Fine-art painter Johannes Stoetter started body painting in 2000. The astonishingly detailed artworks have been created by the 35-year-old artist who was crowned World Body Painting Champion in 2012.
He used five people to recreate the lifelike tropical tree frog, one of his most stunning creations. One person can be seen in the centre, acting as the frog’s backbone, while two others can be seen crouched on the floor, acting as the frog’s back legs. Two others are sat upright either side of the ‘backbone’ with their arms and hands strategically placed to immitate the front legs.
He makes his subjects disappear into their backgrounds. Here, the centre pineapple – which is a person’s painted head, is almost a replica of the fruits either side. Mr Stoetter said: ‘The experience was so special that I wanted to do it again immediately – I wanted to try it with different colours, a different model and a different motive. I did my first body painting experiment in 2000. Five years earlier I had the idea to paint a human body but it took me until I was 23 to try it.’
Mr Stoetter uses special breathable paint when he paints on the human body and spends up to eight hours a day adding minute detail and colours.
Mr Stoetter added: ‘The experience was so special that I wanted to do it again immediately – I wanted to try it with different colours, a different model and a different motive.’