At GeeksterInk we see lots of crazy good art from all over the world. So, when we see something that impresses us, you know it's something special. When I first saw Rugby, UK native Nikki Shelley's face paintings I was blown away.
So, I wanted to share some of Nikki's work and a brief interview we conducted with the super talented artist.
GI: How did you get started with art?
NS: I've always loved art, even at school, if I had projects to do it would be 95% artwork and 5% writing! I would draw little doodles on my school books, sketch books, homework.... basically any where I could!
GI: What were the first things you remember drawing?
NS: That's a tricky one..... being brought up on music like Guns n Roses and Iron Maiden etc, I think I drew a lot of that kind of stuff; roses, skulls etc And I love Gothic artwork, I think there's just a beauty in it.
GI: Was there an artist you remember who first inspired you?
NS: My all time favourite art inspiration is H.R.Giger........... with Alien being one of my favourite movies, I really fell in love with Giger's art work, I liked the darkness of it, but that it was also beautiful and different.
GI: When was the first time you thought to paint on some ones face?
NS: As soon as I had children and they were old enough to paint for Halloween! ha ha Then I painted my nieces and nephews faces too........... but being a fan of horror, I couldn't paint that kinda stuff on them, so that's when I started painting on myself.
GI: How long have you been doing it?
NS: I've been painting for just over two years now
GI: Is there lots of trial and error?
NS: Yes! and LOTS of frustration! ha ha basically I map out where all the important bits are going, eye sockets, jaw bones, teeth etc and then I just kinda wing the rest. Many times I've had to wash it off before I've finished it because I've got the placement wrong.
GI: Do you ever look at someones face and think you want to paint them?
NS: I cant say that I have! maybe its because I only paint on myself now, I don't really consider how it would look on someone else unless i'm painting them.
GI: does it bother you that it washes off so soon?
NS: Sometimes it does, especially when I've spent four hours painting it! but I don't paint until the kids are in bed ( so I can paint in peace!) so I don't usually get finished til the early hours, by that time I just want to wash it off and go to bed lol
GI: Do you have a favourite?
NS: I think the Jack in a box is possibly my favourite, although the 'inner demon' and the 'ape' are two that i'm quite proud of too.
GI: We always have to ask... Do you have any tattoos?
NS: I do have tattoo's! My brother is a tattoo artist so tattoo's are kind of a normal thing in my family. I have a big shoulder piece of my own art work, which I will be bringing down into a full sleeve - skull/zombie themed!
GI: Has anyone ever asked you to design a tattoo?
NS: Yes! LOTS! ha ha I have a list of people who have requested tattoo designs, its just finding time to work through them! lol
GI: Any plans to visit the US?
NS: I would LOVE to! It's definitely on my list of things to do in the future!
The artist Nikki Shelley sans make up.