See Lizzie Cullen's painted naked ladies (and gents)

Lizzie Mary Cullen sent us her recent Body Art Series, and asked if we'd like to cover it. The photographs included lots of naked models adorned with Lizzie's illustration. It was a tough choice – but in the end we thought our readers might be into it.

We caught up with Lizzie to find out more about the project.

DA: So what's your inspiration for drawing on people?

LMC: "The inspiration came out of the blue. I was looking at a blank piece of paper and I was thinking how I wanted to work on another material. I did a skin test on my ever-willing housemate Faye, and the results were really nice."

DA: Is the project influenced by tattoo art?

LMC: "I think they are influenced by tattoos in the way people associate any kind of body art with tattoos. Tattoos are such an ancient way of marking and decorating flesh, so the idea of painting a body and not be swayed by what I've seen is almost impossible."

DA: Do you have a plan or rough sketch of your drawing or do you make it up as you go along?

LMC: "Obviously there are a lot of differences between this kind of body art and the tattoo. One difference is that when you get a tattoo, you usually have an image in mind. But with this type of body art, I work with the contours of the face and body, and I never plan what will emerge from the design."

DA: Do you try and emphasise any features?

LMC: "I find that I like to make a feature out of the flowing hair of my subject. Lydia, my first full body subject, has a beautiful mane of auburn hair. I made quite a feature out of it, even though I was madly jealous of her. I had to hold myself back from cutting her hair off, and sticking it to mine with sellotape."

DA: How do you convince people to strip off naked to let you draw on them?

LMC: "With the promise that I'll still love them in the morning."

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