By Katy Gill
From deadly serpents and jellyfish to a human heart – this artist creates incredible glow in the dark masterpieces on naked people.
Body artist and photographer, Paul Roustan, uses fluorescent paint, a dark studio and ultraviolet light to produce the striking shots.
The 37-year-old, from Redondo Beach, California, has been bodypainting for 12 years and said people were often drawn to the vibrant colours and the shape of the human body.
He said: “Once I did my first body painting, I was hooked.
“I was completely entranced by how a model can bring an artwork to life.
“This allowed me to look at the result as if someone else had painted it, enabling me to suppress my own self-critic, something every artist struggles with.
“Being a somewhat impatient creative, I also enjoy the limitation of having to finish the entire work within a day, generally three hours on average to paint, and an hour or two for photography.
“Sometimes the concept is inspired by a conversation with the model, sometimes by a location.
“I think for me, it’s less a passion, and more an obsession. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have a choice. I just have to do it all the time.
“Naturally, black light has a very unique and attractive effect. Like bugs flying into a bug zapper, people are drawn to the vibrant colors against dark backdrops that hint at the shape of a human body.
“It’s interesting how many assumptions are thrown at body painting just because of the nudity. It’s simply a different canvas.
“I paint all shapes, heights, weights, genders, ethnicities and I am a feminist.
“I love it when people are able to enjoy the work as I intend it. It can be very rewarding.”