This is Kay Pike, relatively makeup free. If you're thinking, hey, she's wearing a decent amount of makeup in that picture, well, then you don't know Kay Pike. Pike is a self-described designer, artist and model. And she uses body paint to transform herself into your favorite characters from video games, comic books and more.
Here's Pike, for the most part unrecognizable in Jean Gray body paint. You can watch the character come to life in video on her Instagram. Part of the painting process involves standing in front of a large, lit mirror and using brushes to dab paint onto her body.
Pike put her first body paint video on Reddit, and it became a hit overnight. Since she uploaded her Attack On Titan character, dozens more have followed, and she sometimes live-streams the process on her Twitch channel.
Pike is completely self-taught. She experiments with different types of paint and works purely based off of trial and error. Since the age of eighteen, she's been able to support herself with her artwork.
Pike painted herself into Superman, saying, "We don't talk about gender roles on my channel. In fact, when people say you should paint yourself as Superwoman, I'm like, 'No. I want to paint myself as Superman.'" We don't care if you're a man, woman, bird or plane ”” she looks exactly like Superman.
"Art is art. I'm one of those art class nerds that would go and eat lunch in the art room and hang out with the art supplies," she said. She likes to stream her painting because without an audience, painting feels more lonely. She also likes to take questions from her followers.
It can cost Pike up to $150 just to paint the entire upper half of her body. She created a 17-hour live stream based on painting the characters of the Marvel universe. The Marvel website then posted an article interviewing Pike about her serious painting skills.
Pike paints both herself and other people. She said that one of the most difficult parts is the physical taxation on the body and also having to step back and determine the optical illusion from reality. Painting others is a lot faster ”” she painted her husband as the Beast in a quarter of the time it usually takes to paint herself.
One of Pike's favorite paints ever was painting herself as Lady Deadpool. "It's really liberating to feel [like] you can express yourself outside of what you look like, put value in talent and creativity, and say [you're] more than a pretty face. By allowing myself to challenge the role, social etiquette, and standing as a polite model ”” risking it all by taking painting seriously ”” I broke out of the shell of a body to become an artist that helps others find themselves," she said.