Craig Tracy’s Unbelievable Body-Painting Optical Illusions

New Orleans-based artist Craig Tracy is considered a trendsetter in the art of body  painting. He spends hour painstakingly painting his subjects’ bodies with  water-based paint, before taking photos of them in unique positions.

The first time we featured Craig Tracy on Oddity Central, was in January  2010, right after he created a jaw-dropping  image of a tiger from the contorted bodies of several models. It was one of  his most amazing works, but the American artist now has an entire collection of  mind-blowing images painted on human bodies. Born and raised in New Orleans,  Tracy always knew he was going to be an artist, in fact everyone else knew it as  well. ”There was never any question regarding my being or becoming a  professional artist. It was always just obvious and understood,” he says.  Craig’s parents, whom he describes as “working class hippies”, nurtured his  creative development and gave him the freedom to mature as an absolute  individual. At 15, he received his first airbrush, as a gift from his parents,  and just a year later, working as an airbrush artist in a local shopping  mall, he had already learned to draw almost anything on a vast array of  surfaces. After graduating from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, the  young artist became an illustrator for advertising agencies and editorial  publishing houses, and hated it. After six years, he left his career as an  illustrator behind and started painting “murals, t-shirt designs and just about  anything and everything possible”.

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