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Marvel Comic Book Characters Unleashed Through Amazing Body Painting Transformations

Superheroes have exceptional, supernatural abilities, but what about us humans? Artist Lianne Moseley is someone with an incredible gift that seems like its own super power–she transforms regular people into living comic book characters! Using makeup and body paint, Moseley is able to contour and visually “sculpt” these fictitious figures with strategically-applied body paint. When she's done, her clients look as though they've leapt off the pages of a comic book.

Moseley's portfolio is constantly growing and evolving. So far, she's produced faithful recreations of Captain America, Wolverine, Mystique, and many more. Occasionally, she'll add her own spin on a classic character, such as turning them into a zombie.

Illusion plays a huge role in the success of Moseley's work. While the characters' outfits are undoubtedly important, it's the small details that make a big impact–specifically, her use of lines. Moseley draws black marks along her subject's arms, faces, and torsos, which visually flattens them, making the bodies look as though they're actually an ink drawing–like a real comic book character has popped out of the pages.

Photo: J. Dirom

Photo: J. Dirom

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Lianne Moseley.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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