Body Paint, by Kay Pike

See This Artist-Model Become One Superhero After Another in Body Paint

Between the worlds of Sports Illustrated’s body painting and Comic-Cons’ cosplay lies Kay Pike. The model-entertainer, turned entrepreneur with Canada Cosplay, has become the most requested Event Vendor in Canada. You likely know Pike because of her “CosPainting” on Instagram.

When Pike returned to her love of painting, trying out the balanced approach of donning superhero outfits by way of body paint that she does herself, the Internet flipped. Her first outing went viral with more than 700,00 views on her Facebook page before hitting more than 15 million throughout a number of sites, though reddit played a large part. She’s since become a regular on Twitch.tv, where she paints twice a week and streams her Photoshop edits.

Lately, blogs and publications have taken notice, with her seeing write-ups from Metro, FastCoCreate, Elite Daily, Tech Insider, ComicBook.com, Daily Mail, and Huffington Post. That’s why Pike’s Instagram follower count is making gains by leaps and bounds by the day. It’s 86,000 at the time of this article’s publishing, but it’ll be well into the hundreds of thousands in no time, honestly.

See why by checking out her unreal cospaint below. Seriously, Pike is operating on another level.

However, before you pour your eyes over the body-artwork she’s known for, here’s what she looks like most of the time (so you don’t assume she’s some kind of Marvel-esque mutant who can shape-shift with ease).

And here is the double-take-inducing cospainting majesty she’s known for.

Dark Phoenix is who I painted last time on http://www.twitch.tv/kaypikefashion This insanely powerful very complex character was a joy to create in paint. I used a viscous amount of ambient orange lights and back-lighting of red. Light was affecting every paint choice 😀 It was a Challenge as always to to the extreme contrasts with the style. I last did it with Robin. The animation was fun too, We turned up the gel lamp and tied it into the blowing animation. Fire and Drama 😀 Im practising up as one day I want to paint @lustredust as the green version *lifegoals* The Wig is a Matilda in Crimson from @ardawigs #darkphoenix #jeangray #marvel #xmen #comics #StanLee @shadesofjeangrey @halesbells @sophiet @sirpatstew @thehughjackman @bryanjaysinger @therealstanlee @gregpakpix @ryanstegman @stanleecomikaze @therealstanlee #JackKirby @xmenmovies @xmengeek @comics @comic_con #redhair #yyc #calgary #bodyart @twitch @kryolanofficial @mehronmakeup @mehroncanada @sephora @calgaryexpo @bennyemakeup #mehronmakeup #kryolanofficial #mehron @wolfefaceartfx @ardacanada #makeup #mua #makeupartist #comic #comicbooks #cosplay #cospaint #twitchcreative #twitch #fanart @amazingmakeupart #beauty @comicbookresources @geekfantasymagazine #Dark #Phoenix #bodypaint #paint

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Poison Ivy I painted on http://www.twitch.tv/kaypikefashion last time, and I am painting Again Tomorrow! I really like Pamela IRL. Ivy fights for the world itself, she is like Captain Planet… but a bit of a sociopath. 😀 Poison Ivy=planeteer haha.  I actually really prefer the New 52 Origin to the old one, its a little more twisted and human and convoluted. Shows she is indeed a neutral character, and ironically very human.  You’ll find the animation appropriate as it refers to her M.O. *blows you a kiss* and personally my M.O., long time lurkers know what I am talking about 😀 This is the exact same wig I used for Starfire too~ a matilda in pumpkin from @ardawigs #poisonivy #bodypaint @ithurman @neilhimself @jimleeart @clarefoley123 @claregrant @milano_alyssa @tarastrong514 @jimmypalmiotti #redhair #yyc #calgary #bodyart @twitch @kryolanofficial @mehronmakeup @mehroncanada @sephora @bennyemakeup #mehronmakeup #kryolanofficial #mehron @wolfefaceartfx @ardacanada #makeupartistsworldwide #makeup #mua #makeupartist #comic #comicbooks #cosplay #cospaint #twitchcreative #twitch #dc #fanart @amazingmakeupart #beauty @comicbookresources  @geekfantasymagazine @comicsandcoffee @comicbookresources @geekculture @badasscosplay @epiccomicpics #wig @suicidesquadmovie #suicidesquad #ArkhamKnight #GothamCitySirens #dccomics #batman #PamelaIsley #green

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My Starfire I painted on http://www.twitch.tv/kaypikefashion last night. The Alien of Joy. She is my Venus, full of love and beauty . Starfire has always been a cosplay goal, so I am truly blessed and grateful for the ability to paint. I came up with a game the twitch stream, I was doing Starfire’ s Teen Titan voice. For quotes the chat gave me. I am told my imitation is spot on 😀 I am planning of doing more versions of her in the future. I love so many of her iterations. This is the most amazing hair too. the wig is a matilda in pumpkin from @ardawigs with a long weft clipped in! #starfire #bodypaint #SandroBotticelli #GeorgePerez #MarvWolfman #HyndenWalch #timothygreenII @scottylobdell @jimmypalmiotti @amandaconnerart @thenealadams @dccomics @dcentertainment @dccomicsunited @cbr @hyndenwalch1 #redhair #yyc #calgary #bodyart @twitch @kryolanofficial @mehronmakeup @mehroncanada @sephora @bennyemakeup #mehronmakeup #kryolanofficial #mehron @wolfefaceartfx @ardacanada #makeupartistsworldwide #makeup #mua #makeupartist #comic #comicbooks #cosplay #cospaint #twitchcreative #twitch #dc #fanart #marveluniverse @amazingmakeupart #beauty @geekfantasymagazine @comicsandcoffee @comicbookresources @geekculture @badasscosplay @epiccomicpics #wig

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I Painted a Lady Deadpool on http://www.twitch.tv/kaypikefashion yesterday! Very excited to see the new movie. This video has our favourite 4rth wall humour #deadpool is famous for. Ever since @lustredust https://www.facebook.com/LMMakeupArtist painted me as Lady Deadpool for @edmontonexpoofficial I’ve been itching to get back into character! I’m really very happy with this one! I used three lighting sources, one ambient white, one spotlight blue and and one pin-light yellow. I was doing a #speedrun paint so I could see how fast I can go after two months of practice, it only took 5 hours! I’m cereal! I had help in my #twitchtv stream, the chat was dictated to me so I could socialize with everyone without having to read and it took this level of paint (normally I would stream for 14 hours) down to a reasonable level! I had time to make balloon things for people and just play and hangout and feel good before a photo-shoot. My moderators were really helping too <3 <3 <3 I HAVE PROOF I can paint end entertain in a reasonable amount of time! SO EVERYONE tell your favourite convention! #ladydeadpool #deadpoolmovie @vancityreynolds @robliefeld #robliefeld #fabiannicieza #rhettreese #paulwernick @briannahilde @edskrein @teenagemillionaire #morenabaccarin @ginajcarano @stefankapicic @deadpoolmovie @deadpool_4real @deadpoolfacts @deadpool.marvel @calgaryexpo @cineplexmovies @kryolanofficial @mehronmakeup @mehroncanada @sephora @bennyemakeup @geekfantasymagazine @comicsandcoffee @comicbookresources @geekculture @badasscosplay @epiccomicpics @marvel @marvel_pics #makeup #bodypaint #yyc #calgary #mua #makeupartist #comic #comicbooks #illusion #costume #cosplay #cospaint #bodyart @twitch #twitchcreative #twitch #marvel #fanart #marveluniverse

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Captain Canuck Bodypaint I painted on twitch.tv! Here is the replay http://www.twitch.tv/kaypikefashion/v/41959963 and Give a follow <3 as I’ll be painting tomorrow in a special speed run paint, my goal is keep it under 6 hours! 😀 Captain Canuck is our Canadian superhero. He has been around since the seventies so he’s been a thing here for a while! If you’ve been to a comic convention in Canada you’ve probably Met Richard Comely, the writer. He’s a really nice guy! For those of you that don’t know Captain Canuck you should check out the reboot web series on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFinqPnt7So Otherwise feel free to speculate on “super powers” in the comments, I heard some hilarious guesses on what a Canadian super hero can do in the chat on twitch yesterday XD #captaincanuck @captaincanuck #canadian #canada #comics #red #white #canada #comic #illusion @tatianamaslany @supervandie @amoz76 @ajayfry @canada @twitch @c4_winnipeg @kryolanofficial @northernfancon @calgaryexpo @mehronmakeup @mehroncanada #makeup #bodypaint #bodyart #painting #yyc #calgary #makeupartist #canuck #twitchtv #twitch #hero #comichero #mua #paint #art @yycnow @calgaryarts @yycdesigns @globalcalgary @calgary.ab @calgaryherald #flag #costume #cosplay #cospaint

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This is the Captain Planet Bodypaint I painted on http://www.twitch.tv/kaypikefashion Tuesday night! “We need a super hero for the Earth. Let’s call him Captain Planet” No other cartoon I watched as a child has had as much impact on my day-to-day adult life. This show respected it’s audience. It was a ridiculous cartoon, yes BUT it got a young persons mind thinking about more going on in the world, not just the TV in front of them. This show handles and delivered to kids way more mature topics then any got anywhere else. Disease, desolation of species, environmental impact, racism, cultural-ism, economic and political issues etc. We got SO much more out of this show then others presented to us. I like being engaged with the real world. and Captain Planet really is my hero. 🙂 #captainplanet #planeteers #eco #ecofriendly #environment #green #planet #earth #superhero #power #retro #cartoon #90s @twitch #twitchcreative #artist  #creative #art #paint #painting  #bodyart #illusion #opticalillusion #facepaint #facepainting #mua #bodypaint #makeup @kryolanofficial #paradisemakeupaq #mehron #mehronmakeup @mehronmakeup @mehroncanada PS. So many of you were asking in stream so here a special make-up hint I made this ridiculous florescent turquoise skintone that was soooo violent and radio-active looking on camera “Captain Planet Cyan” with 1 part Paradise Teal 1 Part Lt.Blue + 4-5 parts white.

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This was a colossal effort and what I streamed on http://www.twitch.tv/kaypikefashion/profile/ last night.. for 15 hours I really really wanted to get the chest illusion down. I worked so hard, its my Achilles heel of my paints always. Definitely my most in-depth piece and what I decided to take the most time on so far.  I have been wanting to paint the beautiful and majestic colossus since day 1 of streaming and finally got to paint one of everyone favourite x-men. As we all are I am very excited for the #deadpool #movie, I have already been deadpool.. So I’m extra stocked to be colossus!  I hope with all my heart you enjoy Colossus, and that he inspires novelty and wonder in you as well!  #colossus #bodypaint #yyc #makeup #mua #yyc @mehronmakeup #xmen #marvel #marvelcomics @stefankapicic @xmenmovies @xmengeek @xmenewsdaily @otaku_epic_cosplay @comictoons @cosplay_and_comics @badasscosplay @cosplay_only @galacticgamer_ @marvel @marvel_pics @marvel.arts @deadpoolmovie @bodypaint_magazine

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Bizarro-Girl I painted on http://www.twitch.tv/kaypikefashion last night! This bodypaint was lovely, I got excited to do a Bizarro. AM HATE BIZARRO. The paint took about 13 hours to complete, I tried so very hard to get the broken mirror skin look right. So much love. I would like to say that I’m painting characters I really find beautiful (not producing bodypaints) with the love I get for the effort comic artists put into their work, my obsession with light and shadow, “In it for the art” allows for time to fly soooo fast XD Had a lot of fun with the fan during the photoshoot. This paint was a suggestion in my livestream as character with the same hair colour as me.. Reminded me of the Htrae!  Seriously though the Bizarros are really fun and cool plot devices and one of the best moves by DC. But will we see her in Supergirl? #bizarrogirl #Htrae #bizarroworld #injusticeleague #dc #dccomics @dccomics #supergirl @supergirlofficial @melissabenoist @andrewkreisberg @gberlanti #comic #comicbook #tv #drawing #art #artist #paint #painting #yyc #twitch #twitchcreative @twitch @mehronmakeup #cospaint #cosplay #cosplayer #bodypaint #bodyart #body @dcgramm

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