PUBLISHED: 16:12 GMT, 2 December 2012 | UPDATED: 15:55 GMT, 3 December 2012
Artist Gesine Marwedel's paintings are full of life - quite
The German creates her stunning images not on a traditional
blank canvas but on the bodies of people, as these breathtaking pictures
Using her subjects' limbs to create angles for her intricate
work, she transforms them into moving masterpieces that represent
landscapes and animals.
A model is turned into a human swan
in this incredible piece of body art work
A desert scene, complete with
camels, is represented on this woman
World cities are merged as Gesine
Marwedel tries her hand at a more urban style
In one incredible image, a subject is turned into a human
swan, while her other works show desert scenes, a bleak mountain, and a
breathtaking cityscape that merges what appears to be Barcelona and Sydney.
Marwedel, from Dortmund, has also turned one person into a flamingo, and
ethched eye-catching paintings of an iguana and a tiger.
All her body art is created using eudermic colours, which
are natural and based on mineral water and thermal mud.
The 25-year-old, who has attracted a large following in her
native country, says she was inspired to paint after working at an Indian
orphanage on completion of her university degree.
A bleak mountainscape under a
moonlit sky transforms this woman
Both men and women are used by the
talented artist, whose highly intricate works reveal an incredible eye for
detail. A jigsaw puzzle and eyes are shown here
Half-man, half-tiger: With
meticulous attention to detail, a tiger painting merges into the model's
Most people would jump out of their
skin if they had an iguana on them but, luckily for this woman, it's just a
painting, albeit incredibly lifelike
German Gesine Marwedel has attracted
a cult following in her native country with work like this
She describes her style as 'mostly realistic or
surrealistic' and also paints on traditional canvas using oil.
Traditionally, body art was, and still is, popular among
It still survives in its ancient form among the indigenous
people of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Gesine Marwedel gets to work on one
of her subjects, this time painting a tree on a beach