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PUBLISHED: 16:12 GMT, 2 December 2012 | UPDATED: 16:12 GMT, 2 December 2012
Artist Gesine Marwedel’s paintings are full of life – quite literally.
The German creates her stunning images not on a traditional blank canvas but on the bodies of people, as these breathtaking pictures reveal.
Using her subjects’ limbs to create angles for her intricate work, she transforms them into moving masterpieces that represent landscapes and animals.
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.
Ms 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.
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
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 tribal people.
It still survives in its ancient form among the indigenous people of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
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