Hikaru Cho from Japan is known for her unusual 3D bodypaint masterpieces that are marked with strong visual illusions. During the Sharjah International Book Fair, she is sharing her talent with the little ones as part of the fair’s Kid’s activities.
Children in her 3D Hand Painting workshop took brushes and were given step-by-step guidance to draw a dice on their hand. Cho feels that drawing on the hand adds more meaning and fun to the process. “The first time I did it, it was coincidental. I didn’t have any paper around me so I drew an eye on my hand and I liked the results. I thought it was something that was worth pursuing further,” she said.
Today, Cho is one of the most famous artists in her field globally and has been extensively featured in international media. She is studying at Musashino Art Unviersity and she creates ads visuals for organizations like Samsung and Amnesty International.
“I’m used to working with adults or advanced painters, so this is a new experience for me,” she said.
Initially, Cho said that she realized that children were not comfortable with using paint. They didn’t know the color mixing rules and many found it difficult to draw shapes, like circles, which don’t have straight lines, she said. She realized she needed to change the material she had prepared to simply the process and the results were positive.
During the workshop children gained more confidence in using the paint and many mastered the various combinations of color mixing techniques. At the end of the workshop, the children proudly showed their painted hands to one another.