THE ocean washed over a human canvas this week as the Australian Body Art Carnivale was launched by world renowned body artist Bec Anthony at Eumundi.
In keeping with the 2012 theme of Under The Sea, Bec painted up a sea of colour on Tanya Young of Kingsfisher Bay Resort.
Organiser Katie Harvison said the artwork will be the flagship image for Australia's premier body art show.
The artist's intricate marine mural was painted over a period of three hours using brushes, sponges and an air-brush machine.
As a finishing touch, she added three dimensional objects such as shells and pearls to the extraordinary scene.
The Carnivale turns five-years-old next year and event organiser Danielle Taylor said the event had attracted up to 15,000 people annually.
Ms Taylor said she believed it was the magic transformation of human body that drew the huge audience.
"It's fascinating to watch," she said.
"At first there's just the body and then it ends up as an amazing artwork."
For artists, the Carnivale presents an opportunity to showcase their creativity, experience the amazing atmosphere and compete for over $16,000 in cash and prizes.
The event is centred on competitions in full body art and face painting, but also includes competitions and exhibitions in wearable art, pavement art, vehicle art and photography
Next year's event is on May 12 and 13.
Visit www.australianbodyart.com.au for more info, competition registration, sponsorship opportunities and to sign up to receive eNewsletters in the lead-up to the event.