Ceci n’est pas une grenouille

No, this is not a frog:


The amazing video below shows what it is: an artwork envisioned and created by Johannes Stötter:

There are more examples of bodypainting on his site, but this is the coolest.

h/t: Gregory


  1. Posted March 16, 2014 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Anakin's reveries in multiverses.

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    That frog made me feel fat.

  3. gbjames
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 11:46 am | Permalink


  4. Posted March 16, 2014 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I was trying to find an ~ match to the species, but I have not succeeded.

  5. Posted March 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    For a second there I thought you were going to tell us it was an example of mimicry in
    nature, but instead it’s mimicry in art.
    That video was extremely cool!!!

  6. Posted March 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to link to the Daily Mail, but this is worth it – they featured Stoetter’s parrot.

    • Posted March 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      That is also interesting. What puzzles me, though, is that in the 1st photo the parrot eye looks to be just above the eye of the model, that is just above the brow of the model, but in the lower pix the parrot eye is painted over the eye of the model.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      Those models are very gifted as well. I’d have to pee the whole time or get all bloaty & ruin the effect. 😀

  7. merilee
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure why, but these bodypainting things creep me out…I like the original animals much better.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

      I wonder if they creep you out because your brain sees them as something a bit off & ambiguous. Like this video explains?

      • Merileec
        Posted March 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

        Interesting video. Do you think the guy’s done a PhD on being creeped out?

        I don’t find masks or clowns or dolls creepy, or supernatural movies scary. Just this body painting stuff. Not scary-creepy, just unpleasant I guess.

    • Grania Spingies
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      I’m also in the Creepifying Club.

      Much as I admire the sheer talent and creativity that goes into these things, I’d also much rather see the real thing.

      And thanks for the video link, Diana. Interesting.

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

      3rd for creeped-out.

  8. johnjay
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    The same artist did this… a woman painted and posing as a parrot:


    story here:


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