Many people feel an especially close connection with our animal brethren, which is probably a big part of why we find animal body art like this so appealing – these models, and the artists who paint on them, create a figurative representation of the relationship we share with all life.

There are all sorts of things that body artists can draw on their human canvases, but organic animal forms seem to match best with the shapes of our own bodies. Through these artists’ masterful illusions, the elegant curves of the models in these photos can become the arch of a giraffe’s back, the smooth and sleek flank of a tropical fish, or the nose of a wild tiger.

(h/t: mymodernmet)

Artist: Gesine Marwedel

Artist: Johannes Stoetter

Artist: Gesine Marwedel

Artist: unknown

Artist: Emma Fay

Artist: Gesine Marwedel

Artist: Emma Fay

Artist: Guido Daniele

Artist: Emma Fay

Artist: Gesine Marwedel

Artist: Guido Daniele

Artist: Gesine Marwedel

Artist: Kate Spinks Dean

Artist: Guido Daniele

Artist: Gesine Marwedel

Artist: Kate Spinks Dean

Artist: Johannes Stoetter

Artist: Wiser Oner

Artist: Gesine Marwedel

Artist: Craig Tracy

Artist: Gesine Marwedel

Artist: Gesine Marwedel