Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I am reposting these from my art blog. I want to get some different opinions on this:

I've been thinking about this for a while. No, not about sex! Well, yes, sex... but not the way you think.

I have always been fascinated at how mere lines on paper can provoke such strong reactions in people. Anyone who knows the history of underground comics, particularly the Air Priates, knows all about that.

But I am really intrigued at how an artist's work can touch the pleasure centers of someone's brains, even to the point of sexual arousal with just a few lines on paper.

I've always been a fan of art that has "clean" lines. Examples of this would be the work of Adam Hughes (http://adamhughes.deviantart.com/) , Chris Saunders (http://alohalilo.deviantart.com/), and most recently Becca Whita (http://beccawhita.blogspot.com/).

What strikes me about these artists is how their artwork can arouse without being particularly realistic. Especially Saunders and Becca. Their style is cartoony, yet their images are erotic. To me it seems like a contradiction. The more you move away from the real thing (i.e; for a man -- a real naked woman standing in front of him) towards a stylized representation, one would think that the emotional response would be lessened, but that is not the case.

Either way, I thought I would try an experiment in lines, trying to create an erotic image with as few lines as possible. This is going to be a challenge for me because I tend to use a lot of lines and murky shading to get my images across. So here is STEP ONE.

As you can see in the above image I have really only just begun with a basic structure, trying to keep the lines as simple as I can. The lines are also very light. When I scanned it I had to really increase the contrast in Photoshop just so that it was visible.

I will post STEP TWO when it is finished.

I've been here and there. I've drawn a lot of pictures. I've written a bit, too. I'm not good at this self-promotion thing. Look, you want to know about me? just visit these websites. Okay?

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