Dance Party

dance-party1 An update of some really old linework. In the linework I was trying to recapture a bit of the attitude of a certain series of drawings I made in highschool, but add some definition. Turns out that was a bit paralyzing when it came to coloring it, so it sat in the figurative drawer.

But recently I've been really working on this 'colors' thing (you may have noticed) and have managed to uncramp my hand a bit when it comes to getting things just right. I still sort of want to make a background for it, but it's really time to just get this one out of the 'waiting' drawer.


Back on the Horse

Well the Virginia Rennaissance Faire is over- for me anyway. It's still going on,  but I'll be attending two weddings in the next two weeks, so I couldn't vend for the full run. (Updates may be spotty until July, as sometime in the next month I'm also supposed to be moving!) Since the 'make chainmail 24-7' pressure is off for a little while, I'm getting back on the horse with one of my naked ladies. ...

On second thought, it's probably best to stay away from Ungulate metaphors when discussing nude women.

Male Lady

Look, despite the title, the linked image isn't pervy in the least. Not that there's anything wrong with a healthy amount of pervy-ness, per se. It's just that people doing google searches for 'male lady' should be informed that, in the immortally misquoted words of Obi Wan Kenobi, these are not the pictures you're looking for. What I mean by the title is that this is one of the rare men I draw, and he's rarer still in that he's drawn in my 'ladies' style. (Remember kids, my ladies are generally nsfw.)

Artist != Self-Absorbed Flake?

I don't know why I draw ladies. (edit: FYI, anything I call a 'lady' had a 50/50 shot of being NSFW) No, seriously. I don't. Okay, so I can make up a not entirely untrue explanation about liking to exaggerate curves,  which is all well and good of course but doesn't actually explain anything. It might shed some light on why I do women instead of men, except that I've done men in my 'ladies' style. It's harder, but not impossibly so. So why the urge to draw nude women? (As for the obvious, I'm unconflicted about my rating of 1 or perhaps 2 on the Kinsey scale, so it's not some sort of sublimated desire for women.) Women feel better to draw, although really the joy is all tied up in the completion of a good line. I just want to draw lines that describe something more understood than actually seen. Perhaps then I draw women because I better understand the...shit, I was about to say 'flow of energy in women', and then my bullshit detector went off.

It's hard being an artist with an internal bullshit detector.  It makes for a very noisy brain.

Weekend Nude

I think I might be beginning a lady-drawing phase. We begin with this lady, who is apparently enjoying her day off too much to get up and put clothes on. I think I've been avoiding doing ladies for awhile, because I've been unhappy with my level of realism. The women I draw have always been stylized for sure, but I found myself falling back on 'oh it's stylized ' in order to finish a drawing. Not a good place to be. I somehow needed to reconcile the trueness to life (perhaps realism isn't actually a helpful word here) that I was capable of with the stylization that gave me satisfaction.

Plus, I was unhappy with my tendency to draw ladies without heads. This is fraught for all sorts of feminist and historical reasons of course, but it was also evidence that I was dodging my inability to tie the entire form into a cohesive whole, which is a fairly serious conceptual failing. It's okay to decide to focus on and show only a few lines of a form. But only showing some of the lines because you're not sure how to make all of the lines is a problem.

So I put the ladies on a back burner for awhile, and left them to simmer. I think I might have soup now.


Often, I'll see an opportunity to introduce a little ambiguity into one of my figure drawings. This usually happens during the sketching stage, and when I do see it, I twist it as hard as I reasonably can.

Ye olde classic painters would imply ambiguity all the time, although usually it flies right over the heads of viewers who don't know things like 'that tiny dog at the foot of the bed symbolizes fidelity'. (Yay art history training. *waves a tiny flag*)

In my case, I tend to do gender and relationship ambiguity, because I don't like when people jump to conclusions about these things. I just want to give these assumptions a good-natured poke with my pointy drawing stick, and hopefully get people to re-examine their frame of reference. (Ha! It's funny because my drawings are like a pointed verbal comment, but the pencils and pens I used to make them are ALSO pointy! That's pretty clever for being on a double-dose of Claritin!)

Sometimes it doesn't quite work though: I just about snarfed my coke after I posted the main art from this post on a art sharing website, and the first community comment was 'He needs more scars.' Leaving aside the overdone trope of the aesthetically pleasing asymmetrical facial scar on the mysterious loner, this is a 'he' ?! ... My, what wide, childbearing hips that fellow has.


A case of I drew it, and then wasn't exactly sure what I'd drawn.  I'm still not even sure what the gender is.

However, I have only ever seen a butt like that on dancers, bikers, and swimmers. Given the pose, I think I drew a high diver.

Wowphabet: I

Do you think Illidan gets particularly pissed when someone who's clearly not qualified shows up and tries to kick his ass? I do.

Also, this image caused a dent in my desk. A dent made by my HEAD.

In related news, smoke, fire, and scorch marks are hard to draw.

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It's That Time Again

eyecandy.gif Okay, so there's a five week limit before I start drawing naked people. If you are offended by this, well, I have no control over what offends you. But you might want to go elsewhere, because this trend is only going to continue.

Previously, I've been disappointed and irritated by my attempts to draw men in the same way I draw women. There's no deep psychological block here, just the fact that exaggerating curves on women really works, but on men not so much. They tend to end up looking like they have a glandular disorder.

I'm rather pleased with this one. I used photographic reference to good effect, which is always a balance between what I want to do and what the picture gives me. In this case, I synthesised the elements necessary to comprehend the form without rigidly adhering to the exact representation of the photo. We at Inksplot Studios like to call that 'not tracing', while at the same time 'not sucking'.