Why I Draw Cellulite

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I draw cellulite.

Why you may be asking? Because cellulite is sexy and I draw porn.

Yes, you read that correctly, cellulite is sexy.

Now the very nature of cartooning means that we simplify a form. We take out the details that we don’t need and emphasize the ones we do. The human form can be simplified down to it’s most basic elements. Take a look at the image below, what do you see?

I couldn’t quite hear you through my computer screen, but I bet most of you said “a face”. It’s pretty cool that we’re able to see a human face in what is essentially two lines and two dots. But remember this, a cartoon isn’t an arbitrary decision.

When we draw cartoons we choose what information
to leave in and what to take out. 

The parts of a woman’s body we choose to erase and those we choose to enhance says a lot about what we think is sexy. It also sends a message about what should be seen as sexy, and what is considered unattractive.

Cellulite is something that affects 90% of women (and 10% of men for that matter). If this so called “affliction” affects the vast majority of women, then is it really a problem at all? Isn’t it just a feature of being a woman?

Is not the soft suppleness of a woman’s skin, which lends itself to reveal delicate ripples on its surface, not an incredibly attractive feature?

Body hair used to be sign that women had reached an age of sexual maturity. It was appreciated as an incredibly sexy feature. A love could become lost in the soft texture and scents held in a woman’s body hair. Until society decided it was gross, and that we should remove our hair any way possible. No matter the pain or cost.

Cellulite can not be easily shaven away like body hair. So instead of taking care of it at the end of each day (fighting razor burn and stubble in the process), we try every cream, pill, diet craze and workout move until we finally give-in to the feeling that we are fundamentally flawed. We feel disgusting, and tell ourselves there are some women who are normal and sexy, while the other 90% must beg to be fucked.

Well no. The only reason we think cellulite is unattractive is because we are told to. So fuck that. Cellulite is sexy. It’s so sexy that I draw it in my porn. I draw close ups on butts that feature the soft puckering flesh of cellulite. I will continue to draw it, and when I get better at drawing stretch marks I’ll draw those too.

Sexiness is a matter of perception. You can choose to feed into the current sociological view of sexiness, or you can choose to believe what is right in front of your face, and under your hands.

Now enjoy some cute cellulity butts.

Working in a Series

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Many artists work in a series, and I’m no exception. One of my art teachers in University had some interesting thoughts on the topic.

She said:

When Artists work in a series, they are trying to work through something.

The more we draw/paint/sculpt the more we come to understand it

I completely agree. Sometimes we are working through an idea, tearing away at our canvas trying to express our feelings. Other times we are trying to understand a style, working with the same medium over and over until we reach a level of mastery. Finally, our obsession may simply be an place, person or an object that has hypnotized us.

One thing that underlies it all for me, is a feeling of being COMPELLED to create. Something just drives me from within, and I feel compelled to bring a piece of art into existence. Many artists feel the same, not being able to eat or sleep until that painting/sculpture/book/song has been created.

For my latex series I was obsessed with the material. How does latex reflect light? How does it cling to the body? How does someone put it on, or get it off for that matter? I found the fabric itself fascinating.

For my Bicycle Girls series, I was obsessed with bikes! Their construction, shape, size, how we ride them, how our bodies fit on them. I am not the best bike mechanic, but I’ve taken apart my own bike to clean it and put it back together. I find the pieces fascinating. I can spend hours in a bike co-op just scrubbing grease off my chain and drive train. It’s a very meditative experience. When I came up with the idea for my bike girl series, I spent hours just looking at bicycles. They were all I could think about for those few months.

I get really excited by new ideas, and I usually have trouble sticking to one task at a time. But working in a series holds my interest because I can explore many different aspects of a single idea.

There is a real satisfaction from stepping back and seeing a pattern in a series of work. I find that a series helps drive home a story too. There are often similar elements floating through a series that hint at the story underneath.

Do you like art that’s in a series? Do you like to buy art in a series? How about a Tryptic or Diptych? Or do you prefer to have one piece that stands alone? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Galda Louise – Women Crush Wednesday

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Today I’m bringing a drawing of the lovely Galda Louise, or Galda lou if you prefer. She is a Suicide girl and erotic model. If you already follow her on social media you’ll know she’s about the sweetest person around. Give her a follow and enjoy some of her lovely photos.

 

Website: http://www.galdalou.com

Suicide Girls: https://www.suicidegirls.com/girls/galda

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GaldaLou

Tumblr: http://galdalou.tumblr.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/galdalou