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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.

Steamy in Winter

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We’ve had a couple of good snowfalls here in Ottawa. Even though winter isn’t officially for another 2 weeks, it certainly has made itself known. I’ve been biking through it! I will try to bike every dry day, but I must admit I’m not gutsy enough to bike with sleet and snow in my face. I don’t mind feeling uncomfortable, in fact I find it really fun to push through bad weather. I’m just too worried that the snow will hinder driver visibility, and I like being alive. 🙂

With the cold weather I wanted to treat you to a winter pinup. I don’t think her outfit will keep her very warm, but maybe you can help her out with that. 😉

 

Here’s a bit of the process if you’re curious.

Stay warm!

Bikes, Butts and Burn Out – My Art Show Wrap Up

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Stay tuned at the end of this post for a special treat, if you aren’t already subscribed to my newsletter!

My Bicycle Series has come to a close, and I’ve been a bit off the radar. The reason is I burnt myself out. I think we’ve all dealt with burnout at some point in our lives. Preparing for this show I worked like a mad woman. I have a day job, which is very mentally taxing, but I’d come home every night and work on my paintings and drawings until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I also had to think about prepping for the show, getting the venue ready, sending out invites and all the other logistical stuff.  I enjoyed it all, but pushed myself too hard, then crashed.

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I wanted to take a small break from drawing, and that helped me get caught up on the other parts of my life, but it went on way too long and left me feeling very unsatisfied. The pain of not drawing became greater than the burnout! I’m happy to say that break is over, and I have lots of fun things to share with you.

So what exactly was I doing to make all the art for this show? Here is a little bit about my process.
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Every drawing starts with a sketch. What I love about the sketching part is I can do it while I’m hanging out with friends, since it isn’t require all my focus. It’s actually more fun if I’m distracted, then my lines are more free. I got a lot of my early sketches done during one long evening of board games, doodling away while I waited for my move to come around.

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I used to clean up my sketches before scanning, but I’ve been working digitally for so long I feel pretty comfortable drawing right on top of my blue sketch. The digital drawing is where I can play with my color palette, fix the character’s anatomy and pose, even change her outfit if need be. When I’m done I have a beautiful clean illustration that’s perfect for making prints.

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Normally I stop there, but I was having an Art Show and I didn’t want to just expose prints! By creating acrylic paintings of my digital illustrations I could not only expose my work, but offer a one-of-a-kind piece of art. These paintings have my personal, human touch to them.

When creating a painting I use my digital as the base. Remember, the digital is where I fix all the errors and details. So it should be really easy now right? hahaha…nope.

I project my line art onto a canvas and trace over the projection in pencil. I’ll lose a lot of the details in this process, luckily I’m tracing my own drawings, so its easy for me to fix. 😉

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Before I start painting I take them outside and spray them with a matte varnish. If I forget this step my pencil lines smear into my bright colors when I start painting.

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This is much more pleasant to do is summer.

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Then the painting starts! I’ve learned from experience to mix a large batch of all my colors before hand. Since I’m painting large flat areas of color there is no room for mistakes. Acrylic paint is notoriously hard to match! It dries darker than it looks wet, so you can never really get a skin tone back if you have to mix a new batch of paint.

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That doesn’t mean I don’t still sometimes get confused about which jar of paint is which.

First I do all the flats, then shades, then highlights. It’s almost exactly like my digital process, except my dark outline is the last thing to apply.

I actually love the feeling of painting, the way the paint feels being pushed around the canvas, mixing colours, cleaning my brushes and stepping back to observe and fix my work. It’s really special to watch my characters evolve in front of me. I really feel like they are My Girls! I feel very personal about each of them, and I certainly wanted each one to receive the same level of care and detail from me.

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I’ve tried painting the lines on, but I find a big, black sharpie is the best tool for this. It’s clean and covers the paint underneath 100%. Just don’t make a mistake!!

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As a final touch everything gets an acrylic glaze, then varnish.

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And Voila! Art!

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Thanks for reading all about my art show experience. Now that you’ve made it to the end I have a special treat for you!

Did you know there were 3 girls who never made it into the art show?

I’ve finished them up digitally and I’d love to share them with you. Not only that but I’ve written a background story for each girl. 

If you want to see my new girls and get a story about each one, then sign up for my newsletter below and you’ll receive one story a day for the next 8 days! 

My newsletter will also keep you updated on the latest art I’m making, you’ll get an insiders look at my process.

Why Are Bikes Sexy?

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I just finished an art series featuring girls on bicycles, so it goes without question that I enjoy the female form on a bike.
But why are girls on bikes so sexy?
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Well, of course there is the recognizable stretched out pose a bike puts one in. A cruiser allows the rider to sit up, chest up with their butt resting comfortably on a cushioned seat. A street bike bends the rider forward, while they hold tight to the handle bars for speed, their ass sits higher up in the air.

And of course we can’t forget the obvious fact that when riding a bicycle, a woman is straddling a hard, yet cushioned seat that lodges itself deep between her legs.

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For myself, there are a few elements, beyond the obvious physical ones, that I find sensual about biking. A bike is a beautiful work of art. Although I am not a bike fetishist, I’m not turned on by a bike itself, I do find beauty in a bicycle’s form. Porn for me is not always about getting off, sometimes it’s simply about enjoying something beautiful. The beauty of a bicycle, and the beauty of a woman joined together in a painting seems like a perfect fit for a work of Erotic Art.

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There is also one last thing I find sexy about bikes, and bike culture. This machine, which embodies freedom, fitness, an eco-friendly nature and independence is a very empowering tool. A woman on a bike is a woman who is confident and free, and there is something very sexy about that.

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Space Girl Illustration Process

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The inspiration for this piece came from the Girls Drawin’ Girls art group that I’m a member of. There are weekly themes to get us all drawing together and staying creative and inspired.  Last week the them was Outer Space. I wanted to create something that worked well with my cute fun style. A retro theme was exactly the direction I wanted to take.

As always I started with a sketch. I usually do a half dozen sketches but I was really happy with the way the first sketch turned out.

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I cleaned up my lines and scanned her into Manga Studio, then inked. (You can see I adjusted the feet after the initial sketch).

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Then the flat colors.

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Shading and highlights.

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I couldn’t figure out what to do with the background. I tried a few things but nothing seemed right. I realized that my backgrounds are always secondary to my characters. But that isn’t what I want. I want the entire illustration to work together to create something that’s really pleasing to viewer on all levels. I like to look up color schemes on Pintrest to get inspired. I search for bright color schemes and saw a lot of fuchsia and purple. I love these colors together, and thought they’d go really well with the blue outfit of my girl.

First I sketched out some planets.

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Then I moved them over to the final drawing, placing them around my girl so that the viewer’s eyes move around the whole piece. I wanted a big bright plant to fill the empty space on the right, and to offset the character.

And there you have it! A finished space girl.

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You can buy a print of her here!

Cowgirls But No Indians

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Fantasies and Role-play are really fun, and whatever you do in your own bedroom is a-okay with me. We can all enjoy things in private that we don’t have to share with the rest of the world. The things that turn us on can’t always be explained. Sometimes we have a particular kink because of a single image we saw growing up. The mind is an interesting thing, and the way it takes information and processes it is still not completely understood. I think our own head-space and our own bedrooms are a special place that we don’t have to justify to anyone.  Read More

Ottawa Art Show Wrap-up

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If you are just tuning in I was in a group erotic show at Venus Envy which is an awesome local sex shop here in Ottawa. The show was up all of January but is now coming to an end. The Vernisage was a blast. Along with the amazing art there was great music, food, drinks and tons of nice people.

I wanted to share some of my insights and challenges as an artist after finishing up my first erotic art show. Read More

Five Favorite Female Erotic Artists

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After writing my last post I realized my influences are mostly made up of male artists. A big part of this is because those were the people who were making erotic art when I was growing up. As I’ve grown and discovered more artists, I’ve fallen head over heels for female artists. Luckily for me there are more and more women creating erotic art, each with their own styles and stories. Today I want to share with you five of my favorite female erotic artists. Read More