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Catching rainbows

I decided to try a bit of whimsy this week with my life drawing. It was just an idea to see what a pose would look like if it was drawn in the colours of the spectrum, and I’m really pleased with how pretty it is! I decided to do it on black card as the colours stand out better, and pastel was the obvious medium as it’s instant and bright colour, ideal for my design. I worked out a pose that would take the image well – knowing it had to be the long length of the figure rather than having the figure scrunched up and losing the whole concept of the idea otherwise. The female figure was drawn first in white crayon, then I worked out the seven divisions for the pastel colours, starting with red for the head, descending to violet for the feet. I had considered going down the arms to the tips of the fingers in the blue, indigo, violet, but I think that would have looked a bit too much for the image. It works better that the legs just have those colours and the green fingers are in line with the hip colour.

I’m delighted with the result and could easily see it as a logo for gay pride!

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

Comments (24)

  1. Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!!
    Sep 7, 2007

    Beautiful as usual!

  2. RONJAZZ
    Sep 8, 2007

    Gay pride??? ANY pride. Woman, that’s a hot, passionate portrait. Makes me wanna fuck the artist, ’cause she’s gotta be as hot as the picture…:)

  3. Indigo
    Sep 8, 2007

    Most effective, I love the way the female figure lights up .. unusual, yeah… I really like it!

  4. Sexy Vixen
    Sep 9, 2007

    I love this picture

  5. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 9, 2007

    Vi – Thankyou!

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 9, 2007

    Ronjazz – Wow! Well I count that as a good positive reaction for an erotic artist!!!

  7. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 9, 2007

    Indigo – Thanks, I think it’s an effective picture too, and an interesting way to do a figure drawing.

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 9, 2007

    Sexy Vixen – Thankyou.

  9. Willsibob
    Sep 9, 2007

    Another great and a first. The colouring is superb the vividness of colours light her body with energy. However, her down looking face is somehow out of character, it would be great to see the same but with her head back looking up, hair hanging loose, with her either laughing or in ecstasy, so that the viewer will see her whole body glow with that particular force.

  10. Cherrie
    Sep 10, 2007

    I love the effect! And it would work for a scene with straight overtones too. You could mix up the colors and use them as symbols.

  11. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 11, 2007

    Willsibob – Yes, I see what you mean – I’ll add it to the “to do” list! I’m so pleased with the result of this little experimentation that I know I shall be doing another version very soon!!

  12. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 11, 2007

    Cherrie – I’m glad you like it! I loved the idea of a rainbow, and would be interested to use other colours to see their effect, but I’m not sure what you mean about the symbols?

  13. Cherrie
    Sep 12, 2007

    Here’s what I was thinking: red, orange and yellow are hot colors, blue, green and violet are relatively cool. Use the colors to symbolize lust and emotion: one lover may be all red and orange, and the other cool colors until the first one turns him/her on. Or use the hot colors to accent the genital area, and cool colors for the head and shoulders and feet.

    Too trite? I hope not.

  14. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 12, 2007

    DJ Kirkby – I’m so glad you like it – and thanks for the favourites link!

  15. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 12, 2007

    Cherrie – Mmmmm….. I see what you mean now. Yes, that would work, and wouldn’t be too trite if it was done tastefully. Of course, if I was drawing you it would be in the very HOT red and orange colours wouldn’t it?!!!!

  16. Indigo
    Sep 12, 2007

    Definately a logo for gay pride!! You should design it for a t-shirt, I’d wear it for sure.. awesome ..really beautiful.

  17. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 12, 2007

    Indigo – Thankyou, that’s a good idea! And of course it’s got your colour in it!

  18. Indigo
    Sep 15, 2007

    Yes I noticed the use of Indigo…very clever. So you design the t-shirts and I’ll gladly buy it and wear it with ‘Pride’..

  19. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 16, 2007

    Indigo – Ok, so shall I put you down for 500 tee-shirts or will it be just the 1 you want? 🙂

  20. Indigo
    Sep 17, 2007

    Well actually where I work, there are plenty lesbos so you never know, and I may be able to convert a few more to my side of the pitch! But, yeah… I’ll most definately have a teeeee- shirt… one size fits all?

  21. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 17, 2007

    Indigo – ok – I’ll sort one out for you. What size would fit you?

  22. Indigo
    Sep 18, 2007

    Well let me see, my tits are small but not tiny, I’d say a medium would do the trick.. neah hang that, lets go for a small then it’ll cling to my tits and show them off better especially when it’s wet!!

  23. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 18, 2007

    Indigo – Ok, small it is then! The tighter and wetter, the better. I take it you drive through a lot of car washes?

  24. Indigo
    Sep 19, 2007

    Thanks you, you made me laugh, needed that .. (see my blogg) no actually I have alot of wet dreams…!! Yeah right!I wish… although car washes would be fun, minus the clothes though..exhibitionist? oh YES!!

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