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Almost finished my Christmas commissions – just one last one to do (unless someone rings me two days before Christmas with a request for a piece of artwork – and that wouldn’t be the first time!). I’m pleased with my little pencil drawing of this female lakeland terrier and really enjoyed doing it (don’t worry, I haven’t left the world of erotica for long, just a brief sojourn into the land of Vanilla, I’ll be back again shortly, I promise!!). Although I try to do a white crayon on black card erotic drawing most weeks, its not the same as a normal graphite pencil drawing on white background. I suppose the result of both is a simple tonal drawing showing lights and darks, shape and form, but my pencil drawings tend to have more detail in them and I’m building up from white to deepest darks, whereas the white on black drawings are picking out the pure light on the subject and leaving the rest to the imagination in the black of the background, and thereby giving more of a feeling of mystery to the picture. So a while since I’ve drawn in the way of this pencil drawing, and I enjoyed doing it very much, as a bit of light relief, I suppose. I’ve done so many of these that I don’t need to put much depth of thought into it, I tend to work on it almost automatically – deciding on the composition, and what size, drawing out the outline, working out the background, and then I start filling the image with tone, building up from the lights to the darks, and creating texture within the image as I go. Using a hard 3H pencil for shiny surfaces, an HB or B for the main detail and soft pencils from a 2B, and 3B up to a deep 6B for darks and grainy texture, going over it with the 3H pencil again if I want REALLY deep darks with depth of tone, as the pencil covers the surface of the paper and covers the white. I can play some good drawing music, something with a good beat to it, that gets me moving, and on with the picture. Easy enough! And I must have got something right, as the woman who commissioned it was delighted with it and is talking about commissioning me for another painting in the new year! Yay!!

And so on to the second dog portrait….. this one in paint, not pencil…. so colour to consider in this one, which makes it more of a challenge…… mmmm……

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 (8)

  1. Indigo
    Dec 8, 2007

    Oh isn’t it sweet!! much prefer your pussie ….pics!

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 8, 2007

    Indigo – Glad you think its sweet, and a bit of a change from the pussy pics!

  3. Racy Redhead
    Dec 11, 2007

    What a sweet little doggie!

    Now, come on Jackie, show us some pussies!!!

    Lol!!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 11, 2007

    Racy redhead – As you well know, pussies is what I prefer doing most, so I’ll get back to them, WHEN I’ve got the dogs done!!

  5. DJ Kirkby
    Dec 12, 2007

    That dog’s got a sweet face. I like the drawing in the post below too. Feel honoured to be able to purchase one of your works of art before you get too famous!

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 13, 2007

    dj kirkby – Thankyou, and I can’t wait to get started on your painting, it’s going to be really exciting to do!!

  7. nitebyrd
    Dec 14, 2007

    I love using pencils. For me, I enjoy the depth I can create with them.

    Your dog is wonderful, Jackie. Not that I expected any less! LOL

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 14, 2007

    Nitebyrd – Yes, that’s one of the delights of using pencils, the depth of tone that can be achieved.

    And I’m glad you like this drawing, thanks!

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