I did another drawing last night based on the pose I used last week, but I was far happier with the result this time. Instead of drawing the model from behind her head, I drew her from the side and was happy with the pose I had set her in and was just about to commence drawing when she commented that the spot-light was in her eye too much, and she momentarily put her forearm over her face to shield her eyes – and I exclaimed “That’s it! a loads better pose, stay there, just like that!” so that’s how I drew her, eyes hidden, and much prefer the outcome of it! The drawing is a nice body landscape showing feminine curves and plains, and is called “Pleasing yourself” which leaves no doubt at all as to what she’s doing, unlike last week when I couldn’t make my mind up if the drawing was fully erotic or not (and that’s not usually a problem for me, I normally exactly know what’s erotic!!). The model was happy with the pose and said she could quite happily go to sleep in this pose, so I agreed and said I’d find her some nice quiet music to listen to then. She was surprised as I normally like something with some *raunch* in it then burst out laffing when I put on AC/DC at full blast!!!!! We don’t do quiet when I’m drawing!!!!
…………..And I want to say at this point that I feel I have finally arrived as an artist. Sorry, I’ll rephrase that – as an Artist. I love it when someone introduces me as “Jackie, the artist” – that use of the word “the” says so much!!! But I know I’ve worked very hard this year on my art, on promoting me and my artwork. I’ve built up my website, and started this blog, I’ve met some very interesting people both in real life and through my virtual internet life. I’ve talked locally to the WI and had in-depth conversations with people from different continents, I’ve sold artwork locally and to the USA, and joined the Guild of Erotic Artists which I know is going to open many other doors for me, through my connections with it and other artists. And during one of my recent conversations with a well established erotic artist, he said that people buy artwork for three reasons, and they are:- because you’re an established name, and people buy your art as an investment; because they just like the painting; and because the artwork is decorative, but that’s all it is. And I know I’m a long way past being “just decorative” and for some years now I’ve been painting and selling artwork because people have an empathy with a particular drawing or painting, but……. now………….. I feel I’ve arrived as an “Artist” – I’m just starting to become an established name. And how do I know this? Because I’ve sold quite a bit of artwork in the last few weeks, locally and abroad, and at no point has anyone quibbled over the price I’ve set. They tell me what they want, and if its a commission I explain how it will look, we discuss size and medium, whose framing it and any other pertinent details and then I give a price and they nod and pay me. Maybe they think they’re getting a bargain and are relieved I wasn’t as expensive as they first thought, maybe they just think it’s a fair price. I know I’m not expensive as an artist, but neither am I cheap. But I also know I can paint things that many other artists can’t. So I have a unique talent. I know my prices will rise as I get more established – its the way with the arts, whether you’re a musician, writer, actor or artist. And, hopefully, my buyers will have an investment for the future…….. I’m working on it, anyway!