What does a man see in an erotic image – is it different to what a woman sees? I think it well may be. This week I took some of my latest erotic drawings to a gallery where I’m hoping to get my pictures hung. This gallery features a lot of good quality artwork but erotic art is new to them. I was happy with the quality and standard of the artwork and would have been delighted if the gallery had accepted them then and there, hung them on their walls and a week later said they’d sold them all and could I produce another 20 images because they were so popular (well, I can dream, can’t I!???!). But the gallery owner didn’t say that, what he said was that he wasn’t happy with the generic faces I put on my drawings. Not even the fact that I might only put in the mouth and an eyebrow, even that was too much. Because it was “somebody” even then. What he wanted was them to be headless, ideally. Just torsos. Ok, I can do that, no problem. But I’m not convinced he’s right in his decision. Because, for me, the image is made by the emotion in the picture, and that is depicted usually by the face. To me, to make them headless renders them just as a body – just a pair of tits, or an arse, an item, a characterless, faceless “object”. And I think that’s the difference between men and women – women want the emotion in the picture, men just want the item. I shall be interested to see how the pictures come out – and if they’re accepted at the gallery, how they are welcomed. And if they do sell, who buys them. Just men? And what the feedback is. Because I’m not convinced, not at all!
This weeks image is with head (!) and is another of the white on black drawings with just a hint of red – this time at the mouth, as the woman is putting on her lipstick. She’s wearing a black slip, with one of the straps fallen down over her shoulder, one of her legs raised up, the other on the floor. I think the pose makes her look a bit sluttish – isn’t it only bad girls who wear scarlet lipstick? Maybe. I like the shapes of her body against the black background and black underwear. Its called “Lip service” and I’m happy with that as a title.
Right, better get my rubber out and remove some heads – decapitations here I come!! 🙂