Caught in the act

The last two drawings I’ve done of my male model have begun to tell a story, so I wanted to explore the natural progression in my next drawing of him.

He arrived on a bright but very cold day, snow was still lying on the ground and everything felt chilled. After our usual cup of  hot sweet tea and lively chat we discussed the pose. I knew I was asking more of him than he might have been happy with, but we discussed it in detail and he agreed that he was happy to pose in the manner I described. Neither of us were embarrased about it. But why should we be – it was a natural pose, for a lot of people……….

There was only one disappointment to start with, and that was that I had to cut out the lovely natural golden sunlight flooding through the window. I know from past experiences that if I had started drawing with the low level winter sun streaming through the window, it was going to fade fast and the light caressing the model would have gone with it. So, curtains firmly drawn, and the artificial light had to be arranged, and then manoevered for best effect.

The pose was set up, and I walked around him looking intently this way and that to decide which angle looked best, then I was ready to start! Bad Company blasting out of the cd player, and we’re off!!!

The drawing went well, we chatted, and the warmth of the fire kept him warm on this cold day. We talked of many things, and there was an ease between us. He’s told me before that he finds it very comfortable to be naked in my company and I take that as a huge compliment, as he’s never posed for anyone else before and says he’s not sure that he would want to. It shows the rapport we have, and I’m greatly touched by it.

I worked hard, and got to the point where the picture was finished, almost, except for the face, and I tried again and again to decide how I wanted to depict the facial expression, and then it dawned on me! It doesn’t need one. You know what he’d doing. You know if you like it, or not. You know if he’s looking at you, and is giving you an invitation, maybe, to join him. I don’t need to draw the face, because you KNOW what is on his face already.

So, here’s the drawing. You look at first and see a man, you admire the way the light shines on  his firm bottom and shapely legs. You see that he is turned away from you and notice his right arm is loose by his side. Then you look further and see his other hand, and see what he is doing, and see the movement of the muscle in his left leg, and the way the foot is slightly raised, as if he is about to turn, and face you. And you know EXACTLY what look is on his face…………….. especially when you find out the drawing  is called “Caught in the act”. But you add the next part yourself, of what happens next, because that is what the picture is all about…….

When I’d finished it, and showed it to the model, he was as delighted with it as I was. I know he feels the same way as I do about doing these drawings, its not about sex, even though that is what he is depicting in this picture – its about the art, and the creation of it. We both stood there, looking at the finished drawing, that had only existed for a few hours. Both mute with understanding of what it stood for. It was “him” but not the view he has of himself. It was an art form, a creation, a sensuous piece of work, that depicted a man in an erotic pose. And I had created it, from a blank piece of paper, of him, as he stood infront of me. I didn’t draw everything I saw, I made conscious decisions about what to put in, what to leave out, what to enhance, and that all went together to make the piece of art.

Later on, he emailed me to thank me for the day….

Jackie, thanks again for another fabulous drawing and a wonderful experience. I am amazed at how natural, comfortable and at ease I am being naked in front of you and always humbled by the dedication in your work, knowing it is me on the canvas. It sparks so many emotions and strangely for what the images are supposed to portray, sex is not one of them! It is an overall feeling of well-being, being human and it always feels ‘right’. Thank you.

I am absolutely delighted with the drawing and thank you so much for the wonderful feelings this one (and the others) create for me. I am still in awe that someone of your ability takes the time to make me feel so welcome and is prepared to use me as a model; after all I am just an ordinary guy. I cannot find words to describe how incredibly humbling I find the experience and yet it somehow inspires something inside to do with personal achievement and knowing more about yourself.It certainly feeds
my spirit too and the ‘high’ posing gives is unlike anything I have ever experienced – whether it is the overcoming of nerves or perhaps doing something we are conditioned to think of as being naughty ….. whatever it is, I thank you.

Jackie, I would be honoured for you to use any of my comments – they are heartfelt and warm with the deepest admiration for your abilities as an artist and as someone I trust explicitly. The care you take to make sure I am ok with the pose, the surity of what you are creating – everything comes together to make me feel safe in your hands (so to speak!!).

Aw, now I’m humbled as well………….

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. BlazngScarlet
    Jan 13, 2010

    So strikingly beautiful!
    Another fabulous drawing Jackie, and his comments?
    Sweetness all the way around!

    The human body is a living, breathing work of art, and you captured his beauty so well!


    To artist and model alike.

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 13, 2010

    Blazng Scarlet – Aw, thankyou!

  3. Anonymous
    Jan 13, 2010

    I have five cats and a musician for sale. Would you be interested?

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 13, 2010

    Anonymous – What, in painting them?

  5. Anonymous
    Jan 13, 2010

    Framed and ready for sale…

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 14, 2010

    Anonymous – Congratulations, you'd better try ebay….

  7. Anonymous
    Jan 14, 2010

    Thanks might just do that.. signed by the original artist.. what you reckon my chances are?

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 14, 2010

    Anonymous – Good.

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