But what’s it like?

Some things have a definite answer. Particularly when it comes to time…… how long does it take to soft boil an egg? How long will it take to drive to Edinburgh? When’s tea? How long will it take you to get ready? (well.. ok, that’s EASY for a man to answer, but not a woman, certainly, its a bit more…er….. fluid!!).

So, when my new muse asks me how I will draw her, I can’t answer fully. Because I don’t know how long it will take.  Its not that I don’t have the experience, because I have. Loads of it. Years of figure and life drawing. So, maybe that’s why I know that I don’t know (if you know what I mean!).

It depends on the model, it depends on the pose, it depends on what I’m trying to capture, it depends on how inspirational I’m feeling, and how inspirational the model is feeling. If they’ve had a shit day, the kids are playing up, they’ve got a full bladder, and want to get home to watch “Strictly come dancing”, then they’re not going to be serene and calm. And for me to draw well, I need a model who can sit happily for a while, whilst we listen to some rock or dance music, and whilst I draw them. So, I’ll try my best to find a pose that is comfortable. And that the room is warm. And that they’re not going to get pins and needles or cramp within five minutes of me starting. We all want a nice working environment to work in, to achieve the best we can of the circumstances. So, if the model has got some music that they really like, and they’re feeling sensual and sexy, and are willing to sit for a bit whilst I draw them, then that’s ideal. If we can arrange it. And that’s presuming that the model can sit still. I’ve drawn some people who can sit still endlessly in a slightly difficult pose, with a bad back, on a cold day, on a hard surface. But I’ve also drawn people who can’t. They can only sit for five minutes before they start asking me “Have you almost finished?” or they get light headed and keel over because their legs have locked. But, that is an extreme reaction and usually the reason for that is medical. So, I need to be aware of what people can do, before I start to draw them. And I know I’m fast at drawing. If I had to do a set of five minute sketches, I could do that (with the right tools –  for instance, it’d have to be with a lump of chalk rather than a fine pointed pencil to get the quick soft essence rather than the sharp specifics of the details of the face and body). Sometimes working fast like that can create some surprisingly lovely but simple pictures.  
Anything is possible really. But conjecture is one thing. Actually doing it, will prove the point far better. So long as the model is happy, I can work around the situation. I’ve done it enough times, to know……

And I want it to be a happy experience for her – one that she enjoys and finds pleasureable. 

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.

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