How to draw people who aren’t there!

How to draw people who aren’t there!

As often happens in life, with my batch theory of things happening together, and also don’t happen together, I realise as I write this that I have actually had the same request from two different men this week. Neither are connected in the slightest. Both of them I have done artwork for in the last couple of years, and both are asking me to draw something that will certainly be a challenge.

Of course, as an artist I am used to leaving things out of paintings from the reality of what’s infront of me – for instance if its a street scene of a pretty village I will remove dustbins, TV aerials, cars, yellow lines, and For Sale boards because their removal makes the picture far better, far more appealing and delightful to look at.

And occasionally I will add things to enhance a painting… but not usually to this degree…

The first guy who contacted me this week I have drawn before, from life, on his own, and just drew what was infront of me during the sitting. Since then he has asked if I know of  various women who would pose with him doing specific things (of a non sexual nature before you presume!) and I have told him that I don’t. Infact it has intrigued me why he seems to want the experience of posing in a position that will probably be uncomfortable for a few hours, when I have offered to draw the women in, as if they were there, so that he would imagine when he looked at the picture that they had been there. His reply was that he wanted to remember the reality of doing it, not imagine that he had done it. As someone who is used to drawing images for people to imagine what happened next, whether its erotic, or a landscape of what is around the corner, I found his answer intriguing.

But, to follow on from that, he has since come to the conclusion that he can actually have the woman he wants within the painting, looking however he chooses her to look, and I can draw her in to fit his instructions. For me, that makes far more sense. She will exist on paper, if not in reality. Because, and this is the whole point I think, if I had found a woman who would pose in the way he wanted her to, he may have found her unappealing. Surely that matters hugely to the end result I would think?

Man of mystery

The second guy who contacted me rang to discuss his ideas. I have done some drawings before, of his wife, and again the request was for another drawing of her. Ok, yes, no problem. He said that I might not say that when he told me what it was of. I smiled and said its not often that I am flummoxed by a commissioned piece of artwork for a client. He described that she would be virtually naked, and described the pose she would be in. Ok, yes, I can do that for you I said, obviously working from photos. But, there would be  a second person within the drawing who would be interacting with her, and this second person was quite specific in looks, and age, and body type. Okay I said, making notes, and did he have a photo of this person? No, he didn’t. Ok, so you want me to draw someone who doesn’t exist, in a certain position, doing something specific to your wife in the drawing? Yes, that was it.

Okay, I said, I think I can do that…..  after all I did this “Man of mystery” painting last year for another guy who wasn’t sitting on this red leather sofa, or wearing the red and gold venetian mask when I painted him..!

Its going to be an interesting one !

As is the first picture…. !

I’ve got to draw four people, and two of them don’t exist, at all!



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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