Black and white drama

It’s a while since I did a white Conte pencil on black card erotic drawing, so I was thrilled this week to be asked to do a commission for a client, in that style. Particularly when the client was so enamoured with that technique!  I love them for their variation on the usual way of drawing a naked body – using black pencil on white paper, which although it picks out the form and shapes of the person I’m drawing, its not as exciting as the white on black which picks out the light as it hits the body in a far more dramatic way. And I always know its how the light is set up across the body from the side that causes that drama. 

The pose was chosen by the client, and she was very specific about not wanting her face to be recognisable in the drawing. I’ve done a lot of these drawings, and sometimes the faces are more visible than in other times. But I think its part of the allure of them as well, if you can’t see the face, or the features in full. The eye happily fills in what isn’t there, and that makes it more exciting.

I’m not showing the drawing I’ve done this week, since the client hasn’t seen it yet, but I’m showing four drawings I’ve done in the past, to illustrate what I mean.

I always find them erotic, and sensual, and subtle, and a delight to draw.

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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