Getting to the point of being able to start

Getting to the point of being able to start

The “warrior girl” commission that I am working on at the moment is complicated. I knew it would be. Because its not just copying one photo, which is easy, very easy for me to do. It’s not even copying part of one photo and putting the photo of another background to it, which is easy enough to do for me I’ve done lots of pictures like that for clients over the years. No, its merging the basis of one image which is a woman guardian angel, but making her more sexy using the image of a second warrior girl, and using the face of that as the third image, and the hair of a fourth, and the ‘time’ crown of a fifth, and making the wings the colour of a magpies from a sixth, and the lion companion of a seventh, but making the lion a wolf, but making the colours of the wolf the same as the dog of the client, and the immortal words “Remember the fallen” incorporated within the picture too…. so that really its an amalgam of ten, yes TEN images, in one.

Complicated indeed!!!


And although the picture isn’t a large one, on an A4 sized piece of paper, it is going to be the image used for a tattoo design, so I have to consider that as a very important consideration and it means that every line, every aspect of that image has to count, has to mean something, has to be important and valid. No wasted lines, no mistakes, no errors.

It also has to be basically black and white and tonal, but with some colours, the colours of the wings (magpie wing colours) and hair (auburn) and dog (black, dark grey and cream) the rest is less important and may not need to be coloured at all, or it might…

So  yeah, complicated!

Which is why I spent five days of last week working out the best wolf image to use, then the composition as a simple line drawing, and then the tones of it, and then the colours, and making sure the colours and tones corresponded..

So now I can to the important stuff, the drawing of the artwork itself. But only because I’ve done 30 hours already on the preliminary working drawings!

It’s going to look absolutely great when its done… I’ve already got to the point with the black and white pencil tonal sketch of not being able to take my eyes off it… she looks everything she should do!

Its going to look even better as the actual artwork!!

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.