Sketch Sessions 111018 - Soooo NSFW


WIP version of a drawing created using a blending technique.

This is days old and initially I wasn't going to share this here because the final is...extremely erotic. It's tempting though because the final turned out really well. But the facial expression fits the times to an extent. Let me explain a bit about what's going on...


As mentioned in a previous post I came across the work of Thomas Poulton, a very talented illustrator from Europe in the early to mid part of the last century. Some of his work you can see here. Be warned, that link is totally NSFW. Thomas worked as an illustrator for some time and found himself in India where he was exposed to the joys of the Kama Sutra. Apparently, Thomas was so inspired by the Sutra that he went on to create an incredible volume of amazing erotic art pieces. Truly fascinating work. Unfortunately, the collection wasn't made public until after Thomas's death. It seems he was afraid of prosecution for being a sexual deviant based on his work so he kept the collection out of public view.


Recently, on a different site that allows the display of erotic art without violating the TOS (terms of service for the uninitiated), a woman posted a question to other artists in attendance asking how they deal with the backlash of creating erotic art. She worries about harsh judgment because of the erotic work she wants to explore. I can understand this to an extent not only based on what I learned from Thomas Poulton's life but also in dealing with the hypocrisy of our society and working in corporate offices.


Portrait of a friend using a crosshatching and facet technique on a Nexus 7 Android tablet. Part of a series of illustrations.

Relevant aspects of US society are based on constant contradiction, immaturity and at the worst of times, nonsense. Condemnation and judgment are fetishes used conveniently. We uplift celebrities for posing nude for a magazine cover or a photo spread but will fire employees for illustrating a nude figure. A celebrity can go to a public function wearing a see-through outfit that leaves nothing to the imagination, receiving accolades from the media but an artist that illustrates a woman's nipple will be outright condemned. Sex is used to sell anything and everything at any time regardless of who is in attendance be it male, female, children, gay, straight, religious or atheist. But erotic art is treated as if it's a mortal sin that's going to twist people's minds, give them cancer and cause the collapse of modern civilization. Morality has nothing to do with any of this as legions of people and entire companies have absolutely no problem conveniently using sex, sex appeal and nudity to push product to audiences far and wide. But it's the facade of morality that is used to condemn erotic art and erotic artists that's the very definition of hypocrisy.


My words to the artist were to find the strength to create what her passion dictates. People don't need much of a reason to judge, criticize or condemn anyone for any reason or no reason at all. We're not talking about intelligence or maturity here. It's more about people lashing out due to their own sexual insecurities and inadequacies. As the artist, there is a price to be paid regardless of the choice made, this is unavoidable. Wouldn't it make more sense to pay the price for creating what you love, being what you are, as opposed to playing the role, jumping through hoops seeking acceptance from people with chips on their shoulders and something to prove? It's damn hard to look in the mirror when living a lie. Mental cages are the worse especially we have the key to open them but refuse to.


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