WIP 2019 Final Project of the Year, Totally NSFW

Updated: Jan 26


This is one of the final projects for 2019 and one of the most ambitious in terms of technique. I've been working on it for a few hours each day for a month and a half. The project uses a 2H pencil for the sketch line/facets/hatching, a white pencil for highlights and a 1px eraser for cross hatching light underneath the forms on CP04 Cold Press paper in Rebelle 3 on a Surface Studio. The goal is to try to maintain focus longer and use finer lines with a much higher degree of overlap to create greater texture and tone. The technique takes an incredible amount of time and patience but as mentioned in previous posts, I've always enjoyed the results. Yes, the subject matter is erotic which is why this is labeled NSFW (Not Safe for Work for the uninitiated). The inspiration to attempt this comes from two key points. 1) Black women can be incredibly attractive even when they don't believe it of themselves and are terribly underrepresented. 2) There is a online art community that I'm a part of that specifically focuses on erotic art and kink/BDSM themes. It's a fun place to show and talk about projects that would violate the TOS (Terms of Service) on most other social media sites. Working without boundaries is always fun when the usual studies and corporate projects leave one feeling stifled at times.


I was tempted to use ArtRage 6 for this due to its high quality output that favors traditional mediums but went with Rebelle because it's still the best I've used overall in that regard. It's no mistake that you don't see Photoshop being used here just as it's no mistake that Adobe felt pressure to release Adobe Fresco to address Photoshop's shortcomings when simulating traditional mediums. Understand, getting a digital brush or a filter to look like watercolor, oils etc is easy. Too easy actually. But getting a digital brush and paint on digital canvas to actually react in real time like traditional mediums is very difficult which is why a lot of developer's creative applications simply don't even try to attempt this.




Starting in late 2018 and for the majority of 2019 a blending drawing technique was used for portraits and various other drawings. Like many other artists, the blending technique is one of the first learned when I was very young. It's the same technique my father favored when he was active. The crosshatching and facet technique was introduced to me by one of my instructors, Mr. Rossman, at undergrad University of the Arts. He watched as I was sketching a character design idea one day in my freshman year and after a few seconds, he pointed out a key error in my work. The forms that made up the drawing lacked depth. He said I was searching for the visual language to articulate the character but haven't figured out how. Mr. Rossman then asked me to follow him to the UArts visual archive and showed me a series of old great masters drawings. He pointed out studies various masters created that used cross hatching and facets to create forms in 3 dimensional space and light underneath the forms, giving them much more depth.


Mr. Rossman then explained to me in detail the technique and challenged me to learn it, explaining a key reason why comic book art, one of my inspirations at the time, is limiting because it relies too much on style and shortcuts instead of actual knowledge. I've been trying to master it ever since. The WIP shown above is the latest in pushing those efforts forward. I'm sure Mr. Rossman didn't mean working digitally but hey, it is 2019 not 1919 but the technique is still sound even in digital format.


Examples of two drawings created in 2018/2019 using a blending technique to create shadows and tone. Some people prefer the smoother look this technique creates which is understandable. I really enjoy line art generated textures more which is why my blending technique talents aren't quite as developed as the crosshatching and facet drawing skills.


I'm working very hard to finish the current WIP by the end of the year. It's further along than what's presented here so maybe I'll actually make that deadline.


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