I recently uploaded some new merch to my Etsy store, including three nudes. They each have my usual predilection for high contrast, but they represent three different approaches to life drawing.
The nude at the left represents photorealism. I tried my best to accurately draw the light and shadow on the model’s body.
The nude on the right takes its cues from comic book illustrations; I transformed the shadows into irregular blocks of black ink. There is arguably a psychological subtext in the doubling of the figure, as the one on the left could represent the public persona — strict and alert — whereas the one on the right is withdrawn and vulnerable, more like our inner selves.
Finally, the nude on the left is the “popiest” of the three. The pose is sexy and direct, and the colors are exaggerated. I like how the softness of the pencils contrasts with the, erm, hardness of the model’s body. (In the original art, his member is not censored, by the way.)
Three completely different ways to depict the nude body, and they are all for sale! Buy your favorite nude before it’s gone forever!
My pop-tacular illustration is featured in the December issue of Give Us This Day, a user-friendly prayer magazine geared toward modern Catholics. I’m in good company here, as one of the people involved with the magazine is Fr. James Martin, a fierce advocate for LGBT Catholics.
My art brings some pop to the readings for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception — truly an honor! Pick up your copy, and check me out on page 86.
Did you notice I gave my website a fun pop makeover? A sexier look? This is now your resource for “pure pop pleasure” straight from my overstimulated brain!
It didn’t happen overnight. I let my website try on a few different looks before we found “the one”. Now I will take you inside the fitting room for a little sneak peek at some of the sexy outfits we tried.
We started with a streamlined version of my old logo (below, top).
I knew we were on to something, but I was frankly getting bored with the yellow and blue. It was time for some fabulous new colors: fuschia and grey!
This is when we started to get excited! The colors were like a party for the eyes, but the logo was looking aloof and bored. So I borrowed two of my recent pop subjects, Al Capone and the Black Dahlia, looking cool and glamorous.
Eureka! This is when we knew we had found our look. From there it has been easy to make over my other outlets, including Instagram and my Etsy store. The next step will be to upload some brand-new pop masterpieces for your viewing pleasure.
Is your mouth watering yet? Good, it should be. This is what we call a tease. 💋