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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Coloring as art

It seems like the following drawing has been around the internet for ages. You see it pop up all of the time......and admittedly it's not bad:


One of the things I look for in a realistic drawing is proportion and the other is gesture. If someone can capture how the body looks in reality and then can pose it in a way that conveys the right attitude, I feel like the artist has some definite talent. Even if the rendering is a little rough or stiff, I can chalk that up to personal style as long as the overall depiction has that believable feel. This drawing certainly does.

But look what a bit more internet searching came up with:

I don't know what it is, but I just got this weird deja vu feeling!

So, it is quite obvious that "Westfield" did NOT have an innate sense of gesture and anatomy, nor did he work from a model. What he did do was trace over the photo and change a few details.

But Westfield is not the only person out there doing this. In fact, it's rampant. And I suppose for many viewers, it's not a big deal, but I feel let down by the practice. And, if you look back on some of the classic kinky artists from the past, you'll see that a lot of them were either working from models or just had a good sense of anatomy.

A classic "RedRump" illustration, and........

.....a rare look into the process that led to it. Using a photo as a model is a very practical way to get a sense of what you want without having to pay a live model......but......you ARE still drawing it.

Now it seems like anyone with "Photoshop" can be an "artist". Some do it well and convincingly like Barb, others are more clumsy and barely hide the fact that a photo is underneath their 'coloring'. In fact, for the longest time I couldn't quite figure out if Barb WAS or WAS NOT drawing over photos........but then some pieces popped up where it was pretty obvious. That then called into question the earlier work where it was hard to tell, but now became likely.

A classic "Barb" illustration. Hmmmmm, colored photo or super-realistic rendering? Hard to tell.

Another Barb piece........looking a bit more like some photo doctoring, but still possibly drawn.

Oh well......the cat's out of the bag in this one, huh? Makes you wonder about the others.

Now a lot of people have used this 'trick'.......even the legendary Eric Stanton experimented with drawing over fetish photos later in his career.....but to me it just seems more like a 'cheat' than a 'technique'.

Oh Eric, Eric, what's the fucking point? Why not just use the original photo?

In my own (fetish) work I have rarely if ever used a model.......or even a photograph....and tried to rely more on what I learned in 'Figure Anatomy' and 'Life drawing' classes. Admittedly, without a reference, sometimes it works and sometimes it's a little off, but at least I feel I'm drawing and not coloring. (and let's not even get into CGI!)


An 'out of my own head'  pencil drawing I did a while back.


What do YOU think?




15 comments:

  1. You are a truly talented artist KD. I wish you would share more of your work.

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    1. Thanks, Glen! But now I want to remind you and EVERYONE out there: The 'Collected Submissions BLOG' was started as an adjunct to the 'Collected Submissions WEBSITE' http://mattmansfigures.homestead.com/colfire.html
      ......which is prominently and conspicuously linked at the top right margin of this blog (when viewed in 'webpage' format).

      If you have never been there, I think you are in for a treat. And it is there, Glen, that I have shared ALL of my artwork to date......plus stories, and cartoons, and even resin figures!

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    2. I visit your companion site often and enjoy the art and stories.There are some real gems there.Wish you would give us more.

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    3. I have some 'unfinished' pieces that have been laying around for a while......but I can't seem to find the motivation to finish them.

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  2. Hi KD,
    The drawing looks to be a fantastic start to a very realistic "life drawing". Can we see more please.
    I am a fan of using a photo as the basis of a "realistic" drawing especially when depicting the fantasy world: mermaids, gnomes, trolls etc.

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    1. Sure Don, please refer to the link at the top right margin or in the reply above to Glen to see all of my work to date. And thanks. ;-)

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  3. You picked one of my favorite RedRump pieces. While I find the "realness" of most of his female characters attractive, there is something about that particular one that I really love. The only one I like slightly more is the one with a newbie wife sitting on a stool reading a book about how to spank and looking shocked.

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    1. As you well know, if there was any kinky artist out there that stirs my envy, it's RedRump. I've chatted with him in the past and he seems like a decent fellow.......but he also seems utterly bored with the subject matter after having produced so much quality work. I think he just called it quits. (A feeling I can relate to lately)

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    2. I can relate to that too KD.

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    3. I definitely understand how any theme could become boring. There are plenty of times I get thoroughly bored with my blog, though adding to my boredom is I have no talent for visual artistry at all, so at least you have multiple outlets for your self-expression. Other than writing, I am a pure consumer of DD material.

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    4. I guess we all can relate to something getting too routine or overly rehashed.

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  4. i think that was a really good drawing!

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    1. Thanks, Fondles. It's an oldie, but seemed to serve the point I was trying to make. ;-)

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  5. Jack, I really don't care about the coloring, if it was "taken" it is what it is and my mind can color, my mind can make it come to life. Hope this meets your requirements.

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    1. There's nothing "wrong" with coloring.....or paint-by-numbers, or just about anything anyone wants to do with their spare time. That's why we have places like Michael's, and A.C.Moore, and Hobby Lobby.

      I guess I just bristle a bit when I hear praise of someone who colored or photoshopped a photo, perhaps thinking the creator drew it from scratch. The point of this article was to point out how infrequently anyone in the fetish art community actually draws anything anymore.

      And if the point in looking at these images is merely titillation, then WTF? Anything goes. Take a few off-the-shelf magazines and a pair of scissors, maybe a marker or two, and then >poof< instant erotica. (Oh wait, no need for any of that anymore.....we have Photoshop.)

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