Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Pleasing yourself

I did another drawing last night based on the pose I used last week, but I was far happier with the result this time. Instead of drawing the model from behind her head, I drew her from the side and was happy with the pose I had set her in and was just about to commence drawing when she commented that the spot-light was in her eye too much, and she momentarily put her forearm over her face to shield her eyes - and I exclaimed "That's it! a loads better pose, stay there, just like that!" so that's how I drew her, eyes hidden, and much prefer the outcome of it! The drawing is a nice body landscape showing feminine curves and plains, and is called "Pleasing yourself" which leaves no doubt at all as to what she's doing, unlike last week when I couldn't make my mind up if the drawing was fully erotic or not (and that's not usually a problem for me, I normally exactly know what's erotic!!). The model was happy with the pose and said she could quite happily go to sleep in this pose, so I agreed and said I'd find her some nice quiet music to listen to then. She was surprised as I normally like something with some *raunch* in it then burst out laffing when I put on AC/DC at full blast!!!!! We don't do quiet when I'm drawing!!!!

..............And I want to say at this point that I feel I have finally arrived as an artist. Sorry, I'll rephrase that - as an Artist. I love it when someone introduces me as "Jackie, the artist" - that use of the word "the" says so much!!! But I know I've worked very hard this year on my art, on promoting me and my artwork. I've built up my website, and started this blog, I've met some very interesting people both in real life and through my virtual internet life. I've talked locally to the WI and had in-depth conversations with people from different continents, I've sold artwork locally and to the USA, and joined the Guild of Erotic Artists which I know is going to open many other doors for me, through my connections with it and other artists. And during one of my recent conversations with a well established erotic artist, he said that people buy artwork for three reasons, and they are:- because you're an established name, and people buy your art as an investment; because they just like the painting; and because the artwork is decorative, but that's all it is. And I know I'm a long way past being "just decorative" and for some years now I've been painting and selling artwork because people have an empathy with a particular drawing or painting, but....... now.............. I feel I've arrived as an "Artist" - I'm just starting to become an established name. And how do I know this? Because I've sold quite a bit of artwork in the last few weeks, locally and abroad, and at no point has anyone quibbled over the price I've set. They tell me what they want, and if its a commission I explain how it will look, we discuss size and medium, whose framing it and any other pertinent details and then I give a price and they nod and pay me. Maybe they think they're getting a bargain and are relieved I wasn't as expensive as they first thought, maybe they just think it's a fair price. I know I'm not expensive as an artist, but neither am I cheap. But I also know I can paint things that many other artists can't. So I have a unique talent. I know my prices will rise as I get more established - its the way with the arts, whether you're a musician, writer, actor or artist. And, hopefully, my buyers will have an investment for the future........ I'm working on it, anyway!

14 comments:

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

beautiful work as usual my dear, and you TOTALLY deserve that title!

Jackie Adshead said...

Vi - Aw, thanks mate!

having my cake said...

I really like that one. It's amazing what difference changing the angle of approach can make. A bit like you suddenly realising that you are an Artist... and you are!

Jackie Adshead said...

Having my cake - considering what YOU blog about, I would have thought you'd have known ALL about what difference the angle of approach can make!!!! Lol

And... thanks!

hornymaleuk said...

Jackie
I'm so pleased you are selling your work.
The most important thing is that YOU feel you have arrived as an Artist. Your self confidence will make all the difference.
I like that image very much. I hope I can pose again for you soon!

nitebyrd said...

Your art is beauty. That's the only thing that I think about. It brings me pleasure. That is more valuable than any money.

I like the new pose but still find the first more erotic. (I know, I know - everyone's a critic! LOL)

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

Hi jackie,If I dont get a chance to visit you again before I leave to Oz, I'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas! Hope you have a good one!.
(oh and I got a chrissy card from our american friends!)

Jackie Adshead said...

Vi - Thanks for the seasonal message, and the news from our mutual American friends. All the best for your well deserved trip to Oz!

Jackie Adshead said...

Hornymaleuk - Thankyou, so am I! Yes, I feel I've arrived as an artist. I'm glad you like the image, and I look forward to drawing you again whenever we can work out the logistics!

Jackie Adshead said...

Nitebyrd - Your words are incredibly touching for the way my art affects you, thankyou so much!!

So long as my figure drawings appear erotic to you, I don't mind whichever one you prefer best! We all have our opinions......!

Indigo said...
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Jackie Adshead said...

Indigo - Thanks! Yes, I do have a great working relationship with my model and AC/DC is brilliant to get me going! Love it!

Racy Redhead said...

Love the picture Jackie. The combination of the model hiding her face but exposing the rest of her body really appeals to me! A case of art imitating ( my ) life again!!

Am so pleased that you finally know that you have arrived as an 'Artist' - and, boy, what an entrance!!

Jackie Adshead said...

Racy redhead - Thanks, glad to know you can find parallels in your life, to my art.

And yeh, I'm happy to announce I'm an artist now - and I think the *big entrance* will be when I can finally get around to the pussy portraits!!