Why erotic art? As an illustrator I've always had a fascination with drawing the human body, even before I knew what the word anatomy meant. My obsession first manifested itself though a love of American superhero comics as a child. I was captivated by the dynamism of superheroes depicted by comic artists such as Neal Adams, David Mazzuchelli, Gil Kane and Joe Staton. I spent hours drawing the likes of Superman, Batman and Green Lantern. Essentially, comic book artists drew superheroes as essentially naked musclebound athletes with a pretence of a costume to cover up their private parts.
As I reached my teenage years, i.e. puberty, my attention started to move from drawing male superheroes to an interest in the female figure. I realised how rubbish I was at drawing women to start with and it was a steep learning curve - it seems obvious now, but there were a lot more elements to consider and get wrong, Looking around at the comic artists at the time for influence, it made me realise that some artists were great at drawing male characters but weaker at female characters, and I didn't want to be weak at either. So I set about improving, and focused on comic artists like Brian Bolland, Jon J Muth, and Bill Siienkiewicz who excelled at drawing women and brought a sensual quality to their work. At art college, I was also getting drawn into a wider appreciation of artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Degas, Whistler and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Somewhere along the way, I came across the erotic work Aubrey Beardsley and realised how the sensual qualities of the human form could be fully realised by nothing more than black ink and paper. And a bit of talent.
Years later, having spent my time as an illustrator working on commissions for others I realised I had not spent as much time drawing for fun as I would like, and see this as an opportunity to try and recapture some of the spark that got me drawing in the first place. I can't promise that everything I draw will be erotic but hopefully you'll come along for the ride and enjoy seeing what comes out of my imagination.