How can I get inspired? Help!...
Welcome back to my blog, the place where things are stranger than what you might think. Ok, not really, but it sounded cool, didn't it?
This will be a short post, mainly due to my hyper-constricted schedule this week. But, you know what they say: good things come in small packages (seriously, does that line ever work???, ha).
For today's rambling I will touch base with another question I get asked pretty often: where do you get your ideas? (similar to the previous post about where I get my models). Or sometimes: where do you get your inspiration? My first response is always the same: everywhere. Yes, that might sound a bit on the "avoiding-the-question" side a story, but it is the truth. I work as a pin-up artist, but more importantly, I work as an erotic artist (no, no, I'm not erotic myself, I work in erotic artwork... geeez, that was a horrible view). As such, I tend to find the erotic part on everything that I see... of course, on the things that work; there's a ton of topics out there that don't need to be seen as erotic, but that's another story (yep, you guessed it, for another blog post, he, he).
Seeing things with an erotic eye has been part of myself right before I hit puberty. That's not unusual at all, but I'm glad that vision never went away. I could be viewing a normal scenery, at any given moment, and my mind would always wander, playing with different scenarios, different realities, where sensuality blends in. Sometimes the scenery in my mind is pretty subtle, sometimes is strong in contrast, like a porn movie version of the regular scenery before my eyes. I do not know if that's just the way I am, and only me, or if it is something that everybody has, in different degrees (an "ero-gene" maybe? that would be cool!). But, regardless of being just me or the whole world, that's the reason why I can find inspiration everywhere. "What if there was a girl here, instead of this prop?", "What if this girl was sitting on top of this furniture?", "What if there was a glass that would allow us to see what those girls are doing?". Those are the kind of questions that come to my mind, from the "visions" that I mentioned. They are mostly fun. Usually the point is to get the viewer's attention, with a theme that is both sexy and funny.
So, go out there and get your inspiration: it could be in your kitchen, in the outdoors, in an old piece of furniture, etc.... and of course, in a sexy model. By the way, in my personal opinion, sexy is not about how the model looks (although is important), but the attitude she has. If she enjoys and believe in her seductive ways, then that will project into the artwork. At least that's what works for me. Keep experimenting and pushing yourself to be more creative with each new piece you create. Yes, sometimes you'll screw up, but when you don't, you'll be proud of what you created. And that's why you shouldn't be worried about not getting any new ideas: look around you and start seeing things with a different eye. Let that "ero-gene" have a blast!
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Pin-up artist by day… and also by night. Well, mostly by night, because night time is my favorite time to paint.