Here I am again, ready to post another blog entry, still pumped from all the activity of the past few days. As you may have read, I did three new images based on three models that I knew I would meet at AVN AEE: Natalie Star, Sheridan Love and Gianna Michaels. Well, I would like to elaborate a bit on how I interacted with these models, in order to end up with those new pieces in my portfolio. So here we go. I'll go in the same order that I finished the images. :)
I "met" Natalie through Twitter, after she contacted me, back in August last year. She had seen the artwork that I did for Abella Danger (who in turn had seen the work I did for Kendra Lust), and she liked it. So, she decided to get in touch, asking about my work. I immediately liked Natalie's look, a very beautiful and edgy look, bordering on wild. Right there I knew that doing a pin-up based on her would be fun, and I boy, I was not wrong. Her long hair and cool tattoos were the most fun part of rendering her image. Natalie is a young girl with a lot of energy and that shows in her work. She was ready and excited for her artwork to come out, but It took me almost five months to finally sit down and make it happen. As I've mentioned before, sometimes it works that way, I have to wait for the right moment... and so I did. Then, as a cherry on top, last week at AVN AEE, I finally got to meet her in person. Thank you Natalie!
With Sheridan Love, the story is similar, but with a few twists. I didn't get to meet her in person until this past AVN AEE. However, she contacted me a while ago, after seeing a pin-up I did for Sara Jay. Sheridan and I were at the same convention, Adultcon, back in 2015, but we didn't meet. It was until the convention was over that Sheridan saw Sara Jay's artwork and fell in love with it so much that she wanted something like that for her. She then emailed me stating how much she would like an artwork of hers done, and the rest is history. However, I must point out that it took me longer that just a few months to find the right time for this project. It took me two years. Again, sometimes it woks that way, sometimes it doesn't. But, I'm quite happy with the result, and it seems like Sheridan is happy as well. I got to meet her in person at AVN AEE as well, and she was completely happy with the final result. Thank you Sheridan!
Last but not least, I did a pin-up of Gianna Michaels. Before I go along with my story, let me tell you that it took me over seven years from the moment I met Gianna in person, to the moment I delivered her artwork in her hands. Seven years! (actually, seven and a half to be precise). I met Gianna in person, back in 2009, at Erotica LA, my first professional show/expo (and sadly, the last Erotica LA ever held). I had been a fan of Gianna's work for a long time now, so when I saw that she was working close to my booth at the expo, I took a chance to talk to her and ask her for permissions to use her image as a reference. By the way, she was hard to miss: everybody who knows Gianna Michaels can testify on how "powerful" her laugh is. You can her her blocks away! :) After introducing myself, she agreed to give me permissions for a pin-up. But time passed by, without me having the chance to incorporate her image to any of my projects. I even did an under drawing for a painting of her... which I never finished (hopefully someday I will). Years passed by and no Gianna image. Then, I met her again in 2015, at the same Adultcon where Sheridan was working, where Sara Jay, again, referred her to my booth (thank you Sara Jay, you rock!). We talked again and she restated that she would like to be drawn by me. But it wasn't until this year, two years after our second meeting, and over seven years after our first meeting, that I finally was able to render an image with Gianna Michaels in it. She's officially part of my portfolio now, a legend in the adult industry with a larger-than-life personality. Thank you Gianna!
I have mentioned this before, but I'll keep doing it, like a broken record... gee, I'm indeed old, I did play records back in my time... OK, OK, I'm getting sidetracked. I want to thank all the models that have helped me through my career. Their inspiration and support is a huuuuuge part of why my artwork has grown the way it has. I am very fortunate to work with models of many kinds. And, models from the adult industry add that extra "X" to my sexy work... or maybe 2 "X", to make it sexxxy! To each one of you, thank you!
And, thanks to each one of you reading this, supporting my work, I really enjoy sharing a piece of my mind when it comes to art. I'll be back writing sometime next week, once I'm back home (yep, I'll be out of town). I hope you enjoyed reading this and see you next time!
Pin-up artist by day… and also by night. Well, mostly by night, because night time is my favorite time to paint.