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Doing sexy artwork

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Oct. 6, 2017
tags: Sexy art

How do you feel when creating sexy artwork or writing sexy scenes for your comic?
This topic came to my mind because of a thread MegaRdaniels started in the DD forums: “Writing Sexualized Pages in your Comic” -

People had very different responses to the question, some saying that they didn't want to be seen working on it in case they were seen as pervs, but feeling nothing, others saying it's a turn on, and still others saying that it just takes too much work to get very excited thinking about what you're working on.
From my perspective, if your finished work is supposed to titillate then you should be titillated by it when you're working on it. That's how I've always handled it. And even if it DOESN'T titillate anyone else, at least YOU have fun. ;)

One of my favourite things to draw is the female form with all its curves and shapes. Drawing the female body makes art fun and enjoyable and I like to try and communicate that to the audience. I think of it as the drawn version of 1970s “cock rock” alla Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love - music that was heavily primed with sexuality.
Sure it might appeal to a very simple, base, primal part of us, but that also makes it a lot easier to communicate, understand, and relate to.

The above image is a rough sketch I worked on many years ago. The idea was to draw the profile of a muscular, sexy woman. But in drawing her I was actually more seduced by the interplay of counter-curves and complex shapes in the almost geometric line-work… so it managed to titillate me on another level ;)

Anyway, drawing or writing sexually charged scenes and images can be a lot of fun if you're into that. What's your view? I'd love to know!



Memoria caelestie at 1:54PM, Oct. 7, 2017

to me you need references to draw a decent sex scene or else it is just pain all around. Tho I rarely draw it but doing nsfw stuff is fun as well!

Kabra Kare at 1:18PM, Oct. 7, 2017

Sex scenes difficult to draw. First of all, because of the anatomy. Also, you need to show to the readers emotions of your charaters and the third difficulty is panelling. This third factor is the most important for me.

AmeliaP at 10:36AM, Oct. 7, 2017

"What's your view?" I'm working for a female audience target publishing house, Kymera Press. For their titles, I had to draw a large variety of female bodies, which is cool because they aim to "realism". But... but... okay, I confess, I LOVE to draw MALE bodies of all types, chubby, hairy, muscular, thin... ALL male bodies XD (not in a pervy way, but I love the male anatomy.). Well, in my story, as my female protagonist isn't a Kardashian, I'm not drawing a curvilinear female (she's thin and pretty muscular, without curves.). So, I think my tendency is drawing female bodies in the way I think the character should be (if she is fat, or thin, or muscular), without caring about the "sexy" characteristic. If the reader thinks my female characters are sexy, so they are. If the reader doesn't find her sexy, so she's not ^^. About sexy scenes... there is none of them in the my first graphic novel, just two rape scenes which is something FAR from something sexy.

Ozoneocean at 4:53AM, Oct. 7, 2017

I love doing that kind of artwork... I should do it more :D

Avart at 5:16PM, Oct. 6, 2017

Excellent topic! I enjoy a lot drawing women, that's why in my manga I choose a female protagonist. And I just conclude a 13 page sex scene between my main characters. Also, there will be some girl x girl scene but I won't go into porn. My story is about vampires, so you can expect a lot of sexual related themes. I really enjoy making this stuff, and if it doesn't turn me on, well, I think it doesn't turn on others.

Whirlwynd at 4:27PM, Oct. 6, 2017

I have no idea what "works" in either romantic or sexual scenes so I tend to avoid both unless I have guidance. I actually had this conversation with my Lady Unlucky co-author about the Chapter 3 epilogue: Fortunately I didn't have to explain to my coworkers why I was choking on my lunch when Vaughn came up with that little bit of dialogue. (For the record, the general reaction to the epilogue when it was released was "this is heartbreaking" -- which is much better than "this doesn't work")

Tantz_Aerine at 2:25PM, Oct. 6, 2017

While I'm working on a page, I usually don't feel what I intend the page to get across in terms of emotion. But when I'm done with it and I read it over, then I do feel the brunt of the impact. There was only one exception to this rule for me- when I was painting the injuries of the tortured victims in WM. THat was very painful even as I was making it. I assume that if I really made a powerful sexually focused scene, it would be the same.

cdmalcolm1 at 9:23AM, Oct. 6, 2017

I actually wrote and started to draw a xxx comic a long ago. If I have time I would love to show it if here but I have too much to do already. I love drawing women of all shapes and sizes. Most ppl love drawing a fit female form. I’m one of them. However, lately drawing big girls is my thing. The body parts of a female has always been legs thighs, calf’s and the foot. Oh and boobs. I guess it’s body parts I like myself. So I try to get those parts right as best as I can.

thunderdavid at 5:47AM, Oct. 6, 2017

I've never done it before but I've read Adult comics with sexual scene and some of scenes look difficult but fun to create.

plymayer at 1:50AM, Oct. 6, 2017

Where we take it from there is our own good or bad.

plymayer at 1:50AM, Oct. 6, 2017

The human form is God/nature's finest art work.

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