Still politely requesting reference photo submissions for the ANONYMOUS NUDES PROJECT...
Over the years, my paintings and drawings have gone off on different tangents, from small gouache paintings, through Photoshopped collage illustration to large acrylic paintings on canvas... but there were a variety of images/ideas in my head that I'd never put down on paper...
a. Though I'd produced many life drawing 'nudes', I'd always wanted to produce fully toned/shaded/textured drawings of nudes, to a 'finished' state.
b. I always wanted to draw unfussy, simple, forward facing, standing nudes (arms down by side, legs together).
* You would not believe how difficult it is to find simple standing reference images of nudes, without asking/nagging/pleading with friends/family/facebook et al.
** I also don't necessarily want 'model' shaped models. (... don't necessarily/particularly want them shaved either).
c. I was always inspired by Brad Holland's powerful, black and white, cross-hatched, ink drawings with a bizarre edge whilst not resorting to an overtly cheesy 'fantasy' style.
d. I like masks.
So... I decided to combine all of those thoughts and put them into...
The ANONYMOUS NUDES PROJECT
A series of black ink drawings, largely cross-hatched... Giving ANYONE, of any size, shape, age (over-18), race or gender (though I do need more female models than male now), the opportunity to pose nude, whilst protecting their anonymity. In the process, I remove all the trappings of the 21st century (clothes/tattoos, jewellery) and replace the landscape, scenery and context with one from an imagined theme.
It's gone really well so far, I think...
Please send all submissions, anonymous or otherwise, based on the poses below, to firstname.lastname@example.org (ASAP please!)
... some of these are completed and some are ongoing...