1/12/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
Erotic Fantasy Art edited by Aly Fell and Duddlebug. pub: Ilex. 192 page illustrated square shape hardback. Price: GBP20.00 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-905814-21-3.
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I agree with the editors of this book, ‘Erotic Fantasy Art’, that erotic art isn’t pornographic but more along the lines of sensual and given the choice of seeing either sex sometimes unclothed, even women would prefer to see women than men. So here we have a magnificent artbook which would nominally be classed as good girl art or cheesecake but is on the whole, a beautiful book showing the female form, no matter the species. Considering the varied styles used by the eighty-one artists here, the paintings here can fit in either of these descriptions.
Painting human skin is actually one of the toughest things to get right. Mostly cos your palate isn’t pink but a whole variety of colours. As such, artists treating painting the nude as something to get right more than for titillation. With so many artists switching to digital painting, there is the added problem of making sure skin doesn’t look too plastic when a stroke of an enlarged digital brush could practically paint a leg at a stroke that even an air brush couldn’t complete with. Saying that, you might do that for the colour foundation but getting down to the nitty-gritty means a finer brush technique to adding tonal quality. I’ve probably lost all you non-artist out there but it’s something that is often forgot when it comes to how much work is put into any painting. If anything, putting clothing on a model, creases and all, a lot easier to do than skin. Then again, many of the ladies and female creatures in this book are hardly all in the altogether.
This book is divided into six chapters covering warriors, damsels in distress, angels, fairy folk, demons and SF babes. Literally, something for everyone and in an assortment of styles that will certainly make for some interesting discussions if you leave it on your coffee table although you should chain it down in case your ‘friends’ want to ‘borrow’ it rather than getting their own copy.
I’ve included a scattering of pictures here, with permission, but even these don’t do justice to the contents. I should point out that the artists don’t just use digital, but also oil, acrylics and occasionally pencil and if you want to be really confused, will often blend them off together to achieve the look they want when using one medium alone isn’t enough.
Definitely a book to keep you warm on these cold winter nights.
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