Decemboobs 2017, Day 11: Freshly pierced

Day 11:

Pencil drawing of a woman's nude torso, showing her breasts with studs running through her pierced nipples.
Pencil drawing of a woman’s nude torso, showing her breasts with studs running through her pierced nipples. Reference: https://www.reddit.com/r/normalnudes/comments/7djaqb/got_my_nipples_pierced_last_week_and_i_am_so_in/

What I wrote about this at the time:

Eleventh entry in this year’s #Decemboobs, an annual challenge for cartoonists and other artists to get better at drawing breasts by creating a drawing a day from reference. Most of the time, I don’t draw just the boobs, but for days when I’m in a hurry, I always have a few boobs-only references filed away. This has been one of those days; in fact, I drew this yesterday as the second image of the day because I anticipated a long day at the day job. Instead, I got sick and spent the day in bed with a splitting headache. Either way, it was a good thing I’d already done this image. The source is a subreddit called normalnudes, in which men and women of all ages, shapes, races and sizes share nude images of themselves, usually anonymously, for comparison, reassurance and (if asked) critique. The reference for this one is https://www.reddit.com/r/normalnudes/comments/7djaqb/got_my_nipples_pierced_last_week_and_i_am_so_in/Done in pencils on illustration board as before.

This one hasn’t aged that well; I can tell looking at the reference again that the torso is too small and the shoulders and arms too wide. But, that’s what you get when drawing traditionally: your options for fixing faults become more limited.

Decemboobs 2017, Day 10: Before You Judge

Day 10:

Pencil drawing of a topless woman looking pensive. She wears jeans and a long necklace.
Pencil drawing of a topless woman looking pensive. She wears jeans and a long necklace.

What I wrote about this at the time:

For more on the intent behind the original picture used as reference here, read the caption for the source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BY7DFMnAYQm/ (Instagram post by Thenakediaries, may be removed at any time but hopefully not)
Tenth entry in this year’s #Decemboobs, an annual month-long challenge for cartoonists and other artists to draw breasts that work. Drawn, as usual for me this year, with pencils and graphite pencils on illustration board. While working this, I had an epiphany, and it’s not about boobs. It’s about faces. I realized that I do a pretty good job getting the major geometry (shapes, volumes, angles) of any drawing onto my sketch quickly when it comes to drawing the body, but I don’t do that for the faces. I draw in the faces using the traditional cartoonist method of drawing angle lines on the head (the big curved cross that tells you where the eyes should and where the vertical center of the face is), and then I start with the eyes. But the eyes aren’t part of the major geometry. It might be far better for me to start with the nose and mouth, then the overal eye socket area and when those are positioned right, I should draw in the eyes. I’ll try that, but not tomorrow because tomorrow’s entry won’t have a face in it.

The reference photo still exists! This is unusual for Instagram.

Decemboobs 2017, Day 8 and 9: Shopping While Plus Size

A two-fer!

Day 8:

Pencil drawing of model Sonny Turner in a clothes-store dressing room, making a selfie and pulling a face while holding her belly. She is wearing a bikini she almost spills out of.
Pencil drawing of model Sonny Turner in a clothes-store dressing room, making a selfie and pulling a face while holding her belly, seen in 3/4 profile. She is wearing a bikini she almost spills out of.

Day 9:

Pencil drawing of model Sonny Turner in a clothes-store dressing room, making a selfie and pulling a face while holding her belly. She is wearing a bikini she almost spills out of.
Pencil drawing of model Sonny Turner in a clothes-store dressing room, making a selfie and pulling a face while holding her belly, seen from the front.

What I wrote about these at the time:

Eighth [and Ninth] entry for #Decemboobs 2017, drawn with pencils (2H, 2B, 4B) and graphite pencil (6B). I keep saying that I want to go back to digital soon, but still end up going back to pencil art, because I can get it done quickly, by my standards anyway. each of these takes 30 minutes or less, whereas a digital drawing would be at least an hour.
Reference: https://www.instagram.com/p/BV2vltElr2W/ (second photo of three) – the referenced photo was made by plus sized model Sonny Turner to demonstrate just how poorly some bikinis that are ostensibly for larger women actually fit them. So here she is being goofy in a dressing-room, in an ill-fitting bikini that stretches and bulges all in the wrong places. Fun to draw and the next entry will also be from the same reference.

I still follow Sonny Turner on Instagram and sometimes spot her in ads and publications. She’s a delight, and really open about how as a model, the “best” self that she presents for the professional camera differs from her real self, rolls and goofy expressions and all. So far, these pictures have staid up.

Decemboobs 2017, Day 7: Drapery

Last of the rescanned images! Unfortunately, not the last of the images whose reference pics have been taken own or shadowbanned.

Day 7:

Pencil drawing of a partly-nude Black woman in an open bathrobe, which is draped around her in an esthetically pleasing fashion
Pencil drawing of a partly-nude Black woman in an open bathrobe, which is draped around her in an esthetically pleasing fashion

What I wrote about this at the time:

Seventh entry for #Decemboobs 2017, yada yada yada pencils 2H 2B, graphite pencil 6B. I wasn’t really motivated today but eventually sat down and cranked this out. I enjoyed doing the drapery, but struggled with the face, which I think I screwed up badly. Not that it matters as long as I see disciplining myself into drawing these.
I think I’m hitting a bit of a plateau. Not that these drawings can’t be improved any further, but I’m simply refining what I already know instead of learning new things. I do think that in the next week, I’ll shake things up a little by either going back to digital or throwing color into the mix, or both. Maybe find some more challenging references as well.
Reference: http://contentlyyou.tumblr.com/post/167951637308/glamazontyomi-titty-tuesday-in-full-effect-woke

Decemboobs 2017, Day 6: Oratory

Another day, another reference image that has gone down the memory hole due to Tumblrpocalypse. I actually have all the images in my possession because I keep them offline for drawing purposes. But I don’t consider myself to have the right to repost them, so I can’t restore their provenance.

Day 4:

Pencil drawing of a nude woman gesticulating and talking.
Pencil drawing of a nude woman gesticulating and talking.

What I wrote about this at the time:

Sixth entry in the annual #Decemboobs challenge. Traditional art, pencil and graphite pencil, 2H, 2B, 6B, photographed with my iPhone because once again I was too lazy and wiped out to turn on the upstairs computer and scanner. The photo is slightly distorted (left breast is actually wider and closer to the reference) so it may still get replaced with a scan. Also, I think after this one, I’ll be ready to do a few digital drawings again.
Reference: Contently Youon Tumblr (Actually Pettypia, but that account appears to have been deactivated).

And now Contently You itself is gone. Yay Tumblr.

Decemboobs 2017, Day 5: Bodypaint Day

First of three images that I rescanned for this repost! I originally photographed the art on my phone and posted it to DeviantArt and other places directly from there, because I was in a hurry.

Day 5:

Pencil drawing of a nude woman posing in body paint.
Pencil drawing of a nude woman posing in body paint

What I wrote about this at the time:

Fifth entry in the annual #Decemboobs challenge. This one is photographed rather than scanned because I didn’t want to turn the big scanner on. It’s late and I’m not feeling too great.
Confession time: Both in my comics and in this challenge, I sometimes need to remind myself that small breasts exist. I’m not the most subtle of artists, and especially for the purpose of Decemboobs, it’s easier for me to work with subjects that have larger breasts, because there are more volumes, more movements and the breasts don’t just sit there. But even in the comics, characters designed with smaller breasts evolve to be more stacked. Especially if like Abúi, they are covered in paint or tattoos, which disrupt the shapes of their bodies.
So I thought it would be fun to draw this petite lady who is also body painted. The values of the body paint interact with those of the shadows on her light brown skin, which makes things interesting and perhaps a little too difficult for a day like today when I feel like I’m coming down with something. It was fun to do; I will need to do a lot more of it to get better at it.

Reference: Body Painting Day – The Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society

Luckily the rather lovely photo report at The Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society still exist, because they control their own blog. I just went back there and there’s no shortage of gorgeous painted men and women to draw.

Decemboobs 2017, Day 4: Neneboss22

This segment of Decemboobs highlights just how much damage the Tumblrpocalypse has done to the provenance of my reference images. Several of the photos I used as reference have been shadowbanned or taken down entirely.

Day 4:

Pencil drawing of model Neneboss22, sitting nude in profile. She is a black woman with tattoos on her forearm and hip.
Pencil drawing of model Neneboss22

What I wrote about this at the time:

Fourth entry in the annual #Decemboobs challenge, still on a traditional art kick. Reference: https://neneboss22.tumblr.com/post/164322135263/i-just-want-to-pose-and-have-someone-paint-me

Er, that’s not much and the source post on Tumblr has been shadowbanned, i.e. not taken down but hidden behind multiple hurdles that make it impractical to find. I recall Neneboss22 specifically asked to be painted in the caption under the photo, so I kept it for that purpose and made a quick drawing when it was convenient to me. In fact, an earlier, digital sketch exists but I didn’t complete it.

Link for February 1, 2019: That was New Atheism

PZ Myers comments on the history of the movement that called itself the New Atheism, referring to his part in it as one of his greatest regrets:

The train wreck that was the New Atheism

I’m still traveling but this, with a tip of the hat to Daniel Harper on the Eruditorum Press Discord server, caught my attention and I’m sure i’ll be returning to it sooner rather than later.

Decemboobs 2017, Day 3: Flapper-era swimsuit

Day 3:

Pencil drawing after a vintage photo of a woman in a flapper-era swimsuit.
Pencil drawing after a vintage photo of a woman in a flapper-era swimsuit.

What I wrote about this at the time:

Third entry in the annual #Decemboobs challenge. It’s a vintage swimsuit image and an attempt to render in pencils and graphite pencils (2H, 2B and 6B) how the fabric stretches over the wearer’s body. I enjoyed drawing this a lot but found that with 6B on grainy paper, I couldn’t render detail very well. Broad strokes!

I became intrigued with the shape of the woman’s ribcage as I drew it, because from this angle, the right side (her right) of the ribcage looks concave. I used to draw ribcages like that until I trained myself to always draw body parts as convex shapes. Generally, this lady looks like how I used to draw women, which just goes to show. Later in the challenge I’ll draw some models with comic-book boobs as well, because they do exist. Well, sort of. The proportions, anyway.

I’m on a bit of a traditional art kick. In the past few months, I’ve found that working in traditional media helps me work faster and keeps my eyes away from screens. For this challenge, it also prevents me from relying on digital media tricks as a crutch: no resizing heads or highlighting stuff on a different layer for me with this. That doesn’t mean I’ll do all images in the challenge in traditional media, but at the very least I’ll do some more that way. This image has been rotated and scaled after scanning, but no further processing has been done.

Reference: https://nl.pinterest.com/pin/302093087496090882/ – this image has been used in other derivative works on the web, but this is the best-resolution unmanipulated (except possibly for restoration, IDK) version I could find.

Decemboobs 2017, Day 2: Bleh!

Introducing Yournudemom, whose expressive photoshoots inspired me throughout the month and beyond.

Day 2:

Drawing of model Yournudemom making a silly pose and face
Model Yournudemom making a silly pose and face

What I wrote about this at the time:

I’m on a bit of a traditional art kick. In the past few months, I’ve found that working in traditional media helps me work faster and keeps my eyes away from screens. For this challenge, it also prevents me from relying on digital media tricks as a crutch: no resizing heads or highlighting stuff on a different layer for me with this. That doesn’t mean I’ll do all images in the challenge in traditional media, but at the very least I’ll do some more that way. This image has been rotated and scaled after scanning, but no further processing has been done.

The source for this image is YournudeMom on Tumblr’s exuberant bathroom photo session. So much joy in each of these photos; I’ll probably revisit them later this month.

This turned out to be one of the most popular non-comic images I’ve ever drawn, because model Yournudemom liked it and it went viral among her many fans. As most of her fans are young Black Americans, this also helped introduce my art to a whole new demographic.

Unfortunately, the reference image has been shadowbanned by Tumblr; not taken down as such, or perhaps it has, but made prohibitively impractical to find. I can only assume that most of the evidence of the art’s virality is also gone.