I am going to dig out some of the older "Hooked" pieces and display them on this blog. The first few are really, really bad, but you will see how this idea has progressed.
The first "Hooked" thrilled some of the police officers that would come in early and get some coffee. They were are young guys like myself (did I mention this was a decade ago?), and we had a lot of common interests. They knew that I drew some crazy stuff, and were always asking if I had some new work. What is really funny is that at the same time I made a fair income drawing portraits. By day, I was drawing people's wives, mothers, and children. By night, I was putting a hook into a girl's ass (in art) and cavorting with twisted, leather-bound demons.
Now, keep in mind that this was being done at four in the morning, and I was dating a bitch from hell at the time. I don't get the scythe, but thought the nipple jewelry was cool as are the tattoos. "Primal Aesthetic" was an old art-group I organized. All that discoloration is part of the actual image as it is today... fucking ancient! Way back then, I thought this was hot shit. Now, I am almost embarrassed to show it.
I re-created the original on bristol board, developing the style a bit and applying a more practiced hand at what I was doing. At this point, the image lacked the same impact for me artistically that the original had. It seemed novel to me originally, but the second image just kind of cleaned-up what I had already done in the first. I was starting to think about other techniques and even different angles than the straight-on images I had created up until then.
Looking at it now, there are still some proportion issues, but it is much improved over the original. When I set out to do this one, it was just something I had to do to make up for the first one that I saw as a great idea... only poorly executed. The beginnings of the Manning leather high-lighting is in this image, though not as fully as my more recent BDSM pieces.
Despite the explicit nature of the work, I had shied away from being overtly explicit. Clearly, there is a hook going somewhere in the first two images, but where exactly I left up to the viewer's imagination. In the third piece, I got over my squeamishness. This was a few years and several even more racy images later.
I really like the contortion on this one, but a part of me prefers the idea that the girl is actually hanging on the hook rather than supporting her weight with her legs. Also, the head on this one looks a little too large to me, and despite the difference in angle it does have the same visual impact as "Worm's Eye View" or "For Nooserman" which use some extreme angles.
Looking at it again here tonight, it might be something I return to in the future, working the contortion into an image that is more proportionately satisfying and visually extreme. That might be some time to come, however, because I am fairly satisfied with the latest "Hooked" piece.
This new piece incorporates some of the corrections I wanted to make in the last piece. I think that the angle is satisfying and that the proportions are correct. It lacks the dynamic contortion in the last piece, but you can't always have it all.
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