(I tried to check your faq before asking this but it didn't come up, thought you should know.) Do you have any advice for a starting erotic cartoonist? I know the draw a lot bit, I'm just new to the porny parts. Also, I'm trying to find other erotic cartoonists to follow but tumblr isn't helpful and slipshine is too expensive for me right now (goddamn I want it tho I wanna read your comiccccs) anyway, thank you for you time! I love your woooork!!!
Re: following tumblr, most the Slipshine artists have personal tumblrs if you check their Slipshine profiles or just google for their username and “tumblr.”
As for advice, I’m gonna bore you, cuz my advice really is the same for non-erotic art with some variation:
- Study real life.
- Practice every day.
- If making comics, read your dialogue out loud — you will quickly discover whether a phrase/situation is turning you on, or embarrassing you because its super corny or forced.
- read your panels/word balloons/scripts in REVERSE ORDER to catch errors and inconsistencies.
- Study other artists — and I mean REALLY do studies, try to eyeball their art and copy it —in practice only—, you will quickly figure out how they put things together, and it will either inform you, or give you ideas how to do it differently. Don’t try to claim that art as anything but practice, but this is what a lot of apprentices used to do and still do. It’s a learning tool.
- Study real people in the situations you want to draw — in this case, porn. I prefer amateur porn videos because its less polished and the positions tend to be more realistic and less “for the camera.” And you tend to find more inclusive by-real-queer-people for-queer-people stuff that way, in my experience, which is important for me and may not be important for you but its worth noting. Again this depends on what you’re going for, visually and tonally.
- Do non-erotic studies. Don’t just study sexually charged people/acts. It’s hard to draw a good sexually receptive pose or expression or something meant to be particularly evocative when there’s no contrast between sexual body language and a body at “rest.” Contrast is really important, I think.
- Write situations you are genuinely interested in — if you’re forcing it or trying to just copy porn you’ve seen, just like while having real sex: it is very, very obvious when your heart/enthusiasm ain’t there
I have more advice than that, but it presumes you are pursuing more realistically grounded stuff and less fantasy physics and extremism and body distress/distortion, which I’m not into, and I’m not gonna make presumptions and get yelled at again for telling people what they “can’t draw” when I’m just giving advice on how I do it. So there’s a lot more art advice I could apply…
but really, it’s not at all different from any kind of art. When you start thinking about it as if it has its own rules, you start making a kinda porn I personally find really gross.