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Interview with kinky artist Artbygosull

“Exploring kink is beautiful and freeing and is a great tool for self discovery”

published on 16 August 2020

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Hello Graham, nice to have you here for this interview. What do you want to express when you draw kinky art? What do you feel while acting as an artist?
My art has really helped me connect with my sexuality and my kinky side and thats my main aim with my paintings – to show that exploring kink is beautiful and freeing and is a great tool for self discovery. I also love being able to combine all my passions into one physical thing. So taking things I love in my every day life like anime, nostalgic games like pokemon, disney characters or mytholgy and putting a kinky/erotic twist on them makes me so giddy and happy. And from feedback that I have recieved on my art it makes other people happy too which really is my main goal- to make people happy. A lot of my sexual awakening as a child was finding male characters in animated films and TV shows attractive and now I get a kick out of taking those characters and actually making them into erotic art.

Please describe your own artistical style
My art style is something I think is always evolving and developing. I find it very hard to put a specific word or phrase to it but my main inspirations are anime, Disney, and more cartoony styles. I love keeping things graphic with bold colours. Since I started making erotic art Ive tried to find a balance between realism and graphic and im quite happy with where my style is at the moment. I have also loved fantasy art all my life so I think that defintiely inspired my style and is something I plan on exploring more of in the near future.

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What kind of techniques do you use for drawing?
Unfortunatley im not not very good at digital art so all my paintings are traditionally drawn and painted. However I do love using procreate to fix my sketches and get a better final sketch to work from. If I think the head is too small or an arm is slightly out of position or the facial features are a little off I’ll upload the sketch to procreate and tweak it before transferring the sketch to watercolour paper. As for my paintings, my main medium is watercolour but I also use acrylic for backgrounds or to make certain colours pop more.

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How do you find your subjects?
As for the subjects of my paintings it really comes from a wide array of sources. Sometimes they are straight from my own fantasies and experiences. I also love following kinky accounts on Insatgram which is where I get the majority of my inspiration from. I love collaborating with other people and creating paintings of them. And then sometimes I‘ll just be watching porn and a pose, a scenario, a position or a theme will just resonate with me and I have to paint it.

Are there any role models for you as a kinky artist? What especially do you like about them?
I Definitley have artists that I look up to and am inspired by, such as Tom of Finland, Byron Power, Astra Zero, Martin Bedolla, David Kawena to name a few. They all have wonderfully unique styles and create art that also blends fantasy, anime, comic books, fictional chracters etc with kink and eroticism which as ive said is something to really resonates with me.

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Which kind of postures and scenes do you like most for drawings?
It really depends on both my mood and the type of painting I‘m creating. Sometimes I like to make the kink the focus of the painting so I‘ll find poses and scenes that best reflect that and work off them. Other times I want to develop a character more in a painting and have them be the centre piece. So for those paintings I like very expressive poses that can covney a story. I also like to make sure that Im continuously challenging myself and trying to better my craft so when working on my character paintings I try and make sure to include hands and facial expressions as those are the areas I find I stuggle with most and I want to get better at them. Practice makes perfect afterall.

What means intimicy, privacy and self-expression for you as illustrator?
As and artist on Instgram I find self expression a rather challenging aspect of creating my art. I like to be as open and intimate with my art as possible as I find it freeing and honest to share my own fantasies. However Instagram censorship makes this rather difficult at times. By creating kinky/erotic art you have to be very careful to follow Instagrams guidlines when posting to avoid posts being taken down, being shadow banned, or your account being deleted altogether. I have created a twitter account to accompany my instgram account where I can post uncensored art as twitter seems to be more relaxed. But I find twitter a harder platform to grow a fanbase and following and for your art to reach a wider audience. As for intimacy I think that will always boil down to each individual artist. For me I‘m a pretty open book and have no issues with painting my own nudes or scenes ive partaken in (granted the other individual(s) are also ok with it)

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What does fetish personally mean to you?
To me, fetish is something that helped my find myself and become more comfortable in my sexuality. Prior to exploring kinks and fetishes through my art I lead a pretty vanilla sex life, which is totally fine if thats what youre into but for my it always felt a little unfulfilling. I knew I was interested in more fetishes but was too ashamed/afraid to explore them but now Im more open minded and willing to explore. Fetish really is about self discovery and is extremely exciting. And at the very least, fetish is hot!

How have you become an artist. Can you please describe how it all started?
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure when I started as art has been something I’ve been creating my whole life. Some of my earliest memories are of getting art supplies for Christmas or Birthdays. However, my erotic and kinky art journey began around 2 or 3 years ago. From a very young age I struggled with the male form so focused mostly on creating female characters (which came easily enough to me as most of my muses and inspirations were female characters such as Disney characters, Greek goddesses, and anime) and I loved the fluidity and curves I was able to create with female forms whereas I saw the male form as more straight lines and angles which intimidated me. But a few years ago I wanted to branch out and practice male forms. It started out just generic anatomy poses but then I created my first art Instagram account to track my own progress and before long I was creating more erotic characters and scenarios (that account unfortunately got taken down so I had to start all over again). Eventually I started creating my own fantasies through this medium and in a way, it has rekindled my love for art and sparked my love of kink. It started out as just a hobby and now I’ve turned it into a small business for myself and was finally able to achieve a lifelong dream of mine – to sell my own art. I owe so much to erotic and kinky art and am so grateful that I accidently stumbled upon it

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Which plans and aims do you have concerning your art?
To be honest I dont really have any plans or aims for my art. Obviously I‘d love to make it a full time job but it also isnt something im actively striving for. For me my art is something that I just love making and brings me so much joy. So I just want it to stay that way. As long as my art continues to excite me and others then I‘m happy and any success money wise is just an added bonus. However I will cotninue to try and normalise kink and fetishes. When I was exploring my sexuality I was always ashamed of my kinks and fetishes and felt like I was weird for having them but kinky art and kinky instgram accounts have made me accept myself more and realise that other people share my fetishes too and I‘m not alone. So I‘d love to return the favour and for my art to help other people come to that realisation too.

Graham, thanks for this interview!

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