Portraits In Deviance #51: lizannachambers
BDSM illustration allows the curious to explore the initially intimidating concepts of sado-masochism without the fear that anyone was actually harmed or anything like that to produce the images in question. There’s no need to worry about a drawing giving its informed consent or anything like that or having emotional issues or just doing it for the money or anything like that. No scars are left behind by a dominant’s whip; everyone walks away happy.
The UK’s lizannachambers explores these territories in pencil drawings, like the one above (where I think she initially misspelled the word “train” and erased it) and paintings.
Some of the paintings appear to be re-works of pencil drawings, or the other way around, as the pencil drawings were posted after the paintings.
It’s interesting to compare the two images. If you look at the desks on the fight hand side, you’ll notice that the one in the painting is on more of an angle and lines up differently with the poster above, so they are not traced from one to the other. They both share the same skewed perspective. They both spell defiance in two different ways on each sign. They both have their subjects faces and hips in profile, while the shoulders are squared to the viewer, not unlike ancient Egyptian art. (though this pose is not endemic to her work).
I also suspect that a lot of her art is photographed instead of scanned, giving it an uneven lighting and an eerie, distant feeling. It makes them feel feel more like found objects than original art.
Now, not all of her work is BDSM themed or even erotic. Like almost anyone with a camera, she tries her hand at landscape photography…
and self portraits…
And while these images certainly do bare quite a bit, her drawings and paintings seem, to me, much more revealing.
For instance, she enjoys the Friday The 13th franchise.
And Roy Lichtenstein. I think this piece is her most promising. She toyed around with self-lined images in some of her paintings, but I think the hard black lines used here work much more effectively to give the flat colors and representational anatomy a little more pop. The checkered background I think gives it a nice, graphic flare (though the sperm border might be a bit much, I think it would be stronger without it). She returns to the checkered background in a similar piece, and you can see what I mean.
And so, for helping me realize that I apparently think a checkered background will class up a painting of fellatio, while a sperm-laden border, you lizannachambers, are a True Deviant.