thoughts on being cryptic

Social media. It generates so much stress. Eating food used to be so much simpler before the issue of photographing and sharing it came into play. Weddings once could be declared legal in the sight of God and men without a wedding hashtag to prove it happened. (I've heard this is true, but historians could be misinformed)... but now... now every waking moment is an opportunity (at least in my world) for sharing, judging, comparing, improving. We have entered an age of not only social sharing but of competitive sharing.

And in the midst of all this competition, I am afraid I've become a bit cryptic. So, lets A. assume you follow  my instagram account and B. dispel some of the confusion you may have about what I've been posting.

Starting with the above. Here is a sketch freely baring her breasts with the pride and confidence of a beast in the wild. "What is going on here?" you ask. "Where is the fashion?"...

Well, my friends, I am and always have been very into the human nude. As a art subject. Not as a sex addict. Just to be clear.

 

I love fashion illustration, but in order to make believable fashion figures, you need to know exactly where the belly button is beneath that statement belt. Or how the collarbone connects to the muscles of the neck.

Underneath your clothes there really is an endless story and it begins with how amazing the joints in your wrist are and how they create the most beautiful, bizarre line sloping and dipping and piquing just so from the tip of your pinky to the totally amazing and illogical shape of your elbow.

So, with all this in mind, I've started exploring painting nudes. And I want to sell them to you. But not until I'm ready. I've become something of an expert on selling my fashion illustrations. I've learned through years of trial and error, how to price this type of work, how to market it, how to present it, how to ship it to you... everything is running like a well oiled machine.

I'm still figuring out how to assemble the nude machine. (I could quit my day job and start naming alternative acoustic bands for a living, don't you think? #NudeMachine) And until I have the nude machine up and running, the only place to drink in the majesty of my painted human form will be on instagram.

I do hope to have these available for sale in the coming weeks and am curious and eager to hear what you think. So stay tuned, and get ready to get naked in 2014.


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9 comments

  • I am crazy about these!!! Will be stalking your blog for updates on when they’re available. Hot pink nudes — sign me up! xoxo

    • Mackenzie {Design Darling}
  • I completely agree with you. I was just thinking about the whole social media conundrum lately. Great post & great sketches!

    • Katie
  • While I adore the Cali Girl print I just purchased, I love seeing this side of your work Inslee! Keep following your heart!

    • Lisa B
  • Love them, Inslee! It’s a breath of fresh air to visit the human form in a modern, simple way. I’ll definitely be purchasing a print once you’re ready!

    • Catherine
  • Happy FOURTH anniversary of SKETCH BOOK!

    • Jemima Puddle-Duck