Interview with kinky illustrator Theartoffetish
“I love to draw pictures of gagged guys with their intense and expressive gaze“
published on 11 October 2020
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Hello Alberto, nice to have you here for this interview. What do you want to express when you do kinky illustrations?
Well, it depends on what is available to me in that moment: sometimes I like to interpret emotions through kink drawings and sometimes I create a comic out of a crazy idea or I simply want to portrait some Instagram fetishist who makes me horny lol. But what I basically try to show is how much this little world of bondage and fetishism inspires me, especially because it has always fascinated me on an aesthetical and personal level. For instance, I love to draw fetishists from Instagram whose content I find interesting, original or inspiring, apart from arousing. Of course, I also draw other things than that, like comic characters and fan art, but kink drawings are without a doubt the work I enjoy the most.
Please describe your own artistical style
I could not define my own style, even if they payed me for it, since, for me, it isn’t defined yet at all. In addition to bondage, I also try to be versatile (switch) with my drawings, and I work on everything between realistic portraits with rather traditional techniques and crazy comics who seem to come from a perverted Disney movie with digital tools. The more options I have in order to show my ideas, the better. That’s why I get training in design and character creation.
But I would say that my personal style, and the style I’m currently working the most on to develop, is a very Disney like style, as if he was a fetishist who loved gagging and bondage. Even if we do not have much information about that, beside the bondage scenes in Aladdin or Sleeping Beauty.
Are there any role models for you as an illustrator? What especially do you like about them?
My references have been changing over the last years, but there still are some, that will always be an important source of inspiration. Everyone knows the Marvel comics or the Disney movies. That’s what moved me to draw, but only few know the hand and creative mind behind those big names.
Artists like Jack Kirby, the creator of most of the Marvel characters that we know from the movies, or Glen Keane, the father of iconic characters such as Ariel, Aladdin or Tarzan; or creators like Barbucci and Caneppa, the authors of the incredible comic Skydoll in which the main character is a space robot puppet who is a prostitute, with a incredible colour and drawing style. I know that it sounds very mainstream talking about Marvel and Disney, but when you watch videos and documentaries about their comics or animated movies, you really learn to appreciate the care, effort and devotion that they put into their characters and projects. This inspires me to create (among other things) my own characters and stories, based on the world of fetish that excites me and that I have discovered so intensely since I arrived in Madrid in order to study illustration. Imagine a comic in which the Avengers would be fetishists and find pleasure in tying themselves up…
Which kind of postures and scenes do you like most for drawing?
GAGS, ONLY GAGS LOL!
I’m kidding, although I love to draw pictures of gagged guys, with their intense and expressive gaze, since it is one of my biggest fetishes, if not the biggest. Generally spoken, just like in real life, I like variation and to try out different postures and fetishes without losing the focus on the bondage. Recently I have found a lot of pleasure in drawing comics with kidnapping scenes or ideas raised by colleagues or friends from Instagram who have dirty minds like I do or even dirtier, lol, to the extent of making me so horny while I was drawing that I had to stop and to relax for a while.
How have you become an illustrator? Can you please describe how it all started?
I think I have been drawing since I learnt how to hold a pencil, since it’s something that I have always been accompanied and defined by. In middle school and high school I was always considered the “nerd who is good at drawing” lol. Of course, this changed as soon as I came to Madrid studying at a place where EVERYONE was good at drawing. But I decided to focus on fetish illustration thanks to a friend (“Rubfus”, also from Spain and a lover of rubber and puppy play amongst other things) who inspired me with one of the best ideas ever. When I got to know him, I wasn’t a very social person and I didn’t have a personal fetish account on social networks like I do now in order to share my experiences (SafeAndBound). One day, after a session, I made a drawing of “Rubfus” with his puppy hood and he loved it so much that he suggested me to create an Instagram account with more drawings of the same style and with BDSM themes. What, at first, seemed to be a silly idea to me is now one of the things that really make me feel like an illustrator. And it helped me to know better my fetishes, myself and a lot of people that I would have never thought to meet and with whom I had great and exciting experiences, that helped me to feel a part of the fetish community.
Many of those who helped me in the beginning by sending me pictures and content that boosted my inspiration and creation are now good friends on whom I can rely on although we live in different corners of the world.
I even managed to exhibit my work in Chueca, in the city centre of madrid. It was my very first exhibition and it happened earlier than I would have thought, and it was an incredible experience thanks to the warm welcome they gave me and thanks to the amount of work I was able to sell. If, some years ago, when “Rubfus” gave me the idea I talked about, he had told me that this would happen to me, I would not have believed a single word.
Do you prefer colour- or black/white-illustrations, and why?
I personally prefer to do black and white drawings, because it suits them better and also my skills and my way of expressing myself. But I really appreciate colours and how much they are able to express emotions. The problem is that I’m not that good at drawing in colours (neither hand-drawn nor digitally) lol. But who knows, I hope to learn how to do both things with patience and training.
Your illustrations often show bondage scenes. What do you like about bondage?
I love EVERYTHING about bondage. It always have caught my attention, from movie scenes to all the content on the internet, until I started doing it five years ago. As I mentioned before, I am versatile, so I love tying someone up as much as I love being tied up. One of the things that excite me the most is hearing a sub moaning through a gag, or wearing one and only being able to moan desperately. The feeling of total control over someone that you can get with a few ropes and a good tape gag … that’s a feeling that I can barely describe, not even with drawings and even less with words. But when I draw as well as when I have experiences in real life, this feeling gives me so much pleasure that I can only think about how happy I am to have achieved to combine my two favourite things. The more I enjoy bondage in real life, the more inspired I am creating things.
Which plans and aims to you have concerning your art?
Well, I just left two Art Schools in Madrid that didn’t meet my expectations or, either because they didn’t teach me anything useful or because I am a terrible student. But finally, now I am studying a master of design and character creation taught by artists who worked for places like Disney and Dreamworks and who are taking things more serious than those places where I studies before. For instance, they defined the goal that you finish the year with a portfolio that would be accepted by the companies I mentioned above.
In the meantime, I enjoy working on personal projects that require time and dedication, doing client assignments or draw people that excite me for pure fun, or practicing and experimenting to become better and better. When I’m not drawing, it could be, because I’m literally tied up.
As things stand with the covid pandemic, no one can see very clearly the future right now, but I certainly hope to continue to focus on enjoying my drawings and my fetishes and share them with the world and especially with the Fetish community, which has given me so much on a personal level.
Alberto, thanks for this interview!
(Interviewer: Michael; translated from Spanish by Alex)
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