A panel from Tentacle Monster Chu’s Space Bop! She loves well-hung aliens. ^_- Read the comic on cutepet.org!
Cutepet.org update! In space, no one can hear you BOP! New installment of Tentacle Monster Chu’s stellar h-comic, Space Bop! Everyone’s holes are getting plugged by our generous Goocarian. Oh my!
Tanuki girl I designed for [Cutepet Studio!]
Cutepet’s been around for a while. Long enough for me to remember stumbling upon it as a teenager. One thing I like about them is that they aren’t really comic focused. They’re more about really awesome single images or pin-up style stuff. Which I think I’m more about too. Not that I have anything against comics, but it makes it a lot easier and simpler for them to hire outside artists without compromising their own schedules and time. It’s also a lot more open ended, so I’ll be making a nice yuri draw for their site too! This is just to get the fluffiness all laid out. But I like the design a lot, even if this is just an informative sort of image, so I’ll try to draw one or little things… When I can get out of this art funk.
I’m super excited to present our newest addition to the Cutepet lineup, the super cute Tanuki-chan (name TBD) designed and illustrated by talented guest artist Slugbox! Miss Tanuki is one of Tenmei’s Pervymon pets, so you’ll be seeing more of her soon. Slugbox will also be doing an exclusive XXX yuri pic of the pair for Cutepet.org! I can’t wait!
Cutepet.org update! Tenmei’s Pervymon Tentacle slinks out of its Ecchiball for a closer examination of her sweet pussy. (What is she playing? Priscylla Pizzell in Super CutepetLand for the Nintender Fapncum, of course!). Plus an edit to a classic Zelda and Malon yuri pic transforms them into futanari!
mmm, so happy to finally have finished this! I’m happy with it… a commission of Minerva from Studio Cutepet. The angle was a challenge, but I had a lotta fun with it~
Love this picture of our Futanari Angel Minerva by ZombiePirate! <3
Cutepet.org update! Naughty nurse Valerie helps make Priscylla feel ~aaalll better~ in a cute yuri collaborative pic drawn by Ecchi-Star and colored by fellow FLAA network artist White Devil! Plus a new comic page of Demon Gates and an erotic fic about Futanari Angels Minerva and Cecilia!
Cutepet.org opdate! Priscylla has a new challenger. Enter the cute and compact Tenmei! But what’s in the dripping Ecchiball she’s holding? Or is that an empty ball for Priscy? Gotta catch ‘em all. ^_-
Plus a peek at an upcoming collaborative pic between Ecchi-Star and White Devil featuring a feverish Priscylla lovingly cared for by naughty nurse Valerie.
I received an email asking for art advice - thought I’d share my response on Tumblr. :)
Anyway, I would like to know what it is like working as a hentai artist, and what software do you use? What tips would you provide for someone interested in being part of this type of business?
Working as a hentai artist is like being any other type of artist, the only difference is the focus and area of expertise. I try to devote myself to studying (and I really mean studying, not masturbating, or collecting pics, but actually informing myself) on the topic of creating evocative images of impossible fantasy females—building knowledge and understanding of material that pertains to the erotic genre. So, primarily I study anatomy, pose/gesture, composition, and expression.
There’s also a mental side to this genre of art. I’m constantly probing people’s interests, their fetishes, and generally trying to figure out what’s most effective at turning people on. It sounds simple, but there’s actually quite a bit to human sexuality and how to evoke real passion with just a still 2d image. It’s a fun area to explore.
As for tips for someone interested in working as a hentai artist… I know my own back story, and I’ve observed the careers of other H artists over the last 15 years. Being a hentai artist isn’t like applying for a job at McDonalds—or McDonnell Douglas, for that matter. There isn’t really an industry, nor are there any solid employers. Perhaps there will be eventually, but for now, it’s a wolfish endeavor. You’re a freelance artist, so you’ll need as much support as possible. You flow from one small job to the next. There’s a lot of scrounging. It’s tough and all consuming. It’s the hardest video game you’ll ever play. Early on you need infinite energy. All I can tell you is that most of us started by taking commissions. As our skills and notoriety grow, our prices increase and our careers grow from there.
Basically, an art career is all about what you can do. If you’re amazing, jobs will open up to you. People will seek you out. It’s all about the focus of your work, and the degree of skill you can offer. So, the better you are, in a broad artistic way, the better your prospects in whatever field of art you’re drawn towards.
A few years ago, someone asked me what they needed to do to become a better gaming artist. (By gaming artist I think they meant concept artist.) Even though you’re asking about hentai, I think this applies to your questions:
My general art/tool advice. If you’re serious about pursuing art as a career, get yourself the basic compliment of the digital tools you need. Buy Photoshop. Any of the recent versions will do. They upgrade it nearly every year, but you’ll only need to buy it once and upgrade every 5 years or so to stay current. Not a terribly huge investment. Everyone uses it, and you can do just about everything a digital artist would ever need in it.
(It’s worth noting that Adobe now forces you to buy a cloud based version of Photoshop. Personally, I hate this, but others may not mind so much. It’s made me reexamine my feelings towards Photoshop. Clip Studio Paint is emerging as a strong Photoshop contender for digital art, but unfortunately, there are just some things that Photoshop does better, so you really shouldn’t be without it.)
Second, a Wacom tablet. Any Intuos should do fine. Again, it’s a once a decade investment. That’s really all you need aside from a decent computer (which I’m guessing you already have). Those are the basic tools concept artists use in the industry. Of course, you’ll probably also want to learn 3D, but I’m no help there.
This is going to sound rather basic and unexciting, but to grow your art and skills, I’d give you the same advice I’d give any artist. If I could go back in time I’d drill this advice into the younger Ecchi-Star and get him started on the right foot.
There are two foundations you need to master. It won’t happen overnight, or even in a year. But the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll improve. The first one is figure drawing. That’s the understanding of human anatomy, and how to recite it visually. Other disciplines flow from there: gesture, weighting, silhouette, all the way down to things like caricature, etc. Not only will a strong foundation in figure drawing make you more hirable, it’ll just plain make you better at drawing characters and creatures in any style.
The second foundation is speed painting. All concept art relies on the ability to quickly render composition pics, most often in color. Speed painting teaches you to see and recreate imagery with a minimum number of brush strokes. It trains your eye to perceive color, structure, and the play of light and shadow.
There are about a million books and tutorials that can advise you on the finer points of these disciplines. I suggest you find a couple and start reading and practicing every second you get. Art is extremely competitive, so you have to be dedicated and rigorous to stand a chance. The journey never ends, so get started soon.
As for my technical process, I use Photoshop CS3 for everything from composition sketches, to digital pencils, and coloring. It’s an amazingly versatile tool. I’ll also often use Paint Tool SAI, but only for the inking brushes. I also like drafting a work on paper, then scanning it into Photoshop and painting it in there. And finally, I’m also considering trying out Clip Studio Paint since it looks like a more evolved version of SAI, but haven’t gotten to it yet.
Another random piece of advice:
Use a pen name for your erotic work.
There’s about a million other things I can say on the topic of art, but the more time I spend typing, the less time I’m drawing…I’m sure you understand. ;)
Good luck and take care,
Cutepet.org update! In space, no one can hear you BOP! New installment of Tentacle Monster Chu’s awesome Space Bop. A naughty threesome with a Goo girl, a Futa girl, and a Precog!