A New Painting for 2024

Touch - a 2'x4' acrylic painting by Drub

This year hasn’t gotten off to a good start. I just lost my father on January 10th and my family is struggling to right themselves. We’ll manage as we always do, but my attention is very divided right now.

Thankfully, when I am very stressed or upset, I always have art as my outlet. I started this painting in late 2023 from a sketch I rediscovered in a sketchbook and decided it was the right tone for what I wanted to express. I wanted something incredibly smutty yet intimate and sweet.

Having never worked this large before, I knew this would be challenging. But like everything I explore, I jump in with both feet. I knew I was onto something very special when I started painting the reflected light on the rubber clothing these two adorable men are wearing. This canvas is 2 feet by 4 feet.

I knew the details of this art piece would make or break it. The noodling in of all the line work brought me back into familiar territory recalling how I would work on my digital prints. This time though, I was putting down color first and divining the line work later. My usual process was now in reverse.

I paused and stared at this for a night. Touching up areas and pushing back others, adding subtle blues into the shadows of the skin tones, and then I came to a place where I got really uncomfortable… the gilding in gold. I really wanted to drive home the idea that there is a ‘spark’ between these two, possibly meeting for the first time at a fetish night. The music is pumping. They catch each other’s eye. The man on the right gets brave and sees his object of his obsession has a crooked septum ring. He takes a chance and reaches up, eyes locked, and he balances the ring once more.

I’ve added a couple of layers of acrylic gloss to the rubber and leather bits in the piece to bring it home that these rubber men love it tight, shiny and sweaty. This piece is for sale and is ready for purchase. Check out my gallery and then please, drop me a line.

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