Saturday, August 13, 2016

New and Old Art

I assume real life is still keeping Bambi occupied since I haven't gotten any new chapters of "Swiss Miss Sissy" in months. For a lack of anything else to contribute at the moment, I thought I could at least share a couple new pieces I completed.  

Memory Lane

As an artist, I can be my own worst critic.  I can be especially critical when it comes to looking back on artwork that's a few years old.  Sometimes I wish I could go back and redo older works.  If I did that all the time, however, I'd never get anything new complete, but redrawing something once in a while can be an interesting way of seeing how my style had improved or changed.  Recently, I took the setup from a seven year old drawing and an eight year old one and updated them.  The first one, "Memory Lane," I didn't think was that badly in need of a do over, but I thought the subject matter was worth revisiting.

"Memory Lane" (2016)

While the response to the new "Memory Lane" has been mostly very good, I have gotten a couple comments from people who seem to prefer the original.  I guess you can't please everybody.  I actually don't hate the original, but after spending countless hours on every little detail of the new piece, unfavorable comparisons to the earlier version is not exactly what I love to see.  Ever seen that episode of Frasier where a focus group rates his show?  Although he gets almost unanimous high marks, Frasier can't help obsessing over the one guy (played by Tony Shalhoub) who said they didn't like him.  I'm sort of like that; I don't take criticism well and tend to focus on the negative.  

"Memory Lane" (2009)

The theme of a male who has been subjugated and/or feminized by the female caretaker in his life (be it a mother or aunt, etc.) finding himself in the same situation with his romantic partner is one that Bea has explored in several stories.  I'm certain there are several, but the first one that springs to mind is "Changing of the Guard."

Where is the Love?

This is getting off-topic, but reading "Changing of the Guard" now, I find it interesting that the protagonist's prospective future mother-in-law asks him if he's attracted to her daughter sexually- not if he's in love with her.  It may seem like a small detail, but to me it's striking, as one criticism I have about Bea's writing is that it's that love seldom, if ever, seems to enter the picture.  It's all about sex.  This didn't used to bother me, but having read as many of Bea's stories as I have, I can't help but notice what a loveless world Bea's characters seem to inhabit, in which sexual partners, be they spouses or whatever, are abandoned or swapped or fobbed off on someone else with barely a second thought.

In another story by Bea, "Aftermath," the protagonist finds out he's been living a kinky version of The Truman Show and ends up in the arms of the female detective who was investigating his dominant girlfriend's accidental death.  All this occurs the same day as the funeral.  The characters make a big deal about how he and his girlfriend had a loving relationship, but I'm not sure how loving it could have been if he's willingly entering a new relationship- even going through with a second faux-wedding ceremony- when his girlfriend is not even cold yet.  That story really stood out to me due to the rather macabre setup.  

Perhaps it's foolish to nit-pick the logic in these sorts of stories, which are usually pretty ridiculous anyway.

Of course, most feminization stories are a form of erotica, the primary function of which is not to tug at one's heartstrings, but rather stir different parts of the anatomy.  However, I think it can do both.  I have read a handful of stories that seem to balance the two.  One major reason I'm such a fan of Bambi's continuation of "Swiss Miss Sissy" is because of the imbuement of deeper emotions within the characters, though that part of the story is still to come for those of you who don't know the author and haven't been lucky enough to read ahead.

Don't Drop the Soap/Shower Surprise

"The Humiliations of Vicki's Baby" is a story by Bea that's collected in the book On Becoming One of the Girls.  It's about a small, wimpy guy who becomes involved with a woman of Amazonian proportions and her two daughters.  It's kind of an odd story, even for Bea.  If I remember correctly, it may have been commissioned by someone, which might account for some of its oddness.  I don't fully understand why it's even called "The Humiliations of Vicki's Baby."  Despite the fact that there is some infantalization in the story, it's not a major part of the plot.  Bea is also rather inconsistent when it comes to which character enjoys infantalizing the protagonist.  It gives me the sense that the story was written off the cuff, without having the plot mapped out ahead of time.

Still, there are some sexy moments in the story that I liked, such as the part in which the protagonist is accosted in the shower by Vicki's daughters, which is what inspired this next drawing.    

"Do Not Drop the Soap" (2008)

I was never very thrilled with how this one turned out.  The daughters are described as tall and muscular, but drawing muscular people is not my strong suit.  It doesn't help that when I look for references, the majority of photos of fitness models I find show them flexing and/or striking some sort of unnatural pose.  I like to think I did a somewhat better job the second time around.

"Shower Surprise" (2016)

Shameless Plug

Loath as I am to promote myself in any way, I still may as well mention that I have a Patreon page for my fetishistic artwork now- actually, I've had it for over a year, but I've been mostly neglecting it.  However, I'm hoping I can find the time/energy to churn out some more art of this nature on a more regular basis.  If you feel at all inclined to support me in that endeavor, I would not be unappreciative, but if not, that's fine, too.  Whatever.  

Oh, here's one last pic, which I did for one of my Patreon patrons, as part of a monthly art lottery.  I've just suspended said lottery, however, perhaps permanently, as the extra work it required was causing me too much stress.

"She Shames Shy Sissies by the Seashore" (2016)