Initially, the first thing I thought of when this week's topic was posted was a nice cup of hot tea. Concerned that this might not be such an original idea, I decided to look at some of the illustrations already posted on Illustration Friday. Sure enough, there were many beverage illustrations including tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. So I thought I better do something different.
A back rub was the next thing that came to mind. However, as I thought more about it, I was getting a bit concerned about how a picture of a partially nude female would be perceived. I don't want my work to come across as being sexist or erotic. Unfortunately, in our society (at least in the US) almost any image of nudity is considered erotic or pornographic. Nevertheless, I decided to be true to what I envisioned because first, I didn't know how to make my alternative ideas work as well, and secondly, I need to be true to myself as an artist, regardless of what others may think.
As I was working on this illustration, I wasn't sure if it was going to turn out, but now that it is completed I am happy with the finished product. Who wouldn't like to savor a nice back rub, especially any artist who hunches over a drawing board all day!
Created with pen & ink and watercolor.