Lady Salome, a mistress from Germany, wished for a fantasy-based theme and taking her name as a starting-off point we thought of a head on a silver platter, though that seemed a little gruesome. A skull with tongue licking her feet seemed a better idea. She wears a rather fetishy medieval dress and carries a sword (perhaps of justice?) Behind her a traditional German castle and a small reference to the other Biblical Salome of a crucifix on the railings. In addition to the classic watercolour treatment a very thin layer of red ink was added to the hair and tongue of the skull.
The first portrait of South Florida and New York based Mistress Michelle Lacy was so well received that the commissioner, her favourite “pony pet”, planned a companion piece for Christmas, but this time including himself standing to her left.
As in the first, another mistress rides a buggy in the background at Mistress Michelle’s fantastic open-air play Order of Indomitus
There is a simplistic idea going round in erotica marketing that women respond to words and men to pictures. This sounds true, judging by the the sales of erotic novels to women and videoclips to men, but I think the truth is more complex. From some conversations with dominant women who had taken it upon themselves to tell me what I ought to be doing (bless them), I learnt that they aren’t generally interested in femdom photos or videos simply because it had no “eye candy” for them. Instead of focussing on a good-looking male this media tends to linger on the dominant female actress, which is off-putting for them, and any males in the scene are secondary, certainly not chosen for their looks or acting ability. There are notable exceptions, but as most visual content is produced for men any content designed for women tends to get ignored and women seem to stop even looking for anything appealing. So it was initially surprising for me but on reflection quite logical that for them gay porn was their choice of viewing. I understood this but could not see how I could do anything to affect the disparity.
But these ladies could be persuasive and so, at their instigation, I tried to address this with a few pieces for what has come to be called “The Female Gaze” – that might appeal to this untapped female market and give a few new subscriptions to the member-site I was running at the time (2004-14).
Drawing in this way was an interesting process, like driving on the opposite side of the road – familiar landmarks and same direction but a different focus and view, through guessing what the female might prefer rather than just knowing. This series was one such -“Down Below”
Down Below 1
Down Below 2
Down Below 3
Down Below 4
My friends expressed satisfaction with this series – they particularly liked the suffering eyes – but I felt no immediate desire to continue working this way. I knew my core market was men and straying too far from that would alienate them. I put up a few pieces now and then “for the ladies” such as this -“Moonlight”, but let the matter rest as I felt it was for a female artist to develop it further.
So I was pleased recently to get to know about a new venture called Dreams Made Flesh run by a Canadian lifestyle domme . It is run on the patreon system whereby the contributions fund artists and writers who are developing this field. As you can see it’s not just Female Gaze then but Female Ear too, but I believe it’s not just for women anyway. Men can enjoy this focus equally and if they care anything about what women like (I mean-isn’t that the scene ?) then it is something that should be sponsored. Just now it is a seedling and needs support to help it grow but I’m convinced the demand is there though from those who don’t know this exists or despaired it ever would.