"This was one of those few and far between pieces where the image arrives in your head pretty much fully formed (it doesn't happen to me often!), the idea of a strawberry skinned girl, licking her hand where she was bruised or cut, a very cannibalistic image really, but with a more suggestive edge.
I came really close to naming her Christine after the Siouxsie & the Banshees song but that wasn't actually the idea behind the piece so stayed away from it. Because I had such a clear image in mind, when it came to shooting some reference images, I think it took all of 5 mins with the lovely model who must've thought it was the fastest job ever!" - Tom Bagshaw
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Based in the Georgian city of Bath, England, Tom Bagshaw
works as a commercial illustrator under the moniker Mostlywanted and is represented by The Central Illustration Agency. His talents are sought after by clients in fashion, advertising, editorial and publishing, and include Saatchi & Saatchi, Sony, the BBC, The Daily Telegraph, Kraft, GQ, Future Publishing, Scholastic and Random House.
For his personal work he has developed a highly rendered digital painting style through which he explores portraiture and figurative themes of fantasy, beauty and mysticism. While his work deals with imaginative content, it also aims for a strong level of realism in its presentation. Feminine beauty and portraiture play a central role in his work, but the women he depicts are never frail damsels in distress. More often than not they are strong, intriguing characters, with an air of mystery to them.
Find more from Tom Bagshaw at mostlywanted.com
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