On making your own IV: Commissioning artists

On making your own III: Fetish Fuel Mining
On making your own V: The power of technology

It is the great multiplication of the productions of all the different arts, in consequence of the division of labour, which occasions, in a well-governed society, that universal opulence which extends itself to the lowest ranks of the people. Every workman has a great quantity of his own work to dispose of beyond what he himself has occasion for; and every other workman being exactly in the same situation, he is enabled to exchange a great quantity of his own goods for a great quantity or, what comes to the same thing, for the price of a great quantity of theirs. He supplies them abundantly with what they have occasion for, and they accommodate him as amply with what he has occasion for, and a general plenty diffuses itself through all the different ranks of the society.

Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776)

I hate to admit it, but even if much of my erotic inspiration is visual, I can’t draw worth a damn.

But I don’t let that get me down, because even if I can’t draw, there are lots of people in the world who can, and this means that a happy meeting is possible in which I help them make a living and they help me realize my vision.  And thus through the magic of exchange do the pedestrian skills I exercise at my white-collar job become art.  And there’s nothing quite like the astonishing feel of having a partner contribute their intelligence and skills to making the word become flesh, so to speak.  Thus did Hugo Araújo create the image of the Maschinenmensch becoming Maria that graces every page of of this site.

And also thus did Russkere here working only from the words of my parascript create a vision of Marie getting into serious trouble:

I’ve enjoyed working with artists as much as any of the many things I’ve done creating Erotic Mad Science, and it shouldn’t be hard to imagine why.  The process is fun, and at the end I have something to share with the world.  And I think you’ll find it fun too, if you want to give it a try.

The process need not be terribly expensive (it can be if you want it to be).  One approach would be to look through the web or at any collections of erotic art you own to find established, commercially successful artists and firms who will be happy to take your commissions.  I found Glasshouse Graphics, with whom Hugo works, through  but if you’re just starting out and aren’t sure just how deeply you want to dive in, here’s a suggestion.   There are a lot of artists in the world who are part-timers or just starting out on their careers who will work for very moderate rates.  Sites like Deviant Art or (spicier) Renderotica as well as art forums all over the web will be showcases for their work.  Take a look.  Find someone whose work you like and get in touch.  You’ll make that someone’s day.  And probably your own, as well.

I mean seriously:  it’s your chance to feel like a Renaissance prince.