Making NSFW Art

by Aiyla Beau

Hey guys, it's Aiyla Beau here, and today I'm going to be talking to you NOT about my sexy photo content but about my NSFW artwork. I've always been an artist ever since I was little, but around 4 years ago, I started creating art explicitly to build up a career for myself. 


Before I go into specifics, I want to tell you what is kind of my origin story, as to this day it blows my mind slightly. It's 2016, and I'm drawing my first large portrait of a topless woman with an octopus on her head, tentacles covering some of her face and eyes. It’s going really well, and I’m super pleased with it. It is the beginning of what will become a series of artworks along the same tentacle-infused theme, a theme that is still going strong to this day! 


Around the same time, I was moving house, from central London back to Bristol, and as I am packing my belongings, I came across an old pencil drawing I had drawn in 2013 that I had completely forgotten about... it was a drawing I had made after having a dream, a dream about a woman with an octopus on her head. This dream was so vivid, thinking back now I can remember It was almost like a movie, and I was a tiny camera panning around this woman's head, it was almost like I could reach out and touch it, it felt so real and like nothing I had experienced before, like an out of body experience. 


That dream had moved me so much that the next morning I sketched out what I could remember, and then subsequently forgot all about it. When I found this sketch and it all came flooding back, my mind was blown! This dream I had had 4 years previous, looked exactly like a part of the first photo shoot I did for this series of artworks I started in 2016! To this day I believe that that dream was prophetic, or that somehow my mind went forwards in time to that photo shoot, a photo shoot that has kickstarted a new career and a new life for me. I still have the pencil sketch, and I've never been compelled to draw a dream before or since.


My art is very personal. I sometimes find it hard to explain to people what it's about because I'll be honest, it feels kind of primal and it comes from an instinctual symbolic part of my psyche where there isn't much in the way of explanation, but I'll do my best. Technically it's called Hyperrealism or hyper-realistic portraiture. Hyperrealism is art that looks like it could be a photo, or that it could be real, the aim of the game is to get it looking as true to life as possible, and draw things that the eye cannot fully capture in real life without a camera, like running water for example.



Some artists in this field choose objects as their subjects, things like a glass of water, or a large study of sweets in their shiny plastic wrappers. I like drawing people, but not just any old pictur