Today we are visited by the talented Erotic artist Barbara Jensen. Barbara is such a fixture in the PSP Community with her artwork. Thank you so much for talking with us today Barbara.I know the readers will love reading about you and your artwork.You may visit her website and purchase her psp tubes at her store
1) How did you become a part of the psp tube community?
Way back in the day I used to be with gild so that was my introduction into the psp community. Then I decided to go out on my own after they closed up. I am so glad that I did because this gives me much more of an opportunity to interact with all of the taggers and I have made so many great friends over the last 6 years of being an independent.
2) What does your artwork mean to you?
Oh it's my passion! I can think of nothing better than to wake up in the morning looking forward to my work day and loving what I do.
3) What inspires you in creating your artwork?
Many things inspire me. The beauty of the female form, color, beautiful expressive faces and of course cool outfits! And getting to stay home doing what I love after working outside the home for many years is a huge inspiration! :)
4) How long have you been selling psp tubes? How did you decide to sell tubes as an independent artist? I've been selling for about 8 years give or take. I was still under contract with gild when I decided to sell on my own...I just liked that I could do what I wanted, what I did and what went out and when. Can anyone say...control freak!? lol!
5) How do you create your artwork? Is it by hand or digitally? What tools do you use in doing the artwork?
Most of my art is done by hand with watercolors, colored pencils, inks, acrylics and other mixed media on board. I do dabble some in digital art but I have a long way to go on that front.
6)Aside from psp tubes, what else do you createwith your artwork?
I sell prints on my website and also have licensed my work to be sold as T-Shirts, magnets, stickers and such. I also have my art licensed for mobile content and it has been used in books, magazine covers and even comic books.
7) As you have developed your style and artwork, which artists
have influenced you? Many! Erik Drudwyn for one....he was a huge inspiration and help to me and a great guy to boot. Just too many to count...I love to study technique and I have TONS of art books!
8) Does the psp community help artists become more well known
with getting their names and artwork more visible? Yes...but I had been out there selling my originals and prints quite a few years before I started doing tubes. The collectors of the originals and the prints are a whole different group. I have been out in the pinup world for about 13 years and selling my art to collectors and through galleries over that course of time and doing tubes for about 8 of those years. But the psp community has definitely given my visibility a boost and there is much more interaction with the taggers vs the collectors so the fun factor is a huge plus! Thank you all!!
9) What do you enjoy the most about being part of the psp community? The companionship, friendships and the fun!! I love being a part of the community and participating...I even tag now and then when I have time. I'm not very good but I love it. The psp community has opened up a whole new world of beautiful people to me!
10) What are some of your favorite art pieces which you have done and why? Oh boy...let's see....Out of my newer works I really like "My New Shoes"...I like the perspective, "Bird Of A Feather"...I love the outfit and "Clash"...that corset was fun! From my older works I like "Whisperz"...the pose and the wings, "Pop Tart"...cute outfit and expression, "Leap Of Faith" for the action in it, "Blueberry...the hair was fun and I like the perspective of the pose and I really enjoyed working on the Faes.
11) Do you prefer tags with your art tubes animated or non animated? Or are both great to you? Oh both are great! To me the composition and design make the tag what it is and the animation is a cool extra.
12) Do you do commissions for taggers? Do you welcome ideas for tubes which taggers may have? I have done exclusives for some groups and individuals and have also had some original commission work from a few too! I always welcome ideas from taggers and I keep a list of suggestions. I do a lot of commission work so most of the time I am bound by what the commissioner wants but sometimes I get to do what I want! I have done some exclusives for other companies too like Scrapsncrap and satc.
13) Is there anything which you don't allow to be done with your artwork? For example mirroring, animation, colorizing etc. All of this is allowed...even breathing and legs moving...I just love seeing how creative people can get with the tube and like to be as flexible as possible so as not to hinder the creativity. I don't allow anyone to add things to the art like hats and wings though. That is one reason I started doing the layers....I added a lot of that to the tube myself and with the layers you are allowed to change the colors and even erase if you want to! Like if I have a runny mascara layer and you only want it on one eye you can erase it from the other. I really think this makes it fun for the tagger...like playing dress up! I know I have fun making them and go a little crazy with the layers sometimes making the tube HUGE! Plus my newer tubes are much larger than the usual 7".
14) Would you like to receive tags which our members may do featuring your artwork? We often love to send the artists tags by our members. Oh YES! I have a Tag Gallery on my website where I love to show everyone off. I switch it out about every 2 to 3 weeks so I always encourage it. I even have that at the bottom of my newsletter. :)
A side note: First...thank you for the opportunity to do this interview and I would like to thank all of the taggers out there for the support, companionship and the friendship you have shown me throughout the years. You make my life fun and you make my art look so much more interesting than it is!! I appreciate you all. xoxoxox Barb