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Monday, July 31, 2017

[NSFW] These Devilish Illustrations Are Sinfully Sexy


The Taste of Sin


Dark, medieval scenes featuring women in various stages of undress with demons, goats, and sometimes the Prince of Darkness himself, emerge in the titillating illustrations of Cristóbal López. Thus far, we've seen tentacle porn, ghost sex, extraterrestrial probing—seriously, there's no shortage of creepy-sexy material, if you're looking for it.

The Taste of Sin, 2016, courtesy of Cristóbal López

"I guess that my work speaks about things relative to everyone—and those are sex and the magical relationships between humans and the divine," López tells Creators. "To be honest I am not contributing anything new—it's a classic theme of romanticism. The grotesque or sinister contrasts with the ideal of beauty or the sublime and establish a dramatic link."



Weregoat Cover, 2016, courtesy of Cristóbal López

His nearly exclusive use of black-and-white extends this high-drama aesthetic, resulting in images that are intensely graphic, in both senses of the word. The Chilean artist says this style is in part a symptom of limited resources, but is also informed by a background in commercial storyboarding, which he left to pursue more personal projects.



Hail Satin, 2016, courtesy of Cristóbal López

"I realized that after finishing a job the last thing I wanted to do with my free time was to continue drawing," López says. "I went too much time of my life drawing for brands that I detest without being able to generate my own work."



Unholy Mary, 2016, courtesy of Cristóbal López

Porn is clearly an influence, but López says he also draws on imagery from Renaissance engravings, comic books, tarot cards, artists like Hieronymus Bosch and Francisco Goya, and "the Internet universe" as inspirational material. Although his images are jammed with religious and occult references, he's more interested in the feelings they conjure than in any overt idea or message.
"I am not such a spiritual person. In fact I am quite pragmatic for many things. However, I find the unknown and hidden attractive," he explains.



Sacrifice, 2017, courtesy of Cristóbal López.

Occasionally too hot for Instagram, where he's amassed a following of nearly 50,000, his penchant for devilish debauchery has gotten him booted several times.
"Every post I make I have the feeling that it could be the last one," López tells Creators. "I think without those community guidelines my work would be much more explicit on Instagram."
López now uses workarounds to keep fans in the loop on his racier projects. In a recent post, a very NSFW demon gangbang is transformed into a totally fine pizza party with the help of a few carefully-placed emojis.



Weregoat Cover 2, 2016, courtesy of Cristóbal López

Clearly an embodiment of all things brutal, it's no surprise that his work is sought out by metal bands looking for the kind of heaviness that can only be visualised by goats, gore, and lots of black. López's work has been commissioned by Volcanic, Daedalvs, Tannähauserkrieg, Pactum, and Weregoat.
"My first album cover was for the band Weregoat—I did three blasphemic illustrations for them, and after that, a lot of metal bands started to contact me for my art," López says. "I love to work for musicians. They really appreciate your art and they always have a visual idea behind their music."
His work has also been featured in collaborations with @monstersholdingbitches and permanently enshrined on people's skin.

López has work for sale here and plans to start fundraising for a book of his work in September.

Click here to follow him on Instagram.

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