Intake – New Animation



Welcome back dear reader. I’ve been away for a little while but have also managed to squeeze in some time to complete a new animation that I’m just dying to share with you all. Read on for my director’s commentary, but first please enjoy Intake.

The source material for this image comes from Gatsby’s Whore a tumblr featuring the sexual exploits of a woman named Daisy and her lover (the eponymous Gatsby). He’s also quite the shutterbug as there is an enormous number of quality photos of her; face carefully concealed from the camera.

This image was posted to their blog earlier this year and just immediately grabbed me with the strong composition and her lovely figure. I’m also a fiend for girls in heels, but we all know this. ;)

Anyhoo, I set to work on it immediately, knowing exactly what I wanted to bring to it visually. Whirling colors, endless spirals, and a techy-looking control panel to give some sense of infrastructure to the affair. I thought the image was so strong, I decided it didn’t need a caption. Satisfied, I dropped the finished piece in the “Complete” folder and left it there.

Which is odd because I don’t usually run much of a buffer in the way of work. When I finish something, I post it. But this one sat there for a week while my mind chewed on it. I realized that I really did want to add a caption, I just didn’t have any great ideas.

So, I went back to the project file created a text box and stared at for a bit. Then, I went back to that control panel and stared at that for a bit. I began to think about a row of these stalls with girls being brainwashed in each of them. The idea of an intake facility began to form in my mind. I started writing and the words just poured out. It was one of the quickest writing sessions I’ve ever had, in fact.

So, there you have it. Its an interesting case-study for the intuitive way I often work. Doing things without a specific plan, just leaving myself threads that I can return to if needed. Plodding along until I get to the finish line. In this case, I’m quite pleased with the results.

As always, your questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome.

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Answers – New Animation



Greetings and welcome back. I have a new animation for you this evening, a wonderful bit of raw-image I ran across on Tumblr. I do hope you enjoy Answers.

This image was the picture that kept on giving. With the model’s facial expression alone, I could have made something work and been very happy. However, I had so much more to work with here. The magnifying lamp above her face, the glass probe pressed to her forehead, the hand holding her head in place. I just couldn’t have asked for more in the way of raw material.

A very fun piece to work on.

Now, I’ve got a few other projects keeping me busy and I’ll look forward to sharing those with you throughout the month. I also have a very, very big project in the works. Something I’m quite excited about. Something that many of you have suggested and asked about. It will have to stay a tease for now but I’ll be talking much more about it in the coming months.

Stay tuned and, as always, your comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome.

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Another Tease



I’m horrible about not posting for ages and ages. Partially because I’m ADHD and partially because it takes time to do what I do and when I don’t have anything finished, I don’t have much to post. So, I’m trying to shake things up a bit today with a tease of something I’ve been working on here and there.

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I have an idea of what the finished product might end up being but I’m still working on all that. This was just a quick experiment to test a couple of techniques that I’m thinking will end up getting used in the final piece. I’ve included a “PG” GIF alongside the full-monty version, for those who might be interested in sharing to locales where nudity is an issue.

Please to enjoy and imagine.

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Catching Up



Hi all, hope all is well with you. I’m checking in today with a brief update that’s mostly geared towards getting my gallery here updated with all the new work I’ve done recently. I started actually posting to my tumblr blog a month or so ago and ended up being really motivated by the experience.

As a result, I turned out a surprising amount of work in a very short period of time. I’ve actually completed one more entry in the first four months of this year than I had all year in 2013. Or course, one of last year’s manips was a twenty-plus-minute video so…that may be a factor. In any case, the gallery is now stocked with all of the work I’ve done over at tumblr in addition to a brand new piece that I just finished!

Cultivate is inspired by all the best sci-fi mind control fiction that shows us what happens when pretty girls get too close to nefarious-flower-type-things. Its taken from a photo series featuring the lovely Justine Joli and has some of the best trance faces I’ve seen from her.

I’ve often talked about stealing facial expressions from one photo to use in another, but this pic was really a difficult proposition because I had so many great options. Here’s a pic of all the faces I had to choose from:

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See? A lot of great choices there. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the manip(s). I’ve got so many things I hope to get to this year, hopefully my spare-time meter stays in the green long enough for me to get to all of them. Thanks and, as always, your questions, suggestions, and comments are welcome.

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And I’m Back



Happy 2014 everyone! Its been a while since I checked in but I’ve been hard at work behind the scenes on new material and I have four, count them FOUR, new pieces of work to show off. Three I actually put up before the new year but if you haven’t checked the gallery in a couple weeks, then they’re new-to-you.

on-command-anim-tFirst up is a little something I worked on over the holidays. Since the bound subject already had some electro-play nodes attached, I thought the pic would lend itself well to the addition of a VR mind control rig. I was also struck by the shallow depth of focus, which I thought would make for a fun challenge to match with the brainwashing apparatus.

Finally, I really enjoyed the contrast between the bondage and the sub’s muscular physique. That juxtaposition is full of interesting drama vis-a-vis mind-over-muscle tropes. Trilby explored that idea a number of times and its something that always struck a chord with me.

therapeutic-thumbNext up is an interesting two-for-one kind of thing. I was wandering around on Tumblr a while back and happened across an animated GIF of Sasha Grey lying on a couch and blinking in a drowsy, maybe-she’s-being-hypnotized kind of way. In fact, I think the poster even captioned the photo to that affect.

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Part 2 of My Interview is Online



Hi all, just checking in with a quick update to let everyone know that part 2 of my interview is now online. This segment deals with my various influences, my approach to my work, and a bit of advice for those looking to do their photo-manipulations.

Do check it out and please let thrall know if you enjoyed the interview. I had a great time and I’d love to see her continue on interviewing others in the mind control fetish community.

Quickly, I’ll also add that I’ve been fixing some bugs on the site today and trying to get everything back to 100% after the move to the new hosting provider. If you do spot anything that doesn’t appear to be working as it should, don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know.

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Part 1 of an Interview with Me is Online



I talk a lot on this blog. I’ve never really mastered brevity. But, as much as I talk, I don’t think I’ve ever discussed how I became interested in erotic mind control; or how I first discovered the online emc community; or how I actually got started doing photo manips way back when.

I’ve answered these and many other excellent questions posed by thrall in an interview she conducted with me recently. The first part is online now over on her blog and the second part should be released this weekend. So, if you’re interested in knowing a bit more about me, how I approach my work, and why am as hopelessly kinked as I am, then pop on over and have a read!

Thanks to thrall for giving me the opportunity to talk about all this. I’m glad to have had the occasion to force myself to recall some of the details surrounding my early emc memories and getting involved with the online scene. I hadn’t really thought about any of that for years so it was nice to remember for it myself and to share it with her.

I hope you’ll have a read and learn something new about your humble artist and his kink. Be sure to let her know if you enjoy it.

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Your Friend and Mine, A. Regina Cantatis



What’s that you say? You don’t know A. Regina Cantatis? Well, I bet you do. Ms. Cantatis is the pen name of prolific erotic mind control fiction author, and I’m proud to say my good friend, thrall. “But wait,” I hear you already thinking, “isn’t ‘thrall’ already a pen name?” Yes, that’s certainly true. But I think you’d also agree that its better-suited to the pages of The Archive or The Garden than the pages of say…an honest-to-goodness e-novel.

That’s right my friends! thrall has ventured out into the world of e-publishing and already has released three of her most imaginative tales of EMC-sci-fi-sexiness as downloadable e-books. Currently, she’s selling Love in a Silver Socket, one of my favorites from her back-catalog, and her most recent (and some of her finest) work: Sleepwalkers on Amazon. You can also pick up those titles, as well as her seminal squick classic Octopus Vulgaris over on her store at Smashwords.

Now, you didn’t hear this from me but… I bet if you wandered over to her blog and checked out this post, you might just snag a coupon code to save 25% off Sleepwalkers on Smashwords; good for the next two weeks.

Now, I certainly can’t speak for all of you and the e-reading devices you might own, but I can say, with some authority, that I, and my iPad, are really quite tickled to have a few titles from thrall sitting alongside my complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories and a deluxe edition of HP Lovecraft shorts.

Every week I visit The Archive, I wish there were donation buttons so I could show my appreciation for the talented authors that I follow there. I’d love to be able to show them how much I value the time they invest in sharing their imagination and craft with all of us. I’m so very, very pleased to finally have the opportunity to give a little something back to support the writing efforts of one of our communities greatest authors.

The fact that she is a dear friend of mine is just icing on the cake.

So, I hope you’ll join me by checking out the Amazon and Smashwords store-fronts for A. Regina Cantatis and that you too will find a happy home for her e-books in your electronic reader of choice.

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Forward: New Animation



Welcome back dear reader. I hope September has been as fun for you as it has for me. I’ve taken some well-deserved time off, enjoyed the company of friends, and, now, I’m back in the saddle and have several new pieces of work that I’m going to be unveiling in the coming weeks.

Tonight’s piece is one pulled from a large, unorganized folder of potential material that I call “Loose Art.” Its one of many random images I come across and save for a rainy day, I’ll explain more about all that in the rest of this post. For now, I hope you enjoy Forward and then read on for my director’s commentary.

Pretty much anytime I come across a pic that prominently features a TV or computer monitor, I save it. Many times, upon second glance, I decide I can’t really do anything with it after all. Of course there are times when I find a way to make even those types of images work. See Assignment as a case-in-point.

The long and short of it is that I have a folder filled with these kinds of random images, not because I have an idea of what to do with them, only because I think I might…one day. Such was the fate of tonight’s image. The laptop in the background certainly offered possibilities but I was very taken with the image of this pretty woman having her neck ravaged by another girl. Anyhoo, the image and a few others from the same gallery were saved and forgotten about.

This week, I happened across it again and the inspiration finally came through. I suddenly ‘heard’ the hypnotist, whispering hotly in the subject’s ear. Tempting and teasing her as she nibbled and sucked on the seated woman’s neck. That sense of tactile passion was a real driving force in the caption and something I hoped would convey heat and erotic hunger. That theme of hunger ended up being a big part of a relatively small narrative, but I was happy to be economical with a caption for once.

As for the actual work of manipulation, I did composite in the subject’s left arm from another photo. I was very smitten with the idea of her masturbating to help cement her hypnotist’s control over her. Tying the words being whispered into her ear with the pleasure of her own fingers. I think that final scene from trilby’s Bond was coming through there.

Beyond that, I just needed to create some kind of sexy-smexy hypnotic imagery for the laptop screen. Fortunately, I recently took the time to download a massive amount of animated backgrounds from a stock video site I subscribe to. It made the work go rather quickly since I didn’t have to create something from scratch myself.

I hoped you enjoyed and, as always, your questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome.

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Maintenance, House Keeping, and Browser Compatibility, Oh My



As some of you are already aware, my site was down late last week. Fortunately it wasn’t anything too serious…other than an erroneous report of being infected with malware. Anyhoo, things are back up and running now, hopefully even a bit faster than before.

As part of combatting the strain on my web hosts’s resources (which is why my site was taken down to begin with), I’ve installed a cache plugin which should serve up pages more quickly than before while also reducing both the amount of CPU cycles my site burns through and the chances my web host takes me offline again.

Now on to some fun stuff.

As you’ve probably noticed already, I’ve redesigned the Gallery page into a single archive containing all of my work, sorted by year of release, with options to filter by the type of Manip (Photo, Animation, etc). I think this format will make it far easier to drop in and quickly see if there’s been any new artwork uploaded. It should also facilitate some future developments in being able to quickly find Manips with similar criteria such as quickly seeing all artwork featuring swinging pendants or headphones.

Speaking of finding Manips, I’ve also implemented a Related Manips feature. So, now, when you view the page for a piece of art, there will be thumbnails below it linking to similar Manips. This is a feature I’ve wanted to implement for some time but its taken quite a while to actually tag every single piece of artwork, behind the scenes, in order to make it happen.

Now, to some really fun stuff.

I’ve added some new header animations to the site. I’ve always enjoyed those as a design element and I appreciate those of you who have taken the time to write and let me know that you like them too. There’s four new ones that are now in the rotation (they come up at random) and I want to explain why they are a bit special.

The four you’re already acquainted with were my first venture into HTML 5/CSS 3 animated graphics. That is to say, all the animation is being done natively in your browser (as opposed to using some sort of plugin like Flash or Java). These new four go a step further: they are natively-embedded video.

I’ll talk more about this in my next blog entry, but the long and short of it is that, similar to graphic animation, html 5 supports playing video right in the browser without the need for plugins like Flash or Quicktime. This allows me to create much more rich animations that don’t require you to have additional software installed and will be better-positioned to support mobile platforms like iOS and Android in the future.

Being able to utilize video-embeds also opens up some other exciting possibilities, but I’ll talk more about that next time. For now, the site is back up with some new features and there’s more new stuff on the way.

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