There’s no need to be coy in this case: Appolonia Saintclair does some sexy pictures. Sexy, sexy pictures. Heavy Metal readers from back in the day might note that she’s in the tradition of European erotica represented by artists like Milo Manara and Guido Crepax; look back another few generations and you might land on Aubrey Beardsley, Gustav Klimt, or Egon Schiele, and observe a strong affinity with early surrealism. She’s also, quite obviously, consumed a bit of porn and fetish imagery on her artistic journey.
Feel free to fill in your own blanks, as it’s unlikely Sinclair will object—she works under a pseudonym, and for all her internet fame (she’s got a huge following on Instagram and Tumblr) she prefers to let the images and their often ironic titles speak for themselves. In a 2016 interview, she explained to Dazed Digital that her work is “born of the need to enjoy myself. We all have liked books or seen films that have left us with an intense feeling of marvel. And we have in us the desire to get back into these enchanted worlds indefinitely. As the wonder unfortunately lasts a limited time, I felt the need to try to create myself such bubbles of fiction.”
Her standard biography is brief: “Ink is my blood. I draw for my own sake and for your pleasure.”
Saintclair is currently in the final, final stage of a crowdfunding campaign for Ink Is My Blood, vol. 1 through Ulule.com. March 31, 2017, is the last day to order her book there (it’s currently 267% funded), which includes not just her drawings, but also commentary on them by writers she counts among her fans. Here are some sample layouts:
If you don’t get in on the crowdfunding, you will be able to order the book from Saintclair’s BigCartel store.