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[NSFW] Voluptuous 'Thicc' Goddesses Get Their Due in REEG's Illustrations

The London-based artist exclusively draws and cherishes one thing: curvy women.

by TCP Staff
08 February 2017, 1:50pm

This article contains adult content. 

 

Silvestre Sisters #REEG

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Voluptuous, plus-size, ‘thicc’; whatever your term of choice to describe bodies on the larger side may be, it’s difficult to argue that there isn’t something effortlessly entrancing about artist REEG's illustrations of curvy women. Perhaps due to the bombardment of stick-figure bodies circulating in popular media or maybe functioning as proof that sometimes more is, in fact, more, the London-based artist’s cartoons balance unabashed sensuality with unrelenting body positivity that is damn near-impossible to looking away from.
 

 

Sparring Darlings #REEG

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REEG, born Ray Edwards, has had a personal interest in larger bodies since he can remember: “In one form or another I’ve always creatively expressed my appreciation for the voluptuous,” the artist tells The Creators Project. “Where words fell short, I would sketch my experiences into fruition and share them with friends.”
 

 

Built for this III #REEG #creepyseat

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Beyond an admiration for curves and the female body, REEG’s’s works are also inspired by R. Crumb and Ralph Bakshi, pioneers of illustration and animation in their own rights: “Both their works embody the right blend of fun and sexy nostalgia which I’m always trying to tap into when creating my pieces,” explains the artist. His other sources of creative inspiration stem from his cartoon-filled youth: “Childhood inspirations from the 80s like Bodē's female characters, Fleischer's hula-dancing Betty Bop, and Jessica Rabbit all play a part in my creative ambience today.”
 

 

The line up again of the #REEG x @macsorro figures. Thanks to those that have already ordered!

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Dialogues and interactions with others have always formed a core part of REEG’s practice. “My works are a byproduct of these exchanges,” the artist adds. Although his works are primarily incarnated as paintings and illustrations, the artist has an ever-growing list of collaborations that bring his larger-than-life 2D figures into concrete, physical reality. A recent collaboration with Vegas-based sculptor Macsorro led to the creation of Downward Dime, an editioned toy depicting a full-figured woman mid-yoga pose. In another instance, REEG collaborated with tattoo artist Tino Gomez to produce a fully-colored tattoo of one of his recognizable figures for a fortunate customer.
 


Sometimes REEG’s collaborations aren’t about materializing his 2D illustrations. The artist recently collaborated with fellow illustrator Reginald Pean, fusing REEG’s signature women with Pean’s trademark skeletons and devilish figures. Currently viewable on REEG’s website, the collision of these drawn worlds will also be shown at an IRL exhibition in New York, later this year.
 


For a full archive of REEG’s voluptuous illustrations, check out his website or his meticulously curated Instagram page.

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