Laurenn McCubbin is more than live nude girls

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Laurenn McCubbin creates illustrations that aren’t simply two-dimensional renderings of pretty ladies in seductive poses. Her work forces the viewer to shy away from viewing the female form as simply an object of desire and to absorb the full impact of emotion wrenched from every line, color, and shape. McCubbin’s illustrations have graced the covers of books, magazines, and comic books. Her images have spread themselves across the pages of Michelle Tea’s Rent Girl and McCubbin’s own self-published work, XXXLive Nude Girls. But she doesn’t just stop with sirens. “You know, I don’t just draw sexy girls,” McCubbin says. “I am a little obsessed with underpasses, old neon signs. Drawing women is a moneymaker.”


Ainsley Drew is a native New Yorker, freelance writer, and euphemism enthusiast. Her work has been featured in The New York Press, McSweeney’s, The Morning News, and Curve Magazine, among other totally sweet publications. An avid fan of all sports, but especially the NBA, when she's not stalking 6'10" centers she eats way too much Japanese food, plays word games, and hits on anything that moves. Aiming high, she hopes to one day be a notorious literary celebrity with her name in tabloids. She also has eleven fingers, so she can type faster than you. You can find her jerkethic.com and ainsleydrew. Be her Internet friend. More from this author →