Jean Francois had been posting his erotic art on social networks under the alias Phazed for about two years without really getting anywhere. Is creating Digital Art, Animation, Electronic Music.
Canadian animator and artist Phazed, found his psychedelic erotic artwork banned on Facebook. As one might imagine in the social media age, the ban ultimately worked in Painchaud’s favor. After decrying censorship, he began attracting droves of followers on Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram. While the psychedelic erotica brought him a much wider audience, it’s not the only trick up the illustrator’s sleeve.
Sex and psychedelia seem to be your main subjects.
What’s the connection between the two, for you?
Sex and psychedelics have been very beautiful and inspiring experiences in my life – that’s the connection. I feel that both psychedelics and sex can help you transcend your ego and tap into a purer state of being of living in the moment.
Painchaud says that the erotic works came about because he thought he could tap into sexual energy that had been left unused. He also felt that there was a bit of a void in erotic art.
To make some of his GIFs, Painchaud uses rotoscope animation techniques. He also makes them from scratch, or by using photographs as references.
When making his non-erotic works, Painchaud isn’t really thinking about an audience. First and foremost, he wants to satisfy himself. If people find his work aesthetically pleasing, or get inspired to create their own art, then all the better.