On this edition of Lewd Spotlight, we sit down with NiniiDawns enthusiast of all things cute, slender, and ultimately incredibly alluring.
LewdGamer: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
NiniiDawns: Hello! I am NiniiDawns. I have gone by many names, but I guess Dawns is the one that stuck. I like to draw quite a few things, but I tend to stick to cute, moe, pin-up styled girls/femboys and lewds, but on occasion, I can do SFW too, of course.
LewdGamer: How and when did you start drawing?
NiniiDawns: I had always been drawing throughout my entire life, but I was about just as good as anyone else with stick figures and their first “anime” drawings, lol.
Then, when I eventually decided that my improvement was going too slow, I decided to actually try my best and put work into it. I knew if I didn’t, I wasn’t going to get anywhere with it, which was at the start of my old DA account that I currently cannot use as much because of the lewds and the site's rules.
Either way, at the start of that account, I was still quite bad, but at least I started to put effort into it. That account started 7 or 6 years ago, but I would much more likely say that I have been trying very hard to improve properly for 5 years, because the first few of those learning years were just me trying to discover the basics and also refusing to actually use things like… anatomical construction. But then I got a friend to teach me about it by basically just calling me out on my BS of not trying to construct drawings at all and excusing it as “style”. I got a lot of constructive criticism from that, until one day, I surpassed them and they said they can no longer help me with their own knowledge.
So... since everyone and their mother has drawn things as a child, I won’t count those years and instead say I have been drawing for 5 years.
LewdGamer: How long have you been drawing lewd artwork and what got you into it?
NiniiDawns: For about the same time as in the previous question, like 7 years. I have to say, it started off very tame and boring because I was shy about it, so at first I would just draw like, a panty shot and that’s about it. I am not sure what it was that got me into it; I just liked the appeal of it, I guess. It’s a bit taboo to draw it, so hand it to any low-key rebellious teen and they’ll try it. Then eventually, I just kept doing it because it was fun to me?
LewdGamer: How did you arrive at your current art style?
NiniiDawns: I would assume it’s a mixture of things I saw and liked, combined with what I could actually do. There are still people I look up to, which probably influences the way I draw without me even knowing it. I still want to improve a lot of things about my style and works, polishing it a lot more to give it a soft, squishy feeling to it… so I guess me liking soft and squishy things ended up with this style? I’m not exactly sure if I am recreating that feeling right with my drawings just yet, but hey, I’ll get it someday. Not every lewd thing needs to look so wild since there is already lots of it, so some softer-looking stuff is what I’ll go for most of the time.
LewdGamer: Do you draw for a particular kind of audience?
NiniiDawns: Yes and no. I just draw what I like and the audience can either agree or disagree, but I do censor myself in what I do and don’t post, simply to try and control the types of audiences. For example, if I suddenly started drawing a completely different fetish, I would attract an audience for that in particular, so I might be commissioned or something like that to do things more extreme than I’d like under the guise of “you drew this, this request isn’t even that much worse, so why not?” I don’t want to fall into that pithole, personally, since it usually escalates into me being uncomfortable with it.
LewdGamer: What is your favorite character and fetish to draw?
NiniiDawns: Mostly my OCs (yeah, original response, I know), though I don’t think I have a fave OC. Favorite fetish, I am not sure, since my works are rather vanilla in the sexual department. I guess the best I can say is cute stuff and size difference, but, like… not an extreme size difference? I’m not exactly out to draw a toe-sized girl.
But if feminine guys and cute chicks are a fetish, then I’m in.
LewdGamer: Is there anything you wouldn't draw?
NiniiDawns: Quite a few things, I have a dos and don'ts list somewhere that needs to be updated constantly. I won't draw scat, hard guro or necrophilia, and the likes. I do draw males, but they just aren’t exactly my specialty yet. Oh, and I don’t do hyper. I have tried the colorful candy gore thing a few times and a very bloody Halloween image in the past, but It’s not exactly my thing entirely. I guess I’m okay with some parts of it; I can draw bruises and cuts and such, and neon colored pinata styled candy guts, but the moment it becomes realistic, I’m out. So some of these things I don’t draw, I would if they were tamed down a lot. And then there’s a few that I just DON'T do, like the ones mentioned first.
LewdGamer: Do you ever face any difficulties in your drawing process?
NiniiDawns: Everyone does don’t they? It’s quite commonly known that learning when drawing just… never stops. Right now, I have been focusing on coloring, but I am switching that off to focusing on anatomy and angles instead, since I feel those are more important at this point. My colors aren’t great, but they’re good enough to not have to be the main focus of my learning anymore.
Oh, and the most common difficulty is when you draw and all your characters always face the same way in 3/4th angle to the left. Definitely got to stop doing that.
The last, but least difficulty would be laziness. It happens to everyone, okay? I set due dates and everything for my work and it gets better, but still, I could be working more than I am, so I should. I guess work ethic is also a difficulty at times, but just a little bit!
LewdGamer: Could you briefly describe some of the projects you're currently working on?
NiniiDawns: Currently, there are no major projects going on. It's a bit randomized, but that doesn’t mean I have nothing planned. I am waiting for my art to improve just a little more so I can make a proper project. I have already made a messy test comic that was short since, well… I was only trying it out to see if I had the ability to make it, and it taught me that I do! So the project I am trying to start would just be another lewd comic — a second test type of comic— but this time, one that's a bit more than 4 pages, more like a properly finished one (that can’t be too hard for just a lewd one right?)
I just need to make sure that the projects I choose to try are actually possible to be done by a one-person team. RIP.
NiniiDawns can be reached on Twitter.
Samples of their art and more can be found on Pixiv.