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ArtVantage (2) – Mandala

December 17, 2017

One definite advantage in pictorial and decorative arts is the option to create visual compositions which follow a pattern or grid, – keyword mandala.

Wikipedia is defining a mandala this way: A mandala (literally „circle“) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

With this post I want to hint you to some beautifully composed images, which could be seen as mandalas for the sexual realm. Nothing more appropriate than creating this kind of artwork as illustration for a contemporary edition of the famous Kama Sutra (sex) manual.

The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian Hindu text written by Vatsyayana. It is widely considered to be the standard work on human sexual behaviour in Sanskrit literature. (quote Wikipedia)

It is quite obvious that any illustration for this groundbreaking seven-part work, which originally was issued without any images (!), could ideally be a composition representing symmetry and/or following a pattern. For both artistic achievements (mandala & text in this case) not only share the same cultural background, they also perfectly complement each other content-wise.

Even the fun and comic approach of Benito Jacovitti (whose collection of hilarious sketches were published in an artbook titled Kamasutra) can be regarded as a mandala, a circular symbol representing the universe. The universe of sexual union in this case.

Now, enjoy the very beautiful drawings by Georges Pichard. He „seriously“ illustrated but one edition of the Kama Sutra and generated these sort of mandalas, of which each also represents a microcosm (of an aspect) in the universe of human sexuality (click to enlarge):





Featured artists in chronological order: Benito Jacovitti, Georges Pichard.

ArtVantage (1) – Masculine

October 14, 2017

Nothing better than to start this new series with an homage to a great artist! Actually I did not plan to, but the release of a movie about his life this year (check out the dates here) gave me the idea.

I am talking about Touko Valio Laaksonen, better known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland, of whom cultural historian Joseph W. Slade said that he was the “most influential creator of gay pornographic images”!

Indeed he was and his style is very distinct and recognizable. Please read about his life at this Wikipedia page and do follow the links to his art-work pages noted there!

Also check about the movie I mentioned at this Wiki-page, – mind you it aint no porno, but a revealing biopic!

Toukos impact on the scene was profound. Many artists after him dared to create uninhibited gay themed pornographic art which celebrated the very masculine male: full of muscle, stamina and xtra-large genitalia!

I offer you a small collection of art(ists) in „Toms footsteps“:

Tom was drawing men clean-shaved! Following artists implemented more than the obligatory moustache!

Toms genre preference has been hunks in uniform and leather boots. Yet he also featured Cowboys, Sailors and Construction Workers. As do contemporary artists, for example:

Toms men have been equal in size, looks and endowment (when presented in groups of two or more). Later artists seem to favour the senior/junior arrangement:

Certainly the art of Tom of Finland paved the way for numerous gay themed comics to emerge, telling hard-core stories in every imaginable way:

Featured artists in chronological order:
Joseph, Just A. Buoy, Pan Hanks, Valentine, Josman.

Note: Click pic to get enlarged version!

ArtVantage – Intro

July 22, 2017

I shall be featuring a new series, headlined ArtVantage. This word is a blend of art and advantage. Let me briefly tell you what it´s all about!

I hugely enjoy erotic art in general. Yet even more so its sub-genre pornographic art, because artists working in this field do create images inspired by carnal imagination. For this is stirring and arousing, I did place some of this kind of artwork already in my blog!

Such artists can provide settings and details which no camera is able to depict. I found a suiting statement in an essay (addressing Hentai): „…the mind´s eye is free to go where cameras cannot…“.

All an artist needs is a simple tool (pen, brush), a sheet of paper and the draftsmanship to create images probably unseen before and often enough nonexistent and/or impossible in the real world. – This sure is nothing new at all, to the contrary.

Since ages we know pen and paper. The camera is a late invention and a device of mere documentation (Photoshop aside). While covering the rendition aspect as well, classical artwork easily reaches far beyond reality, marking its unique characteristics.

For example take a look at one of the most renowned erotic art images from Japan by the famous artist Hokusai created in 1814:

A modern version of this pornographic thought may be this piece of work (from a series of illustrations, artist not stated by the source):

Both pictures also demonstrate a significant effect of the drawn or painted image: the diversity of styles, which add to the enjoyment of beholding such images.

However, the major benefit of pornographic artistry is that it can and does depict the ideal moment and the perfect angle for its narratives! After all the genre still mainly serves as a mirror for human sexuality showcasing all kinds of interactions, at least in graphic novels or comic strips.

This new series is ment to bring to you some neat artwork with hot scenes on display. To cater your appetite for arousing imagery and for providing some inspiration on the fantasy side of sex. That´s where art plays out its advantage!