Archive for the 'ArtVantage' Category

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!