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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

The Art of Homoeros - 1

Homoeros - Evandro playing squash (tennis?)
   Homoeros is a prolific producer of male renders featuring handsome, young men with notably slender waists and extremely well-defined muscularity. Very often he illustrates them in conventional, static, beefcake poses, like the one below. The example above is a nice dynamic exception with an unusual subject. It gets an extra accolade for promoting spectacles as an erotic accessory (if not for encouraging the use of a tennis racquet on a squash court!). Homoeros often features clothing in his images and this first part of my article about him focuses on that aspect of his work. 

Homoeros - Evandro, on the building site
If you review this artist's gallery at Deviant Art you will immediately see that he enjoys creating different 'models', often naming them (this is Evandro), then dressing them in various clothes - and undressing them - while placing them in different locations.  If this sounds like playing with dolls, many of his creations do have a certain doll-like quality about them but his preoccupation with this activity reflects a fascination with the capabilities of the render software and a certain interest in exercising power over his male creations. This is quite different to the nurturing pleasure girls get from their dolls! - or is it?

Many render artists (even Ulf!) struggle with creating clothing from scratch, often resulting in 'painted on' garments or shapeless baggies. Homoeros gets round the problem neatly in this example by photographically borrowing a real man's jeans for his model to wear.

Homoeros - Cowboy by Matt
This tribute to the art of 'Matt' shows a deeper artistic sensibility and provides an opportunity to show off his vision of a man's muscular back in a very authentic pose, spiced with a tantalising dose of  'builders bum'. Although his men are always ultimately revealed to have generous, thick endowments and cute bubble butts, he often seems disinclined to let them show very much through their clothing - in stark contrast to Matt's cowboy in the picture on the wall before him.

Homoeros - Massive Trapeze Artist

That can't be said of this image! There are situations where the 'painted on' render look is entirely appropriate. This depiction of a figure in tights compares favourably with the cruder display of Tom of Finland's acrobats, discussed here recently. It's not exactly understated, but is a more believable fantasy of a performing artist than Tom's one. It shows that this artist 'gets' tights as being both revealing and restraining and wouldn't you like to stand close to him! The sense of manly strength created by the simple expedient of an upward looking viewpoint is striking.

Homoeros - Tommy, Star Swimmer
Homoeros sometimes imagines his characters getting together for romantic interludes. This image shows the initial spark of interest between two Speedo-clad swimmers. Everyone loves looking at men in skimpy swimming trunks but good imagery like this is surprisingly uncommon, showing them as randy sportsmen in the public environment of the competitive pool, not just men frolicking at the beach or in a rich man's pool. The erotic shaping of the garments here is idiosyncratic but it's a good illustration of the erotic power of clothing.

Homoeros - Soldier
Making outer garments disappear leaving underwear and the 'tools of the trade' behind is a long-standing, favourite device for beefcake and underwear photographers. It never fails to create the shock of the unfamiliar and imparts to the model great sexual confidence and daring. This military example from Homoeros is eye-catching and memorable thanks to the 'Miss Saigon' helicopter wow-factor and the artist's enviable eye for colour and co-ordination, which is also evident in the other images included in this article. There's a subtle muscularity and balance in this soldier's body which is pleasing and the drooping belt attracts us to his other nice feature. You can have some fun spotting the 'joins' in this picture if you look closer.

Homoeros - Ronnie in College

I've included this example because I like the face and slender curving body. It highlights this artist's preference for narrow waists. The jockstrap is not usually suited to slim, clean cut boys (see my article here) but narrower supporting straps definitely help. Fortunately this lad sports an improbably large backside ideally suited to being 'harnessed' by the jock's open-back design. His pouch suggests some bulky assets at the front with the diving frontal lines making for an almost immodest display quite at variance with Ronnie's innocent-looking face. The rendering of the straps is not entirely successful, but this fortuitously creates the, not entirely unwelcome impression, that the garment is about to fall off - a risky situation in a young male locker room.

Homoeros - Model No 297
This model, unnamed by the artist, is of a more mature mould, with a striking face that looks unexpectedly real and (with a hint of 5 o'clock shadow) very appealing. His body is once again slim with deep cut muscular definition bringing out even the minor muscle groups and decorated with veiny detail. He gazes out of the window as though waiting for someone, apparently intending to greet them naked (insert your own fantasy here!). In this picture you get a chance here to see how Homoeros views a man's sexual equipment and, curiously, his cock is the exact opposite of his body - chunky, thick and very smooth
- and I might add, in the words of mass market restaurant chains, it's succulent too.

Homoeros - Model 55
The musculature of this model is even more pronounced, but it's a chunkier, wider build. His face is characterful and lived-in with shaping round the mouth and cheeks indicative of greater maturity, as is the thinning hair, a devilishly attractive detail I can't recall having seen in erotic art before.

Combined with the slightly dazed look and unsteady pose this model steers perilously close to stereotypical representations of Dr Frankenstein's creature. Perhaps that is what Homoeros intended, modelling men of his own invention is exactly the way he approaches his art. If so this one is definitely an improvement on the original, a monster in size only.

The ropes on the man's wrists and the winching equipment behind him offer a more prosaic but exciting explanation of his downcast, groggy look. Perhaps of his ultra slim waist too, if that's not being too disrespectful. This artist's control over his inventions goes beyond dressing-up games, it has a darker side too and that is what I shall explore in the remainder of these articles about him.   

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Little Known Incidents of WWII (No 3)

Animal friends featured occasionally in War Comics, appealing to the young target audience and bolstering the humane credentials of the 'goodies'. In this story Billy, a stray dog, leads the Commandos to the hidden, enemy HQ. Commando missions in War Comics regularly made use of sewers and underground tunnels to penetrate the enemy position or make stealthy withdrawals. (!)

Will Wilkins manage to get into the tight crevice assigned to him? 
The dubious look on his face as he is given this demanding task is priceless.

His colleagues in the background seem to be shrinking from volunteering.
or perhaps they're fantasing about Wilkin's crevice.
The one on the extreme right looks like Tom of Finland's Kake.

Maybe I'm imagining the gay sub-text, but I always thought 
the 'cockleshell' hats worn by Commandos made them look very cute and sexy.

Images adapted from War Picture Library, 'Ghost Rockets' (Fleetway Library)

 Read series from No 1

Monday, 9 July 2018

While you were sleeping


The fantasy of being awoken by an attractive, amorous intruder
 is one that crossed my mind quite often in my youth 
and it's nicely played out this sequence from Stag Homme.

You can imagine the sleeper stirring from his dreams,
realising he's not alone in his bed 
and discovering unknown lips are exploring him.

The uninvited visitor's cropped hair and stubbly chin 
create a suitable impression of a villainous intruder, 
so too would the tattoos have done at one time.

There's something very erotic about this image 
with hints of calculating control and confused, but willing, submission

A tweak on the joystick is usually a winning strategy.
Sleepyhead goes with the flow.

I think it's in the bag!
(or something like that)
Francesco D'Macho and Rob Nelson both look great in this sequence from 2009.
read more about 'Eros' by Stag Homme

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Bareass Blogs No 24

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Go to No 25 (Link Pending)

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Men Sharing Clothes No 24 - Skimpy white briefs

Seth Fornea by Kevin D Hoover
When Seth Fornea got into this pair of cotton briefs,
 those threads could not have imagined what they were in for!
It's to be a stretching experience for them.

Seth Fornea by Kevin D Hoover
You have to hand it to the photographer here, ginger men don't always photograph well but Seth's majestic masculinity booms out of the picture and those briefs are bearing the brunt of it!
Fiery pubes boil over the top from the steamy brew within.

Seth Fornea by Kevin D Hoover
Seth eases them down for comfort.  
Funny how that oil (or something) gets everywhere!

Tommy by Kevin D Hoover
When Tommy comes to try them on,
he looks down as if something isn't quite right.
Sensing Seth's previous presence perhaps?

Nevertheless, the garment's magical ability
 to arouse and enlarge seems totally undiminished.
Soon more oil and stuff impregnates the fibres.

Michael Prince by Kevin D Hoover
 Another day, another oily ginge, 
putting those long suffering undies through their paces
but he too is looking like he's not quite sure about this.

Boomer Banks by Kevin D Hoover

If Tommy and Michael seemed disturbed, 
Boomer Banks looks positively repelled by something.
His credentials would represent the biggest brief test yet 
If only he could bring himself to stuff them in.
Jason Williams by Kevin D Hoover

But sometimes it's just nice to feel the closeness of all those other men
and enjoy the nice snug fit.

With thanks and apologies to Kevin D Hoover and all his models for the images
I'm sure he treats them (and his underwear) well.

For more fantasies of men having to share working clothes,
click on the 'sharing' label below.