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Mitchell's drawings depict 'Men Being Put in Their Place' and explore fetishes such as male bondage, domination and spanking.
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Thanks for visiting Mitchell's blog (Feb 18th 2018)
Sergey is a one hit wonder - at least I'm not aware of
any other work by him although the quality of this set suggests there
ought to be others (any info on this from my readers?). I have included him
because, for me, this little set is a significant fetish work of a
fairly extreme type and it's a surprisingly rare example of the
'Cowboy captured by Indians' scenario.
The whole series consists of
10 pictures and I have included a selection below with links to the remainder at the appropriate point in the article.
The opening scene shows the dramatic capture of the
Cowboy who appears to be wearing revealing skin tight trousers. His rearing horse is nicely drawn although it seems
a bit odd for an Indian to use a lassoo. The style conveys a real
flavour of Western Comic Strip action, despite a slightly disjointed
The young cowboy is roughly tied up and simultaneously
stripped of his pants. The subjugation of the struggling victim
always has an erotic kick for me andI must say, I like
background desert landscape
Visually it's a bit confusing and
there's some improbable body contortions here. Foot fetishists
can just make out the left-hand Indian's boot planted firmly on the
Cowboy's shoulder blades, contributing to his anguished expression.
Another is using his foot to grind the exposed ass, while clearly
contemplating other possibilities. This boot action and the faces in some
of the pictures are reminiscent of Etienne's early work
There appears to be an enhanced contrast applied to these pictures (presumably to clarify the image, post scanning).
The result is not subtle but it certainly brings out Sergey's
sophisticated technique for highlighting musculature.
Another fine action image, enhanced by the wildly expressive depiction of the horse, which seems to share the Cowboy's yearning to escape. The compact, V-shaped composition subtly underlines this shared predicament. In between the arms of the 'V' sits the almost demonic, brutal captor/master, who is depicted with immense strength and power (note the foot again). The bodies all shimmer with gleaming sweat,
although I suspect the originals may have been more delicately
shaded. This effect certainly brings out the brutal tugging
of the rope (in case you didn't notice).
Back at camp the cowboy is restrained between posts for
torture with cactus needles (including a graphic piercing scene) and
is then used for target practice by the bowmen.
St Sebastian in a stetson!
As you can see, the scan quality of this sequence is rather poor. The restraining
posts with their zig-zag decoration are inspired by Tom of Finland's 'Jack in the
Jungle' (below). Inevitably, the static restraint method drains the drama
somewhat and to be fair, Tom's version is no more successful.
Tom of Finland - Post scene from Jack in the Jungle II
It's interesting how themes sometimes recur within
individual letters of my A-Z and this series culminates in another fiery scene to set alongside those of Sean and Saj previously
reviewed. Sergey's flames are suggested rather than accurately depicted. In traditional comic book fashion he exaggerates his 'hero in danger' moment by creating an amazing inferno from what was the modest pile of wood in the previous
picture. No doubt relief is at hand.
Sergey's pictures are littered with wayward perspectives
and imprecise anatomy but he's clearly an artist of some
accomplishment and his imagery generates plenty of excitement. It's a
shame that no other work by him seems to be available to us.
(Article updated Nov 2015)
For other images of this type visit Pax's 'At The Stake' group
For previous articles in this series click on the A-Z label below