The male erotic art and drawings of Mitchell and his thoughts about the artists and images that inspire him.
Mitchell's drawings depict 'Men Being Put in Their Place' and explore fetishes such as male bondage, domination and spanking.
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It's my custom to pick a personal favourite artist for
each letter based on fetish content, sensuality (or eroticism if you
like) and technical skill. I automatically eliminate those artists
whose contributions to fetish art are small in number, which rules
out the likes of otherwise prolific artists like Steven and Sven.
For the letter 'S' I have more contenders than usual but
no obvious winner. I suppose Sean is the pinnacle of fetish
creativity in this group, but I would not discount SAJ, Skipper or
Stud nor Sherwin's exploration of the crucifixion niche. Sergey's
fiery cowboy epic is equally worthy but I must reluctantly discount
him simply because I know of no other work by him.
I enjoy Spryte's work, and envy his humour, but
cartoonists usually struggle to make the cut in my survey because I
prefer an element of seriousness to be present, which is why out of
my Spryte selection I like best his jungle plant picture 'Juice'.
When it comes to sensuality, Sepp, Silencio, Swarbrick,
Sp-i-nt (and Sergey again) put in strong bids. Sabian's naïve work
also has an inexplicably effective eroticism.
The technical leaders must be Sepp, Sherer, Silencio and
Ira Smith. My choice is made more difficult this time by the presence
of artists whose work goes beyond the simple depiction of erotic
events and therefore seems 'important', notably Swarbrick.
My gut instinct is to narrow the choice down to Sean,
Swarbrick and Silencio, with Sherwin and Stud close behind. Of the
top 3, Silencio is my undoubted visual favourite, strong on
masculinity but perhaps too light in fetish identity. Swarbrick's
images are amazingly evocative and alluring, but again the fetish
ingredient is incidental and they flirt with immaturity more than I
Sean on the other hand created some amazing imagery in
his 'Bound and Gagged' period and this kidnap scene is quite a good
example. It is not technically flawless, although Sean is not the first artist to be caught out by the perspectives of the hog-tie position (there's a similar image in Etienne's 'Sailor Beware' series). Anyway I love the underwear bulge. It's
powerful art for it's time and I don't think the other artists in
this letter are strong enough to displace him from the top spot.
So my choice for the letter 'S' is Sean. I've chosen
this final example by him of two buddies being introduced to the whip
in a scene full of anxiety and energy.
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A-Z label below