Sunday, October 23, 2022

Favorite Pic of the Day for October 24th

The Narcissus Stare by GWA Art Design
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Seasonal Sightings:

With only a week until HALLOWEEN, time to pull out the All Hallow's Eve themed pajamas! 

Jan Deuzeman: Killer Instincts

'Your death will be a tale to frighten children, to make lovers cling closer in their rapture. Come with me, and be immortal.'

Every horror film lover knows the key is a great killer.  More than just a masked murderer, the killer must be creatively constructed, unique and with a compelling backstory. Candyman, Michael Myers, and Jason Voorhees were not interesting simply  because of their violent acts, they were compelling because of what made them the way they were.

Even behind the make-up and blood, the best movie maniacs have uniquely drawn personalities that come through.  This Halloween, photographer Jan Deuzeman and model Dutch Bart go deep inside the mind of murderer capturing both the look, and the motivating mind menace behind the dead eyes of a cold blooded killer.  

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Horror Hunks: Christopher Stone in The Howling

'What she has witnessed, she cannot escape. What he has become, he cannot control. And what you experience, no one will believe until they come face to face with the inhuman fear that is the howling.'

I had never seen any of the versions of The Howling, but added the 1981 version of the story to my DVR when I saw it scheduled for airing on TCM earlier this month.  I wasn't really expecting much, but I really got into the Joe Dante directed horror flick.  I was especially taken with the cast including; Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee and Christopher Stone.

In the film, newswoman Karen White (Wallace) is sent to a remote mountain resort after a bizarre and near deadly encounter with a serial killer.  The residents of the resort however, are not exactly who they seem to be on the surface. Macnee plays Dr. George Waggner, who runs the resort and Stone plays Bill, Karen's husband who joins her on her journey.

I didn't really know much about actor Christopher Stone before watching this film. I read he and co-star Dee Wallace worked in several films together and married in 1980, the year before The Howling was filmed.  I have a vague memory of maybe seeing him in a few television shows in the 80's and 90's.  There was something really attractive about him The Howling, a rugged and raw sexuality, perfect of the man who ends up as a werewolf.  

There is a brief nude scene with Stone in transition from man to wolf, but the flames from the nearby fire frustratingly cover most of Stone during the scene. This of course had me wondering if Stone had any other projects on his nudity resume.  I think I may have said this before, but Stone's nudity resume, although sparse, was one of the most oddly interesting ones that I've researched. 

I ended up going down a rabbit hole of couple of strange and odd movies, one in particular, from the early 1970's,  The particularly odd movie that I referenced was so strange, I wondered if I even wanted to feature it on the site.  Of course, I ended up doing so, I had to, there wasn't really any choice.  Check out exactly what I mean on the NEXT PAGE HERE: & HERE:

GWA Art & Design: Movie Maker

'I don't dream at night, I dream at day, I dream all day; I'm dreaming for living.'
Steven Spielberg 

I don't think it will come to a surprise to most FH that I love movies.  As much as the site's focus is the male form, movies, television and theatre have been woven through the site since it began.  As passionate as I am about film, I think I've always been equally passionate about movie posters.  When I was kid in the 80's and 90's, when newspapers still ruled, I would cut movie ads from the paper and carefully glue in very meticulously categorized scrapbooks. 

One scrapbook was for movies that I'd seen, the others, were for movies I only knew through the artwork and promotional posters.  I especially loved posters with images of the main cast and characters weaved together into a collage.  When I grew older, I purchased many of my favorites to hang on my bedroom walls.  I still have a few of those old posters, framed and hung in the spare room in my home.

My love of movies, and especially my love of art, has led to my including artwork, especially original works, into many of my pieces focused on film.  Roy from badsign769 has created many original pieces for many of my themed and holiday posts.  Early this summer, while working on a piece on the characters of Sean and Mike Brody from Jaws, (HERE:) and was on the hunt for an artwork to help introduce the piece.

I'm sure many of us have 'curious' Goggle searches, but sometimes I can't even believe some of the crazy searches I've done for the blog.  For this piece, it was 'gay shark attack' that I was searching for, and I'm not exactly sure what I thought I'd find, but I was certainly rewarded.  I came upon a poster for parody film entailed Gay Shark Attack by Australian based digital artist Wade from GWA Art & Design.  

The image was on the artist's DevianArt page, and I immediately dove into his eye-catching colorful portfolio entering Wade's world of magic ,fantasy  mystery, and horror. I didn't hurt of course, that many of the art pieces, including the Gay Shark Attack poster, had a focus on the male form. I quickly found a link to his site and sent Wade a message about using the image on FH.

While engrossed in Wade's work, I was especially drawn to his movie parody art posters.  I loved the creative concepts and especially the detail Wade included in each piece.  From the taglines like 'All he wants is a little nibble' from the shark poster to the listed names of the directors and cast members.  I asked Wade about featuring more of his film inspired artwork and thought they'd make a great way to celebrate my Horror movie themed Halloween posts this year.

Do you remember the drawing or art piece was that first had you realizing your talent?

I’ve drawn for as long as I can remember and I’ve always felt compelled to create. I don’t know if I ever realised that I had any talent, I still wonder if I do. But what I do know is that if I’m not creating something, in some form, I feel like I’m wasting my time on this Earth. 

Most artists had a 'theme' as a kid they drew over and over, did you have a specific subject? 

Not a specific thing however I’m always returning to drawing in a cartoon style and that’s something I definitely did as a kid. I look back at some of my drawings when I was 10 or so and It amazes me how creative I was. Of course I had a lot to learn about technique but I feel I was probably a more creative thinker as a child because I wasn't inhibited by what people thought or questioning if my work was good enough

Do you remember what led to your first erotic drawing of the male form? 

I don’t specifically remember however I do remember getting to a point where I felt free to draw men in an erotic, sexual way. Recently, I’ve gone even further, drawing a lot more full frontal nudity and even erections. Early on I was too scared of what people would think if I drew too many dicks - now I don’t really care - although I do often make a censored version of my works so that I can use them more broadly. Hypocritical, yes, just a little. 

Was your drawing of men initially something private, or was it something you shared right away? 

Yes, I would say it was private. Even now I feel funny about my partner seeing me draw naked, ripped guys with huge dicks. -Do you tend to be more inspired by a particular man, or do you find a model to fit the theme you're interested in? I like drawing muscular men, but not to the bodybuilder degree. I like the shapes of a muscular body, you start to understand how the body works. I’m often most inspired by poses and positions. I like unusual poses that show the lines of the body in interesting ways. I’m often looking a photos of male dancers - Its incredible what they can do with their body’s. 

I especially love your blend of horror and erotica,, do you where that began for you? 

I’ve always loved horror movies and most horror movies have some element of sex, generally people being punished for being horny! And when I was younger there were next to no queer characters in horror films. There’s more now of course but I think there could be even more still. My queer horror posters and queer movie posters in general are really about humour, they are meant to be funny, sometimes darkly so and part of me wishes they were a real movie. 

What was the strangest idea ever thrown your way or that you were commissioned to create? 

Most of my works are pretty strange so its hard to get much stranger. I did do a commission very recently that I found challenging - depicting a female Disney villain as a male erotic sports star! That was tough and my first go at it was complete crap. The commission was by and Patrick who runs it gave me some really great, constructive feedback and put me on the right path. He’s launching the collection of these works this month. 

I especially love your movie poster work, artistic, erotic and humorous. Are there any specific movies that have inspired this theme? 

Most directly I would say the Friday The 13th series but also any trashy 80s horror. Many of them were so camp (literally!) but also, even the lowest budget horror movies in the 80s had fantastic, hand drawn / painted poster art. It's been said before by many other people that modern movie posters suck - they’re terrible - but posters pre 1990 are wonderful, shameless sometimes but also pieces of art unto themselves. 

Are there specific features (hair, face, body part) you especially enjoy drawing, are there any that lead to more struggle? 

I like drawing chests and legs. Realistic faces and hands are a struggle. Often I obscure the face so I don’t have to draw it or only draw part of it and with hands I often take a photo of my own hand in the position I need and then trace it. Hands are super frustrating and so easily look deformed and distracting. I want people to be looking at the whole image and not be thrown off by one element that looks wrong. 

Is it difficult to hit the right note, 'R' rated visuals with in some cases almost a 'g' rated child like wonderment? 

I have worried about people taking great offence to adult concepts being depicted in a somewhat childlike way. Mostly I just go on the journey with the work and see how it comes out, the work usually finds its own groove. I think its the humour that saves the work from being too controversial - the comedy is pretty obvious to most people. 

I notice you've blended animals and insects in some of your pieces. There is vulnerablity about a half-naked body and a large animal or insect that can be fascinating, is this a part of why you enjoy this theme? 

I really love drawing animals and find them a lot easier to draw than people. I can often draw animals freehand by looking at a few reference images. And as I said earlier I like drawing male forms so its really a case of drawing what I like mixed together. I do want my works to be weird, so merging animal and human together seem to manifest a level of weirdness straight away. And there are thematic elements as well but I’d rather people write their own story to my work - its usually fascinating to hear what people think my works mean or what they think the work is trying to say. 

Do you have a favorite piece you've created, one that you feel represents your work best? 

A lot of artists say this but my favourite piece is usually the piece I’m working on at the moment. A work that I think says a lot about me is one called ‘You Made Baby Jesus Very Angry’. Its poster like and very cartoony but there’s the beginning of a story in there too - that everyone is completely terrified of Baby Jesus because he has these god-like powers by he’s a petulant child. And there’s little hints at subplots. I like it because it feels to me like there is a whole world behind this image. There’s nothing particularly queer in it (though in my mind the Donkey and the Sheep are in a secret relationship) but it does poke fun at religion which is another recurring theme in many of my works.