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Monday, June 18, 2007
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Roger

Category: illustration.
Author(s): Roger Payne.
Year of publication: 2007.


Here's the second illustration book recently published by French publisher H&O. Roger Payne is an artist well-known by amateurs of gay erotic art. He's worked for various publications, and this superb 220-page hardcover collects a variety of his lead pencil work, which is at the same time strikingly realistic and disarmingly hot.
Contrary to what was done for the Jiraiya book, there are no comments for the pictures, and the only text is a short introduction, also in French and in English. The collection is simply a smorgasbord of erotic art, ranging from semi-naked solo men sporting wood to totally explicit duos and trios. What sets Roger's art apart from other erotic artists' is the type of men he draws, not muscle boys or men, but attractive (well, for me...) men of various ages, well-built and often hairy, but not bearish. The setting are most of the time everyday places and situations, and Roger's highly detailed art always seems alive and full of energy. The black and white (and grey), grainy texture of the art gives it for me a timeless quality, a bit like those pre-70's photos of a more innocent time. Although "innocent" isn't exactly the right word to describe the scenes drawn by Roger Payne.
This book can be bought on the H&O website. If you can't understand the instructions, I'm sure they'll answer you if you write them in English (click on "nous contacter"). And to make feel like buying the book, here's a gallery where Payne's original art is sold.
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ADD: There's a book in English which also collects Roger Payne's art, and you can find it on the HandJobs site.


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Sunday, June 17, 2007
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The Art of Jiraiya

Category: illustration.
Author(s): Jiraiya.
Year of publication: 2007.


I usually don't mention the gay comics published by French publisher H&O, since they're in French and are usually translated in English by Class Comics, but recently, H&O has published two illustrations books which have texts in both English and French, and thus might be of interest to most of my readers, especially since they have no equivalent in US publishing. So, here's The Art of Jiraiya, a 48-page softcover with very good production values, showcasing the bear/muscle art of a Japanese artist who's worked for G-Men (here's a gallery of his art).
Jiraiya draws manly men in manly occupations: soldiers, lots of sportsmen, especially in typically Japanese sports, with a body full of round, comfortable muscles. Only a few pages of this collection are explicit, and are drawn in a more cartoony style. The majority (mostly covers for G-Men) show men in various states of undress, looking happy and often staring at the reader, with a friendly expression on their face. They might look very fit and strong, but they don't look dangerous. Which I find more erotic than the faux thugs we sometimes see in gay art. The nice thing for English-speaking readers is that all the comments (a few lines for each of the illustrations) are in French and in English.
This book can be bought on the H&O website. If you can't understand the instructions, I'm sure they'll answer you if you write them in English (click on "nous contacter").


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