Sherwin Of Prague

Sherwin isn’t a professional artists. He simply enjoys his work. So do I.

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I like Sherwin’s drawings because he focuses on healthy, everyday men. His models are usually guys he knows and his friends. He gives us thoughtful images of men with that render the simple and complex nuances of the male body.

Sherwin O Prague

Sherwin was born in 1973 in Prague, where, after spending few years in south Bohemia, studied architecture at Czech Technical University in Prague. After graduating is when he discovered his love for figurative drawing.

He specializes in the male figure, finding the male physique very inspirational. Another reason he focuses on the male form is because he feels the female figure is explored and presented by many, many other artists.

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Chinese Artist Mu Boyan

Mu Boyan was born in 1976 in Jinan, Shandong Province of China. Mu graduated from the Sculpture Department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts with master’s degree in 2005. In 2003, Mu Boyan displayed his series work, “Bath Center” in the public bath house of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. It is said, that group of sculpture was accepted to make for a bath center a job for living. After that, Mu Boyan has concentrated continuously on portraying the images of a fat person.

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A Work of Art

Jean Delville was born in Louvain in 1867 and died in 1953. Delville considered art to play a key role in uplifting people from their blindness. He saw true artists as initiates who would present images which would teach and transform human nature. It is believed that Delville saw artists as priests and prophets.
The School of Plato, 1898

A beautiful work of art, no one could deny that. But is it also a statement?

Most of us have certain religious or spiritual beliefs. What many do not consider is that some of those beliefs are rooted in perspectives that were conceived in the minds of autocrats many centuries ago. We don’t think about what has been left out of the Bible, or what may have been altered to fit the dogma of those autocrats. That dogma included the notion that the human body, and intimate male interaction, was shameful.

Perhaps it’s time to contemplate a new perspective. Did Jesus see things differently from what we’ve been led to believe? I, for one, like to think so. The human body, in this case the male, is nothing short of miraculous creation. Is it possible Jesus saw it the same way, that He believed the body should be enjoyed and celebrated?

Here are closer views of the detail in Delville’s painting:

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Male Sensuality in Pictures … Young and Old

male sensualityTwo men, one 27, the other 64. They don’t know each other, but they are at one in their souls. They view the world much the same way. They understand male sensuality. As they make their way down new roads, they wonder why men have to keep secrets. They wonder why things are the way they are. There is a sensitivity about them you may appreciate. To some degree that sensitivity has been expressed in their pictures.male sensualityTwo men, getting out their cameras, posing and waiting for the timer to snap the shot, then having a little fun with Photoshop. Are they men like you, or men you would like to meet? Are they exhibitionists or simply having fun with their bodies?

male sensualityThe younger man, posing seductively, revealing the perfections and marvels of youth, anxious, ambitious, full of vitality and ready for the adventures destiny will send his way.

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male sensualityThe older man has traveled many paths, some joyous, others unpredictable. He has weathered the storm. Now he has mellowed and he sometimes thinks about what it would be like to be young again with the mind he has now. He suffers few regrets, but there are many things he would do differently … wouldn’t it be fun to experience them in a young man’s body with an older man’s brain?

The younger man faces challenges he hasn’t dreamed of yet. He feels a desperation that’s like a physical presence in his body. He yearns for a friend of like mind, a friend that understands, a friend with whom he can share his secrets and his body. Finding this friend is but one of his many challenges … such friends are rare and hard to find.

The old man wonders how he has lived so many years without ending up with such a friend. There have been many acquaintances but never the magic. He thinks about other men out there his age, men with careers that are coming to an end, men that have scattered families. How many are like him, older men with the same undying dreams, with the same thoughts and the same feelings in their hands. Maybe some things simply weren’t in the cards for him.

The younger man falls back on his bed in a fog of desperation. His body aches with Continue reading

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Digital Male Nudes … The Astounding Work of Jim Ferringer

Jim Ferringer’s Digital Male Nudes

digital male nudesThere are works by certain artists you never tire of, images created by canvas and brush, by stone or clay, or by ink and paper … Jim Ferringer uses pixels to create digital male nudes. Take a really good photograph, or even one of his own, let him work his magic and you end up with a photographic masterpiece. Top that off with the fact he uses images of the male form and you have fantasies like you’ve never experienced before. Not perfect men, bursting with muscle and bodies most of us couldn’t hope to attain, but everyday average men like you and me. Jim doesn’t simply present them in photographic images, he immortalizes them.

digital male nudesCall him a master, a pioneer, a great artist … I call him a man that sits atop his profession. In my relentless search on the World Wide Web, I’ve never discovered anything that equals the digital male nudes that Jim creates, unless you care to go as far back as Michelangelo.

digital male nudesTo learn more about Jim Ferringer and see much more of his work, or to buy a print, visit his website

DREAMS AND OTHER MYSTERIES

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Original photo by Jan Griffioen

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From The Creative Mind of Michael Bilotta

For some photographers it is more than the right light and a good camera … it’s emotion, thoughtful planning, an eye for the beauty of the human form, it’s composition and the artistic trials and errors of editing that follows the shoot. Such a photographer is Michael Bilotta. The world of art and art lovers can enjoy the results of his work because he has chosen to make his contribution.

Read more about Michael’s thoughts on his blog.

Michael doesn’t photograph only nude men, his interests are many. But through his work in this area it is impossible to deny the beauty of the male form, the grace and the natural elegance, the compelling lines and sensual components and textures that comprise the human male.

Michael is a native of Maine. He is currently living and working in Worcester. After studying music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he spent 10 years playing in local clubs as a singer songwriter, writing and releasing two CDs. In 2001, with the advent of digital photography, he picked up a boyhood interest that was not possible to pursue in the days prior to digital: photography and design. Since 2001, he has been honing his visual craft and has settled into a role as a conceptual/surrealist artist in the photographic arts.

See more of Michael’s work or buy a print at his website.

Michael is passionate about his work, techniques and ideas. What follows are his own words.

Nude Male Photography

“I started using models about a year ago. I was using myself for practice and it just became too difficult to be behind the camera and in front of it. I really wanted to shoot the naked body for a lot of reasons, the main one being the challenge, and the art of it. I also gravitate towards a timelessness in my work, and the thing that kills timelessness more than anything else is clothing. It instantly tells you culture, time period, fashion trend, etc. We are all naked, underneath all that, and that is truly a universal. For all those reasons and more, I wanted to shoot nudes. Plus, it certainly cuts down on the wardrobe budget!”

“As I started exploring the world of nude photography, I saw some conventions and trends I was not too fond of, and after a few months of exploring I would almost roll my eyes at some of it. The Flandrin Pose, for example, the one where the model is sitting on the ground, knees up to head, arms wrapped around lower legs, head usually tucked into knees, and yes, it’s a beautiful pose, but it also seems one that indicates shyness and shame of the male genitalia. That was the pattern I was seeing: shadows or hands over crotch to conceal, and very little full frontal nudity. I am speaking mainly of the Fine Art Nude Photography world. There are plenty of novice or semi pro or even pro photographers that don’t do this, but this concealment seems to be the norm.”

“When choosing my first model, I went the route of soliciting on craigslist, and I realized there we motivations behind those responding that were less than artistic, less than honest. I decided I needed a “real” model. After perusing ModelMayhem.com, I decided on Ed Barron (next picture), who is a professional art model, which seemed to make sense – he did this for a living, so obviously he was going to be comfortable posing naked. Ed brought to our first session not only utter ease at being nude, but an arsenal of poses to give me when my ideas ran out – this was, after all, my first shoot with a model, my first shoot with a nude model, and I had just gotten off a plane the night before and was tired! I just wanted to get my feet wet and didn’t get into anything involved with him, I just wanted to get it over with.” “After he left, I started editing, and I really liked what was done. I posted them where I could, mainly flickr.com, and there was a lot of response. Good response. After a couple months, I decided to do more with Ed, and this time had a bit of a concept to explore: mortality, aging, fear of dying. Ed was a trooper on this shoot, allowing me to pour flour and cornmeal all over him, the man was practically breaded! This shoot required more of an actor than a model, and Ed came through wonderfully. He is better than he probably realizes. This shoot really upped my exposure, and gave me some of my first “hits” online, hits being very relative.” “After this, I decided to broaden my portfolio, Ed was most of it at this point. I did back to Continue reading

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