Look who's going Hollywood! The Tom of Finland Foundation has announced that the renowned gay artist has been set for a film biography. Tom of Finland (whose real name was Touko Laaksonen) created influential and gorgeous artwork for most of his 71 years. He also had a major impact on gay global culture with his arty images of hypermasculine men, which have been shown in museums and galleries around the world. They were also featured in this book. Now Finnish production company Helsinki-filmi has bought the rights to his life for a feature film. (Before he died in 1991, Tom actually participated in two documentaries about himself, Boots, Biceps and Bulges: The Life & Works of Tom of Finland in 1988 and Daddy and the Muscle Academy in 1991.)
"Every project we've seen from this esteemed company has consistently impressed us with its creativity," says Durk Dehner, president and cofounder of the Tom of Finland Foundation. "The production team has a full grasp of the layers of the subject matter they take on. Now, with [the] Helsinki-filmi collaboration, Tom's messages of equality and freedom will be shared with even wider audiences."
Casting for the project will start early next year (we're thinking George Clooney in a mustache) and shooting will commence in December 2014 in Finland, Germany and the United States. Aleksi Bardy is set to produce, and Dome Karukoski is attached as director. For more information about Tom of Finland, visit TomofFinlandFoundation.org.
He's long gone, but not forgotten. And artist Tom of Finland (aka Touko Laaksonen) continues to amaze with his classic work. We recently wrote about this exhibit of his original paintings at the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach. Now, there's a new book that traces Tom's early life in Finland through his career in advertising to when he started producing the epic work that still influences the gay world.
Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero is an anthology from author F. Valentine Hooven III and German publisher Bruno Gmünder that features numerous drawings and rare photographs. The book will be launched this weekend at the Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend, which will be held at the historic Plummer Park's Fiesta Hall (7377 Santa Monica Boulevard) in West Hollywood. The Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) presents the event each year, and this 17th edition from September 29-30 will feature about 50 booths displaying various erotic works, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, mixed media and digital work. The fair also features live models posing for artists and photographers.
"This is the coming together of artists from around the world to share with each other and to present their latest creations of art to the public", president and cofounder of ToFF Durk Dehner says. ''It is one of the most positive, life-affirming experiences in which one can partake, from both the artist's and public's point of view." For more info on the art fair, click here. And for more on the book, go to brunogmuender.com.
This is artist Rob Bartel's tribute to Brett Mycles, who was one of the hottest and most beautiful muscle men to appear on the scene ever, and was one of my personal favorites. Brett was not only a successful fitness model but he was also a featured model for International Male. He also appeared in gay porn mags and videos and worked as a personal trainer. Rob has captured him perfectly, showing not only Brett's good looks but his tremendous sexual impact. You can read more about this piece and Rob's other art at The Art of Rob Bartell or buy a copy of his fine art prints here on Ebay.
The Tom Of Finland Foundation is an organization with a mission - to educate the public about the cultural merits of erotic art. Of course, the site features the works of many different artists including Tom of Finland himself, and with each artist comes a different style, medium and - to some degree - subject matter. Whether you admire rough and ready gay leather studs getting a bit kinky and bent, or just appreciate the beauty and symmetry of the "perfect" male, it's all here. The site is set up in a simple format which allows you to preview several galleries from the top main menu. Along with galleries for art lovers, the site lists art-quality works for sale, lists shows and museums where the art is displayed and also fellow artists will find some resources for getting their work seen and even purchased. The Tom of Finland Foundation is the perfect place to go for top quality artwork from professional talent who share their unique and erotic visions of the male body.
Wow! There sure are some talented people on this planet. Yet another astounding artist colony awaits us with open arms, legs, and whatever else you can think of. He He. Many artists' works are portrayed here, thus giving us a most enjoyable look at many different types of talent. In the main header, you can choose between "Painters", "Photographs", "3D Art", and "Comics". Each section opens up a slide show of feature art. There's a rather annoying mouse over link to the immediate left of each image where you can choose an artist, and their pieces will show up in the frame. It's hard to actually see which artist you are choosing because the menu flaps all over the place. But if you're not concerned about this, the gorgeous men and erotic creations should suffice. The work is wonderful of course. Some artists have their own blogs which you can get to by clicking some thumbnail images of their work at the bottom of each page. While a nice looking site by all means, navigation is a bit wonky, and at times even annoying. However, if you're just going over for a quick look, what you see should certainly impress you.
Well I'll be damned! As most of us are aware, graphic artistry has really taken a massive step forward when it comes to reality type of portrayals. Just look at some of the most recent blockbusters with animated characters in them. It's quite astounding. I'm not sure whether or not Rob Bartell - the blogmaster and artist here is painting, drawing, or using digital graphics to create his incredibly muscular and gorgeous men here, but the fact is they are so realistic looking, I actually had to look closer to see that they were animations. He obviously loves musclemen. Especially really studly looking ones with pronounced lips and perfect hair. LOL. On his blog here we can get some great previews of his work along with links to purchase his magazines and limited prints. If you can appreciate very good art where the subjects are pretty well what most of us dream about when it comes to men, then Rob Bartell may just have something for you. But hey, even if you're just a browser and want to look at the samples, what this man does will simply blow your mind. Fantastic artist he is!
Oh boy, here we go. You know I always run across a great site when I get a raging hardon as soon as I get past the warning page. LOL. For your information, the warning page is done in flash format, but for those with a fast connection, it loads pretty quickly and creates quite the interesting character to click on and enter the main area of the site. Neil Bruce is your artist and webmaster here. What the man does with leather and certified bear profiles in a graphic art context is incredible. Bald heads, chubby to large bodies, astoundingly furry muscular physiques, and leather chaps are a mainstay at Bearoticart. There are two galleries available to us, featuring 32 illustrations in both. Whether you like men who are large everywhere and hairy, or heavily muscled, they're all here. Cigar chomping, leather booted blokes who look just about as manly and real as possible are portrayed in one of the most unique artforms I've ever seen. I really can't explain why my own mind finds this type of illustration such a turnon, but I really try not to analyze it very much. It is what it is, and Bruce's work is nothing short of sensational. Also available are "Links" to more very talented folks trying their hands in a similar theme. Bearoticart is a simply laid out, yet wonderfully designed site showing off the most lustful of bear art. Highly recommended!
Here at Gaydemon we are always on the hunt for great artists and their unique styles of expression. Ismael Alvarez, in my strong opinion, is a sensational graphic artist to say the least. If you don't speak spanish, be sure to click on the "English Version" to your right if that is the language you are most familiar with. Ismael brings us his incredible digital expression all for free. While he does do graphic design for a living, as you can see from the logos he has designed on display in the right sidebar, he gives us a large view into his work so that those not interested in buying anything can still enjoy his talents. However, if you do wish to use his work in a commercial or personal context on your own sites, according to the copyright information at the bottom of the site, you have permission to use it. Of course, you must be sure to name Ismael as the artist of the said illustration. Ismael does do custom orders as well. Click on "Contact" if you wish to hire him. Whether it's hot devil studs with bulging baskets in their trousers, or beautiful female facial profiles showing off gorgeous smiles and eyes, Ismael can cover it and take it to the top level of expertise. Some of the best digital art I've seen in a long time for sure. Nice looking site too!
When it comes to the artistry of sexually explicit cartoons or comic strips, there seem to be two basic perspectives: 1. Toons are hot! 2. To be turned on by animated characters is silly and pathetic. As with most issues of opinion, neither perspective is right or wrong; it's simply a matter of taste and how openly creative a mind is to varying styles of erotica. From my perspective, toons can indeed be incredibly sexy, and some of those hand drawn gay boys are goddamn hot to trot!
Tom of Finland is probably the most well-known homoerotic artist. His beautiful and stylized drawings of very muscular men in leather, uniforms and various fetishwear and situations are recognized all over the world. His characters are as famous for their huge bulging cocks as for their masculine look.
Tom of Finland was born Touko Laaksonen in May of 1920. He really was from Finland, and grew up when Finland was still full of loggers and farmers. In fact, the area he spent his childhood in was basically still the country, which would have made Tom a country boy except for his parents.