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We’ve long been admirers of the work of Henrik Sommer, and clearly we’re not the only ones.

Babaji is an illustrator from France who devotes a lot of his spare time to drawing his favourite porn star. The results speak for themselves.

Henrik Sommer by Babaji
Henrik Sommer by Babaji

I caught up with Babaji to talk about our shared love of Henrik.

What led you to start drawing Henrik?

I didn’t draw for a long time, and i wanted to try again by making more erotic or explicit drawings.

I was looking on the net for a model to draw, and I noticed a picture of Henrik first. I learned that he was a porn actor, and I watched his movies. I thought it would be easier to draw a porn actor, and Henrik seemed very open.

With Henrik, I can mix soft and hard porn drawings.

Henrik Sommer by Babaji
Henrik Sommer by Babaji

What is it about Henrik that appeals to you?

Essentially his bodywork. He’s powerful, but he’s not a monster with disproportionate muscles. His square face and his black glasses give him a particular look. His body is shaved like classical statues – I really like that. He’s a perfect balance between power and softness.

Henrik Sommer by Babaji
Henrik Sommer by Babaji

I saw a post from Henrik that he’s coming to visit you in December?

So far, we’ve communicated through social media, but we haven’t met. He’s coming to Paris in December and he asked me if we could meet. It will be interesting to discover his personality.

Henrik Sommer by Babaji
Henrik Sommer by Babaji

If you could choose anything, how would you like to draw Henrik?

Henrik in a doggy style position, with a good partner, dressed as a gladiator – like the TV show Spartacus. His face will be expressing pleasure and pain. It will be a perfect drawing.

Henrik Sommer by Babaji
Henrik Sommer by Babaji

Any plans to hold an exhibition of your drawings of Henrik?

No – nobody knows me. I don’t have any reputation, and there are a lot of artists more talented than I am. I draw just for fun

Henrik Sommer by Babaji
Henrik Sommer by Babaji

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“Scott” (2017). Graphite on paper. Sketched from a photograph by Mack Sturgis. By Nik

I love art, and everywhere I look, there is loads of talent. One day I came across Nik and his amazing drawings of hot sexy men. I was blown away by the level of detail and talent Nik puts into each drawing he does. I reached out to Nik for an interview and was honored that he accepted.

“Scott” (2017). Graphite on paper. Sketched from a photograph by Mack Sturgis. By Nik

Nik, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m an early thirties guy from a small town in New Mexico. I grew up in a really conservative Christian family and because of this, I was pretty sheltered from things that our church found transgressive like homosexuality. I find it a little ironic that despite this upbringing, I’ve grown up to become a gay, atheist, artist that draws dicks and hairy bums as a hobby. I went to college to study biology and have worked in laboratories in both academia and industry. I now live in the Midwest with my handsome fiancé where I am finishing up the last year of my doctorate in Genetics.

“James” (2016). Graphite on paper. Sketched from a photograph by Jeremy Lucido. By Nik

When did you start drawing and when did you start drawing men?

I’ve been drawing and making art for as long as I can remember. My grandmother is an artist and I spent a lot of my childhood watching her paint and sculpt. She often involved me in her process and would have me knead her clay for the storyteller dolls she made. I’ve always been really close with her and I think that art is a major part of our connection. I was a very quiet and reserved kid, so I spent a lot of my time drawing and reading. My childhood sketches were mostly of dinosaurs and animals — a lot more innocent than what I work on now. The story behind how I started drawing men is a bit unusual. To make a very long story short, in 2012 I had a near-death experience and I am only alive today because a friend of mine was there to save my life. I couldn’t think of a gift grand enough to thank him so instead, I drew a hairy bubble butt on the front of a card and wrote on the inside “thanks for saving my ass”. That hairy booty was the first of what has now become many.

“Luis” (2016). Graphite on paper. Sketched from a photograph by Afif Kattan. By Nik

Is it easy to find men to draw? Where do you usually find your subjects?

I primarily use Instagram to find the men that I draw and using that platform, it has been really easy to find muses. I’ve met some wonderful guys on there that have gone on to become the inspiration for my work. People are surprisingly very open to baring it all for a sketch. I live in the middle of nowhere, so I often have to work from reference photos. It’s been really fun to work together with the guys to come up with poses for my sketches. There are also a ton of incredibly talented photographers I’ve met that are kind enough to allow me to work from their photos. I really enjoy the process of taking their images and reinterpreting them in my style. Lately, I’ve been trying to work on doing more art trades with other artists where we each will work on a portrait of the other. It’s been a lot of fun to have the tables turned and get to become the art.

“Jedi” (2017). Graphite on paper by Nik

What motivates you?

My motivation to draw men comes from a love of the male form and an appreciation of how beautiful I find body hair. Drawing has also become a major source of stress relief for me, so I’m often motivated to draw to give myself an emotional release. I find the process of drawing body hair to be incredibly relaxing and being creative allows me to use another part of my brain that I don’t get to use in my day job. I’m also motivated by other artists. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of the queer art community on Instagram and every day I learn something new from these talented artists. Aside from a few classes I took in high school and college, I’m mostly self-taught so these other artists have become my teachers. They motivate me to try new things, take risks, and keep improving.

What is next on the horizon for Nik?

I hope to turn this hobby into a side business. This year I’m hoping to begin selling prints of my pieces and hopefully have my first art show. I also have some ideas for some pins based on some of my sketches which I’m hoping I can make and begin selling. I also want to start working with more color and incorporating other mediums into my work.

Nik, thank you for taking the time to share your life with me. If you want to keep up with Nik you can find him on Instagram as en.santi and his website ensanti.com.

Nik is has been a pleasure.

“Hole is where the art is” (2018). Graphite on paper by Nik
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