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Studopolis and his mischievous men

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I caught up with erotic artist Sean Stannard – who creates under the name of Studopolis – to admire his hyper-masculine men.

When did you discover and start to explore your passion for drawing?

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. As a child, I would spend every Saturday afternoon with my grandad, and we’d draw for hours -animals, birds, Star Wars, He-Man – but mainly wildlife, I was obsessed with birds!

Artwork by Studopolis
Artwork by Studopolis

Your focus seems to be on drawing hyper-masculine men – why is it this type of man that catches your eye?

Visually I get a kick out of it. I love the animal aspect of masculinity, and I love exploring archetypes. Plus, who doesn’t love a big burly man?

Who are some of your art heroes or inspirations?

In terms of erotic art, Tom of Finland has to be top of the list – his work changed the game. I’m a huge fan of Harry Bush, The Hun, and also Zack. Outside of that, I’m a lifelong comic book fan – that world is filled with amazingly talented artists who inspire me every day.

What do you hope that people feel when looking at your illustrations?

I hope they feel turned on! Also amused. There’s a mischievousness to my men, and at the end of the day, it’s just a fun fantasy.

Artwork by Studopolis
Artwork by Studopolis

Where can people get their hands on your work?

Right now, I’m selling mainly through Etsy. There are links to my shop all over my social media. I absolutely take commissions, and the best way to reach me is a DM on Instagram. I don’t currently have any plans to exhibit, but who knows what the future holds!

What are some of your goals and aspirations for the months ahead?

I have a huge archive of illustrations, which I’m currently working on compiling into a book. Beyond that, I’m in the early stages of adapting an erotic novel into a comic, which I’m very excited about – I’m looking forward to drawing lots of sex!

Artwork by Studopolis
Artwork by Studopolis

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Japanese masculinity defined by art

Bara is the kind of #gaygeek anime art we can really get into.

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Photo: @musclebaracigars

I’m a bit obsessed with the style of graphic art from Japan known as Bara.

Bara is a genre of the manga art-form that focuses on sex between men.

Its origins can be traced back to the early 1950s, when magazines in Japan — such as Adonis — began to focus on gay art and content.

A rough training session between a master and his student | Photo: @shiro_usagi_kurona

While Bara can vary in its style, generally it features masculine men that you could categorise as muscle-bears.

Some of the leading creators of Bara include Gengoroh Tagame — published in the magazine G-men — and Susumu Hirosegawa.

I guess you could describe Bara as the Japanese equivalent of Tom of Finland.

Anyway, it’s hot.

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