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!
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is has been a pleasure.
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