Continuously since 2007 I have been creating characters using digital art software to depict men in peril within the bara underground art genre.
I was influenced by how others over time attempted to show what they considered to be an ideal man. Here you can get an excellent historical perspective on how art has depicted the ideal male body.
Main Influences: Gay Underground Artists
As a gay male artist and storyteller, I have been influenced by these eight gay male underground artists:
Tom of Finland — Arguably the most famous gay adult male erotic artist of the 20th century and someone whose works are instantly recognizable.
Etienne — American Dom Orejudos was a pioneering gay male artist who drew unforgettably masculine men in perilous situations.
Hasegawa — Renowned gay male artist from Japan with troubling visions of what can happen to masculine men.
Tagame — Famous and beloved Japanese artist whose controversial works are both extremely violent and sexually explicit.
Ulf — An American master of intensely sexual digital images of masculine men.
Greasetank — Highly controversial American digital illustrator from Texas whose works will jolt your sensibilities.
Bondageskin — German digital artist with an enduring interest in creating digital images of men hanged by the neck until dead.
The Hun — American artist from Oregon with an unforgettably unique perspective on masculine men and their behaviors.