In The Big Bed
Can't say for sure which magazine I submitted this one to but I'm sure it was quite a while back as the drawing features a Dad being serviced by his twin sons. That was the original intention in any case. There was a time when these "daddy/son" images were regularly accepted by mainstream gay publishers without so much as a "How d'you do" but something happened. A lawsuit, some strident "Save the Children" legislation, a cultural shift wherein homosexual literature came under intense scrutiny.... I don't recall exactly what the catalyst was. Editors began rolling out periodic laundry lists of verboten imagery and limited suggestiveness (the most ridiculous of which was when I was told that I could no longer have a dog or cat present in the background as it might be construed as an allusion to bestiality), narrowing the scope of what was permissible. I viewed each prohibition as a challenge, something that provoked me to explore new and more intricate devices to convey the sexual fever of what I wanted to portray without having an editor pull a paycheck out from under me. I was also (obviously) testing the boundaries of how I could drape and display fabric as a background. I like these linens and the figure configuration. All in all I consider this a pretty good illustration.

Michael Kirwan

 

Originally published in Torso Magazine

In The Big Bed 1996 8" x 11"

 

 

 

 

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