Welcome to the new mitchmen blog

Welcome to mitchmen, home of Mitchell's Gay Art.
(with no connection to Michael Mitchell!)

This is my gateway site. I only post occasionally here, usually pictures in praise of male beauty, strictly vanilla,
but in the sidebar you can connect to my two more adventurous posting sites
- my blog (where I show some of my pictures and pay tribute to artists and images that excite me)
- my Yahoo! Group (where you can see my latest pictures and stories and join my mailing list).


There's also a link in the sidebar here to a small gallery of vanilla drawings by me (Mitchell) (gallery last updated Feb 2019).
If you have problems with the link please read this notice.


I welcome comments from visitors but please keep it clean!

Thank you for your interest and support.
Mitchell (Oct 2018).

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Paisley Pants


I'm developing a fascination with patterned underwear for men
and the way it enhances maleness, contrary to the accepted view that plain is best

These ones, nicely filled out by the chunky Arad Winwood have a low waist and high, square cut legs that produce pleasing proportions. The effect of skimpiness is increased by the deep and boldly coloured waistband, which reduces the patterned area by almost one third.


That chunky waistband is an unmistakably male element. It counterbalances the suggestion of flimsiness and feminine fuss in the paisley-style pattern, but without quite removing it, leaving behind a tantalising ambiguity.

If there were room for doubt with this model, the body-hugging fabric highlights his primary male attribute and the pattern itself accentuates it, bracketing his pouch with mirror-image, rounded shapes that give it an extra, almost explicit visual dimension. The result is daring and slightly humorous but the precise balance and matching of the left and right halves of the garment that achieves this effect is a mark of true quality and attention to detail in the making of it.

Click on the patterned-briefs label below to see other examples

Credits:- Underpants by Jor , Photography by Armando Adajar

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

It must be Winter

Caylan Hughes
Winter has it's compensations - the fun of Christmas, the beauty of frost and snow, skiing the slopes if you are a sporty type, but from a man spotting point of view it's hopeless - it's cover up time. 

The caption seems a little belated but Caylan Hughes here defies the weather with a bizarre pair of furry shoulder pads being his only protection from the elements. Of course, in fantasy realms like this it tends to be winter all year round so you have to take advantage of any break in the weather. The image epitomises manly hunkage and Caylan's carefully crafted, hairy highlights are perfect for it.

image: Furious Fotog

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Modern G-string

Loving the freedom
In the 1950's and 60's the G-string was standard attire for beefcake models but it fell out of favour with the relaxation of nudity laws and, for many admirers of the male form, it's incongruity as a garment became a source of retrospective ridicule rather than admiration (see my vintage series at the other mitchmen blog). This gent's little, black number shows that the G-string is alive and well in the 21st century.

This is modern fashion wear by Joe Snyder (from 2014), but it's obvious unsuitability for the woodland ramble suggested in the pictures (or indeed for underwear in general) rekindles the sense of incongruity and gives us a glimpse of the thrill that the relatively sex-starved gays of old must have felt seeing pictures of skimpy garments like these being worn by hunky men out in the open. Just imagine a game-keeper or hunter stumbling on this trophy game! Christmas present problem solved!

OMG someone's coming! Cover up!
 The olden day G-strings had an elastic waistband threaded through the top hem, which tended to produce a pouched, rounded, 'bag of sweets' effect. Snyder's modern version has side strings attached just at the corners which results in a flatter, more triangular shape with a lower waist-line (and some interesting radiating creases). The restrained (!) contours match the luscious muscularity of this model rather well and the shiny black colour tones nicely with his skin and injects a little suggestion of earthiness.

The 'little boy lost' model is Juan Salazar

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Moody Maxted


Adam Maxted is a good looking man with a splendid physique. 

You may have seen him on the 'Love Island' reality show

More recently he's been Wrestling on TV's 'World of Sport' 

where his 'tag' partnership with Nathan Cruz abruptly ended with Cruz
blaming him for their defeat in some final or another and (apparently) 
beating him up in an unexpected but rather thrilling post-script. 

Despite these very public enterprises, Maxted seems curiously reluctant to exploit his masculine attractions in the conventional way with modelling engagements. You'll struggle to find him in anything more exotic than sparkly, over-size trunks.

However the promotional image above from his Wrestling career
is mirrored by another (below) from his Twitter account
This one showing a more introspective mood
has  his jeans bulging, ripped and straining and is positively simmering, 
I await further developments with bated breath!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

It Must Be Autumn

Daily Harvest by Scott Tallman Powers
This pretty but rather sentimental image is in traditional style in stark contrast to the summer harvest depicted by Mel Odom in the previous post. The interest for me is in the rendering of the farm worker's face, a beautiful blending of youth and maturity. This artist often depicts men's faces but they are usually older than this. 

click on the labels below for other mitchmen faces or Seasons   
 

Saturday, 1 September 2018

It Must Be Summer

Mel Odom - Sheaf of Wheat
A hunky farm labourer clad in skimpy vest hugs the fruit of his labours
 
The harvesting of wheat at the end of August marks the climax of the Summer growing season and the prelude to the cooler, wetter days of Autumn. This image by Mel Odom seems to embrace that slightly sad moment of endings and beginnings as birds begin to depart for warmer climes. Also perhaps he expresses man's oneness with nature and dependence on it's riches 

Mel Odom's style  has the unmistakeable, austere, geometric grace of the Art Deco era, producing here an angular face with fleshy lips and flaming hair while the muscular shaping of the body is delicately defined by soft, pointillistic shading reminiscent of the texture of velvet. Very tactile!

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

A Summer Place

Fanelli - In The Garden
An interesting juxtaposition of ideas - 
virile, well-endowed, young man communes with the flowers.
It creates a pretty picture but a slightly confusing one.
I can't find a website for this artist 
but there's a bio about him and his most famous painting at Joseph Fanelli