Welcome to the new mitchmen blog

Welcome to mitchmen, home of Mitchell's Art.

I only post occasionally here but in the sidebar you can connect to my two principal sites - my blog (where I talk about my work and pay tribute to artists who excite me) and my Yahoo! Group (where you can join my mailing list, read my stories and see my latest pictures).


There's also a link to a small gallery of my work here (last updated Aug 2016).
If you have problems with the link read this notice.


T
hank you for your interest and support.
Mitchell (updated Aug 2017).

Monday, 18 November 2013

Muscular Beauty

Sergi Constance by Luis Rafael
 
It always amazes me how a bulky, muscular guy can have the most slender waist. Sergi Constance combines the chiselled angular facial features of a fashion model with the generously inflated muscle of the beefcake boy. With his spiked hair, designer stubble and daringly-placed tattoo he is a very model male, but the photographer fallen back on classic, traditional garb to accentuate his masculinity - zip-up leather (style) jacket and jeans with a chunky leather belt.
 

Friday, 23 August 2013

The Archer

Kenya Shimizu - Tiger Tattoo

This picture makes an interesting comparison in style with my recent post on Okutsu.
A simple, male warrior figure set against a textured background and using a similar palette. The composition approach is quite different, slightly unbalanced, which gives a more dynamic feeling. Personally I prefer to see the body rather than the tattoo but the picture would be far less striking without it.

Thanks to Adonis Art for the image

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Sporting Hero

Silencio - Do Sports

I don't share the current fascination for fantasy and magic, but I must admit it has given us some great art. This chunky athlete battling for survival against the undead is by Silencio. I particularly like his pugnacious, slightly puppy-fat face and rugby player build. 
See more at silencio-gga
 

Friday, 7 June 2013

New Gallery at mitchmen

The Drunken Sailor
I have replaced the original gallery of my pictures with a new group, the link is in the sidebar.
I have also updated the gallery at my main blog with a new set (different from these). Again the link is in the sidebar.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Marine Hero

"Koinoshiranami" by Naomichi Okutsu

This marvellous image reaches deep into all sorts of Japanese artistic and cultural traditions and yet is so modern and global in feel and appeal. A beautiful, refined invocation of masculinity.

Google tells me the title means 'whitecap of love',
but I suspect something went missing in that translation.

see more at Japanese Gay Art

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Wrap Up Well

Ryan Monroe

This model's big, big, bulked-up body is accentuated by these brilliant 'wrap around' briefs. The straight cut across the legs makes them resemble shorts which appear to have shrunk in the wash so they barely fit. The striking, lime green colour is an unexpected, flamboyant contrast to the serious, bearded face. Perhaps he'd be more comfortable in something less showy but I'm not complaining.

Picture by JimmyZ

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

It seems like every model produces a truly memorable picture at some point. An image that will be around for rather more than fifeen minutes. Everybody remembers the picture but the name of the model is soon forgotten - and as for the photographer, the true creator, well....





This is Joseph Odorisio, a man of striking appearance but my, what a difference that red vest makes! Wet, clinging and with an amazing texture. You hardly notice the racy trunks.

Sorry, don't know the photographer.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Boy Within

Andre Coelho 

This moment of playful introspection is beautifully captured. It's like a memory of innocent boyhood exploration when the world was full of new wonders. The black and white toning amplifies this retrospective feel. It also helps to delineate beautifully the droplets of water cascading from the model's hands. They almost look like precious jewels scooped from a newly-opened pirate's treasure chest, boyish fantasies......

.....and yet the model with his muscular arms, artfully trimmed facial hair and partly unzipped jeans is very grown up indeed. You can almost see his dismay as the elusive treasures of youth slip though his fingers once again.

The image is beautifully constructed too. The broken streams of water open out in a pyramid shape as they fall, echoing the outer curves of the model's legs and his forearms. These curves lead the eye up towards the cupped hands like the shapely stem of a modernistic goblet, capturing the upwards scooping motion. Above the hands there's another family of curves, this time cup-like and including the models hairline, his chin, outer pecs and the hands themselves, all fitting inside each other like Russian dolls and conveying his intense focus on the contents of his scooping hands.

Accident, design or instinct?  Hay Torres is the photographer and deserves credit for a fascinating image.
See more here