Saving His Ass

Saving His Ass

colored pencil/digital, 12″ x 8.25″  ||  purchase prints

Our steadfast hero certainly has his hands full in this cheeky medieval scene! Arriving just in time to rescue the dragon’s handsome conquest, he hurls the startled lad over his shoulder to make their escape. As they breeze through the enchanted forest, the helpless chap suffers one final indignity when his tunic begins billowing in the breeze. Arthurian wardrobe malfunction? Or perhaps this is merely a preview of the reward that awaits his brave rescuer!

cheesecake boys series

The Cheesecake series grew out of my fascination with pin-up art from the 40’s and 50’s. It was a more innocent time (at least on the surface), and I love the elaborate scenarios that artists like Gil Elvgren and Art Frahm concocted in order to justify disrobing their subjects. A loose nail, a doorknob, or a brisk wind would all work in a pinch, resulting in hapless models accidentally exposing their unmentionables. I’m interested in exploring how gender roles were reinforced by these artistic expressions of sexuality. It intrigues me that it was considered sexy for a woman’s skirt to be ripped off before a crowd of oglers, while the male pin-up was only exposed when he wanted to be. Times certainly have changed! Men may have had a free pass on wardrobe malfunctions in the good old days, but my Cheesecake Boys are here to even the score.