The Extremely HomoErotic Art of… HvH

Except for his gender, age (37) and birthday (April 2 1972), little is actually known about the enigmatic homoerotic beefcake artist known only as HvH. His nom du illustration is not his initials but something he describes as a "game" on his name.

In the Blink of an Eye by HvH for Class Comics

Email interviews with Nightcharm revealed HvH was a "well-known magazine illustrator and advertising exec before he remade himself as HvH, homoerotic Master of the Man-Bear."

Here are links to his published works – more on these below…

Gone to the Movies In the Blink of an Eye Class Comics Portfolios HvH

HvH‘s men are often a bit meatier many of the subjects of other gay erotica, but his loving touch deftly captures the beauty of all sorts of body types – from twink to bear and everything inbetween.

illustration of Marvel Comics' X-Men - Wolverine and the Beast by HvH illustration by HvH for his Class Comics Portfolio Golden Man by HvH Sexy redhead llustration by HvH
illustration of DC Comics' Green Arrow by HvH In the Blink of an Eye by HvH for Class Comics
illustration of Adam Champ by HvH Bear Trap by HvH Hawaii illustration by HvH Borat illustration by HvH for Gone to the Movies

In addition to fellow contemporary gay artists Glen Hanson and Patrick Fillion. HvH also cites a 1960’s Portuguese artist named João Abel Manta (”the thick outlines and the sense of design”) as a major artistic influence (which may be a clue to his country of origin). A traditional artist at heart, HvH sketches out all his images with pencil and paper before scanning and vectorizing them so he can refine them as line art and then convert back to bitmaps so he can add color, photographic textures and his distinctive shading with a digital pen.

Fairytale illustration by HvH illustration by HvH for his Class Comics Portfolio
Fuck Buck by HvH for Gone to the Movies illustration by HvH illustration by HvH HvH cover illustration for the Eric Arvin - Novel Slight Details and Random Events
Space Cadet illustration by HvH for his Class Comics Portfolio illustration of Marvel Comics' Punisher by HvH

HvH’s Blog is called HVHExpo, and while it hasn’t been updated in awhile, it is chock full of images such as the ones included in this gallery. HvH posts preview images of upcoming projects (such as 3 covers for Eric Arvin novels: “Subsurdity”, “Suburbilicious” (his Jasper Lane books), and “Slight Details and Random Events” as well as behind-the-scenes sketches along with the artists observations.

illustration by HvH Meatcute's Abel Boddy by HvH Breakfast at Tyrone's by HvH for Gone to the Movies The Man Virgin by HvH
illustration by HvH Fairytale illustration by HvH
illustration by HvH illustration by HvH illustration by HvH Bulk by HvH for Gone to the Movies

The past few years have been good for HvH. In 2007 Class Comics has published In the Blink of An Eye… a graphic novel containing three all new xxx vignettes featuring the manly men of HvH.

Gone to the Movies In the Blink of an Eye Class Comics Portfolios HvH

In 2008 was doubly blessed as he released two volumes. The first is a beautiful hardcover coffee table edition called Gone to the Movies – collecting HvH‘s wilful new gay interpretations of famous movie posters. His second book of that year is the deluxe 24 page Class Comics Portfolios HvH. I’m not sure what if anything he’s been up to in 2009, the last entry at his blog is July 9 2008.

Naked Justice illustration by HvH for his Class Comics Portfolio Model by HvH
illustration by HvH The Link (final version) by HvH The Link (1st draft) by HvH The Link (2nd draft) by HvH
Demonic by HvH illustration by HvH for his Class Comics Portfolio

HvH’s art can be seen in “In the Blink of an Eye” published by Class Comics titles and in a gay superhero strip called “The Adventures of Link” at FRESHMEN (a preview page is included in the gallery above along with 2 earlier versions).

illustration by HvH illustration by HvH for his Class Comics Portfolio illustration by HvH illustration by HvH
illustration by HvH
Gone to the Movies In the Blink of an Eye Class Comics Portfolios HvH

via ClassComics, HvHExpo and Nightcharm

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  1. Let me know if anyone has further details on this anonymous artiste. The only other detail I found was that Amazon lists him as a Portugeuse artist in the product description for Gone to the Movies. I’m not sure if this has been verified elsewhere, but I mentioned that his inclusion of the relatively obscure Portuguese artist João Abel Manta points to a potential country of origin… Anyone have additional clues?

  2. I’m curious, was offended friend gay or straight? what did they find offensive? and are they the type to be easily offended? I haven’t seen the whole book yet…so I’m wondering if there is stuff much racier than what I’ve included here.

    I’m interested because in my recent searches for material I’ve come across some works that I’m SURE some would find offensive (Oliver Frey was NOT very PC – but it was the 70s-80s). When it comes to potentially offensive material,I find most of the recent stuff (even explicit XXX comics) are MUCH tamer than things were back then.

  3. HvH is an amazing artist, and a good friend. He’s done three covers for me (Subsurdity, Suburbilicious, & Slight Details and Random Events – you have the cover to the last one in your piece without the title; he based the work on a photo of yours truly) as well as a couple other projects. I also wrote the forward for Gone to the Movies. I have heard that some were offended by the Home Alone poster he included in the collection.