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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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