Men on the Index: Gorilla Back

by Paul
Drawing of a bodybuilder by Berlin artist Paul Astor

Just the other day i remembered going to the old masters collection in Dresden, Germany as a child. It was the usual tour we did, whenever we had guests from abroad. There’s a lot of beautiful paintings, but as a boy I was especially fascinated by “The drunken Hercules” by Peter Paul Rubens. Still today I think this painting is incredibly sexy with its bold nudity and I’m happy beards like his and muscles combined with sheer body mass became fashionable again.

And how that things often go, when I was looking for picture material to work with later, I stumbled upon THIS man. What particularly appealed to me about him and his pose was its almost baroque character. Body mass in the swing, in the movement. I tried to emphasize the whole thing with expressive shadows.

I captured the creation of this drawing in a video I’d like to share with you here as well:

If I have set in the previous drawings of this series on larger color contrasts, I knew this time at once – here I want to stay softer. That is why I have chosen a delicate apricot for the background. A tone that is quite close to the actual skin tone of this muscle bull. The small colored accents in the drawing are also emphasized by this. I wanted you to be able to literally feel his skin, even though this drawing is deliberately far from wanting to go too natural.

A selction of drawings from the Series “Men on the Index” is already in my shop. I’d be happy if you take a look!


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