Warning: This post contains (illustrated) nudity and may not be suitable for work.
Ladies. Gentlemen. People with eyes. Prepare to feast them. On these very pretty boys.
Illustrator Richard Haines spent most of his career in fashion. He designed for brands like Calvin Klein and Sean Combs, in the process familiarizing himself with the particular way fabric hangs on a person's frame. But long before his life as a designer took off, Haines was obsessed with drawing. Since the age of 5, he covered notebooks with flowers, wedding dresses and elaborate gardens.
Now, Haines is returning to his original passion, showing his style-centric illustrations as fine art. The images, flimsy yet sharp, resemble what might have arisen if Egon Schiele maintained a fashion blog, with sinuous men striking a pose in various states of stylish dress and undress.
"These guys are doing interesting things, and that all shows in their appearance," Haines explained to Out Magazine. "They also happen to be beautiful in a lot of different ways. It’s about being around artists who want to be in a community of artists. I mean, most guys I draw are very tall and very thin. They’re almost like these narrow lines. I see them on the street, and it’s almost like they're walking drawings."
In a world where nude drawing almost always references a female subject, it's refreshing to ogle the lines and curves that make up a man. The occasional beard and man bun ain't bad either.
"Richard Haines: A Room of One's Own" runs until October 24 at Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York.
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