Tonight's fabulous queer artist feature is @paulyworld with his brand new Cheesecake Boys publications.
I am honored to be featured as a pin-up! There are two versions of the publication on sale, a 63-page coloring book or a weekly planner with all the pin-ups! You can save 10% off using my code: THEARTOFBEINGQUEER - Click here to purchase now!
Cheesecake Boys are a quirky, gender-bending ode to mid-20th century pin-up art. Artists like Gil Elvgren and Art Frahm concocted elaborate (and hilarious) scenarios 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. Artist Paul Richmond is interested in exploring how gender roles were reinforced by these artistic expressions of sexuality. It intrigues him 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 the Cheesecake Boys are here to even the score.
Classic pin-up art wasn’t made to be hung in prestigious museums, even though the artists were exceptional. It was printed on calendars and posters, destined to be tacked up on bedroom walls, lockers and garages. A pin-up painting was successful if it elicited a chuckle or teased the naughty side of the viewer’s imagination. In that tradition, we are honored to share these Cheesecake Boys coloring pages so you can build upon the playful lines to create imaginative, colorful, and totally unique pieces of modern day pin-up art.
Happy coloring! Now go color your pants off!
About the artist:
Paul Richmond is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose career has included exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States as well as publication in numerous art journals and anthologies. His work is collected by individuals around the globe. In his role as the Associate Art Director for Dreamspinner Press and their young adult imprint, Harmony Ink Press, he has created over four hundred novel cover illustrations. He is a co-founder of the You Will Rise Project, an organization that empowers those who have experienced bullying to speak out creatively through art. He lives with his husband Dennis in Monterey, California. He works and teaches at Open Ground Studios in Seaside, California and is represented by Not Sheep Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.