MASC in MASK

     I was commissioned by Jonathan O’Connor, a wonderful writer and also one of my dear friends who is currently putting together an essay book, MASC, that deals with masculinity and sexuality.  I read its draft, and it was extremely personal and raw; and of course it was relatable as a gay man myself.  It captures both physical and emotional aspects of the main character’s life as a gay man; family, friendship, love relationship, and such.

     It starts with this:

MASC: (n) masculine.  Often used among gay men while exchanging physical statistics in online chats and personal ads. Meat to indicate a straight-acting, manly guy, that likes men. (Antonym: Fem.) –Masc by Jonathan O’Connor

     Juicy, isn’t it!?  When I read, I READ hunny (not “read” as a gay terminology, just saying.)  Also that was my friend’s personal essay book, so I had this extra love and compassion for what he went through…  I almost felt like I was in a LGBTQ group session or listening a testimony at my church (I go to a LGBTQ affirmative church.)  It’s really nurturing to see one’s vulnerability.

     Anyway, so here is what I sent him first; thumbnails.

MASC in MASK

     He liked #2 and #6, and we talked on a phone, then decided to do #6.  It captured the both physical and emotional flavors from the book.  Since it was a quick turnaround, I jumped into from the thumbnail to its final piece. 

MASC in MASK

     (Oh by the way, you can see more on my Instagram page!)

MASC in MASK

MASC in MASK

     I do use gouache to paint shadows and highlights.  People tell me that I could digitally, but I enjoy the traditional part of my process.  

MASC in MASK

MASC in MASK

     So yeah, that’s it!  Here is the final piece again;

MASC in MASK

     Jonathan, it was delightful experience to work with you.  You are very talented writer, always wear a warm and positive energy that I enjoy, and mostly delightful.  

     Please check his website: Jonathan O’Connor 

Okay y’all, have a wonderful day!

Yohey

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