The fierce and the swan song

Portrait and figurative study - part of a series of work I am working on for a Summer project 2015. The multi-figurative is something I have have been working on for the last eight months, the portraits are derived from this, or created for it. The project is made up of over 100 composite studies, there are 50 versions. It's an illustrator file of over thirty layers. I spent about two hours a day working on it after work, that's all I could manage. It's still not quite finished... but then are they ever?

This is a series of work I have been working on since last year 2014.
The main work is  a multi-figurative piece I have have been working on for the last 12 months with a series of portraits derived from the main work.
It's made up of over 100 composite studies, an Adobe Illustrator file of over 50 layers.

I am into reconstruction of the male form, simplification and stylisation. 
There are 17 men drawn in such a way as they drape and ooze. A mish-mash of composites I have studied attracted by their poses, their strong features, they all seemed relaxed and defiant to me, staring outwards unapologetically, defiant and masculine. I desired to capture that.
Some of the men may seem similar. I have been inspired by the athletic, the strong and the fierce - it's not just about sexuality, it's about perception of masculinity, the male gaze and male availability but It's ultimately all about men and it's totally gay - I have no problem with that! My goal was to create an vivid sumptuous sexy piece of art.
The portraits, "the heads" have been through many manifestations but ultimately they are a loving odé to "The Chinese Girl" (often popularly known as The Green Lady) a 1952 painting by Vladimir Tretchikoff. It became one of the world's most popular paintings when made into prints in the 1950s and 1960s, and is one of the world's best-selling art reproductions of the twentieth century.
I have reproduced it here in my de-constructed version, the colour palette used is taken from that painting, particularly the red lips.
What is not revealed here tells the whole story here.

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