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"Lots of artists can fill their work with aching homosexual tension, but no one else can make the impending sodomy look quite as classy and exquisitely dressed as Leyendecker can.” - source

Before Rockwell, a Gay Artist Defined the Perfect American Male
"Nobody had to tell J.C. Leyendecker that sex sells. Before the conservative backlash of the mid-20th century, the American public celebrated his images of sleek muscle-men, whose glistening homo-eroticism adorned endless magazine covers. Yet Leyendecker’s name is almost forgotten, whitewashed over by Norman Rockwell’s legacy of tame, small-town Americana.

"Rockwell was just an 11-year old kid when Leyendecker created the legendary “Arrow Collar Man” in 1905, used to advertise the clothing company’s miraculous detachable collars. One of America’s first recognizable sex symbols, this icon of masculinity was defined by his poise and perfection, whether on the sports field or at the dinner table. Like the Gibson Girl, the Arrow Collar Man developed a singular identity, equal parts jock and dandy, who supposedly received more fan letters than silent film heartthrob Rudolph Valentino. To top things off, Leyendecker’s men were often modeled after his lover and lifetime companion, Charles Beach, making their secret romance a front-page feature across the U.S."

- continue reading this article by Hunter Oatman-Stanford in Collectors Weekly.

Additional reading can be found at one of my favorite sites: Gay Influence.

J.C. Leyendecker in 1895.

I wonder if I should just give up and write 99 cent kindle homoerotica tbh

View outside my work window is honestly so comforting right now. Just gorgeous. Please, more of this throughout the rest of the year!

Since I’ll be unable to draw as much as I’d like once November hits (NaNoWriMo time), I’m thinking of doing a 31-day drawing challenge to myself for the month of October. One speedpaint/sketch each day. I think this is a good plan.

I wrote 600 words yesterday. I think I want to keep that pace every day until nanowrimo… when I’ll have to triple that. Sigh. It’s been surprisingly hard to write lately.


Ok here is a compilation of all the software and useful tools I’ve come across whilst writing. Some of them I’ve reviewed on here already, more coming soon. 

Got an idea? Well get planning! Here’s some useful outlining, brainstorming and mind- mapping software:

Just want to get writing? You want a word processor:

Making notes? Here you go:

Timelines giving you a headache? Try these:

Now perhaps you want to organise those notes. Got a lot of research? Character sheets? Images? Well here’s some tools to keep all that together:

Are you easily distracted? The following tools will keep you on track:

Even more productivity tools to help keep you focussed on your task:

So you’ve got something down? Need to edit? 

All done? Perhaps you’d like some e-publishing tools:

Turns out I’d forgotten about screenwriters, so here goes:

I’m feeling generous, have some more cool stuff:

ETA: After a request I’ve added screenplay software to the list.



Writing with Color: Description Guide - Words for Skin Tone

We discussed the issue of describing People of Color by means of food in Part I of this guide, which brought rise to even more questions, mostly along the lines of “So, if food’s not an option, what can I use?” Well, I was just getting to that!

This final portion focuses on describing skin tone, with photo and passage examples provided throughout. I hope to cover everything from the use of straight-forward description to the more creatively-inclined, keeping in mind the questions we’ve received on this topic.

So let’s get to it.

S T A N D A R D  D E S C R I P T I O N

B a s i c  C o l o r s


Pictured above: Black, Brown, Beige, White, Pink.

"She had brown skin.”

  • This is a perfectly fine description that, while not providing the most detail, works well and will never become cliché.
  • Describing characters’ skin as simply brown or beige works on its own, though it’s not particularly telling just from the range in brown alone.

C o m p l e x  C o l o r s

These are more rarely used words that actually “mean” their color. Some of these have multiple meanings, so you’ll want to look into those to determine what other associations a word might have.

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Perhaps I could title my werewolf story “Wolf Skin”

I was considering “The Beast Within” for awhile, but I think it’s suggestive of themes I don’t actually want to support in my novel. I also considered “The Wolf in Sheep’s Skin,” but that also suggests a theme that isn’t really present in my writing. But I did want to play off of that idiom, so I thought “Wolf Skin” might do the trick. I’m not sure the connection is obvious enough, though. A VERY present theme in the novel is embracing the nature of the beast, challenging the notion of an uncontrollable “other” side of oneself, loving oneself, that sort of thing, so it seemed appropriate to embrace the idea of the wolf in wolf’s skin (and in the novel, I explore what a wolf’s “skin” looks like). Maybe “Wolf in Wolf’s Skin” or just “In Wolf’s Skin” or some other similar variant.

One of the protags is writing a political novel I wanted to bear the same name as my novel, so I could perhaps have his be titled “Wolf in Wolf’s Skin” and simply title mine “Wolf Skin”—if I do it this way, I think the connections to his work and the sheep skin idiom become obvious. Hopefully.

I just wanna draw a bunch of autumn-y things tbh