I am often asked about why I do what I do. A fair question is: Why would anyone strive to become a prolific producer of 3D digital art that spans over a decade?
— This 2017 image from my illustrated short short “Best of Beck” is emblematic of my creative works. There are highly masculine men depicted. There is a sense of peril that has endangered at least one of the men. If there is any “message” in works of mine such as this, here we go: Men can be violent and unpredictable, so keep your eyes open for opportunities for your survival. I follow in the footsteps of Tom of Finland, whose “message” rang through to me loud and clear a long time ago.
But, honestly, I am not a message-oriented artist. I suppose there always is some kind of messaging that I must be conveying through my creative works. And yet, I do not start out with a particular sense of message when I produce creative works. Messages just happen. Is that magic? Nor do I strive to be considered prolific. That just happens by itself.
— This illustration is especially typical for me. I show highly masculine men caught in the act of being true to their inner nature and drives. I think it is entertaining to look at such men as they behave either badly or admirably. That motivates me to keep creating visual works like I do featuring the exploits of men.
The year 2018 represents the 12th consecutive year during which I have produced my creative visual works. I consistently keep repeating this same disclaimer: What I do is create concept pop art—visual pop culture artifacts that convey ideas. It is entirely make-believe. It is not real. I do not want anybody to mistake my photo-realistic works as representing real, living people. This is entirely made-up stuff. It is fiction. I am not advocating that anyone should view young men in our physical world merely as sex objects. I am not a proponent of powerful men in our physical world taking advantage of and hurting vulnerable young men. All that I create is pure storytelling for enjoyment within your mind.
— This illustration depicts what I see as one wasteful loss of a young man’s life. That sense of loss of young men’s lives is a recurring storytelling theme I have used for over a decade of creating 3D digital art.
— This illustration might be used in support of an urgent public safety message campaign for men: Do not point a loaded gun at your cock and balls. That is metaphorical. But, would anyone take it to heart?
— You just may find that one big man who deserves your show of respect for his masculinity. Don’t hold back! Push him far beyond his limits. Invite a buddy over for showing some two-on-one respect for his masculinity. Then, finish off the big man: Spit-roast him and give him a reach-around. He will never forget what you’ve done to him.