Gay Art Watercolor of a Handsome Gray Bear with a Beard and a Smirk and a Tattoo, 9x12 inches crayon by Kenney Mencher


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Amused Daddy, 9x12 inches crayon and watercolor on cotton paper by Kenney Mencher in collaboration with Vincent Keith

This is an original work of art NOT a print
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This watercolor is based on a photograph taken by my friend Vincent Keith who publishes Mascular Magazine Fine Art of Man

The magazine specializes in portraying the kind of men I like to draw and paint. According to the Urban Dictionary, "A form of size that involves not only being overly masculine but showing an increased muscle size with an overlying layer of pudgy adipose tissue."

I thought this man had a beautiful and kind face and I was also interested playing with composition, line quality and color. I started this drawing with a quick contour line sketch with a crayon on heavy cotton paper and then built up the color and value with additional layers of watercolor.

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In gay culture, in particular in the gay male subculture, gay bears, more commonly referred to as just a bear, is a larger - and often hairy - bisexual or gay man who is seen to portray or display a form of untamed, rugged, wild masculinity, often with a full beard, chest hair, and a lot of other body hair.

Generically speaking, the term bear is used to describe men who portray the aesthetics of working-class manhood. There is also a strong connotation between bears and the rural LGBT community.

Bear culture is often associated with discovering forms of masculinity, as gay men queer what it means to be masculine through the reputation of being kind, sensitive, and affectionate. As such, the bear subculture has made an important contribution to changing the public perception of the larger gay community, by showing that not all gay men have the same physical appearance - in particular regarding facial and body hair - and that there is no one way of being "mainstream gay." In doing so, the bear movement has also not only contributed to bear identity and gay male culture but to the masculine gender role in general.

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