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An old sketch which lies to the left in my sketchbook to the previous drawing. It holds much charm, don’t ya think.
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An old sketch which lies to the left in my sketchbook to the previous drawing. It holds much charm, don’t ya think.

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Sketchbook page doodle from some time ago. There’s something in it, but I can’t seem to find it. Time for a little exploration I think!
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Sketchbook page doodle from some time ago. There’s something in it, but I can’t seem to find it. Time for a little exploration I think!

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‘Bear with Green Paint' -  August 2013
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Bear with Green Paint' -  August 2013

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‘Self Portrait as a Bear' - September 2014
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Self Portrait as a Bear' - September 2014

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‘Rosy Bear' - August 2014
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Rosy Bear' - August 2014

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So which of my followers are artists, and which of you have blogs dedicated to your work?

I fancy a snoop around and get a better understanding of who is out there :)

Like this post or drop me a message!

‘Bear Buddy' - August 2014
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Bear Buddy' - August 2014

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‘Sad Bear' - August 2014
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Sad Bear' - August 2014

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francescapadovan: nothing to ask, I just admire your work and the general atmosphere you give to your blog :)

This is majorly nice to read and makes me happy. Thank you very much. All the best to you, you are awesome x

'Bear Love' - August 2014
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'Bear Love' - August 2014

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'Bear' - August 2014
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'Bear' - August 2014

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Anonymous: I really admire your work! Do you mind if you talk a little bit about what you wrote you dissertation on?

So the title of my dissertation was:

'How is masculinity determined and represented in Art as an expression of a society’s ideals?'

And it’s rather complex, so hopefully I can give a general idea of it in as few words as possible. I’ll just dance over some of the main points…

My initial discussion was to question the binary gender theory of polar opposites Male as Masculine, and Female as Feminine. So what I aimed to do was find find out what made a man masculine, and in what ways men were considered feminine.

To begin I discussed Ancient Greek society and how their views of masculinity are given physical presence and higher importance through use of art. A brief example would be the ever so handsome statue of Hercules in his buff. With many of these statues being displayed out in public, I discussed how they became role models for the men (and women) of the time.

Through study of Ancient Greek statues I was able to conclude a theory of masculinity for this society: masculinity would be rewarded on a point system based on how much of each of these categories you succeeded in - Virility, Youth, Truth, Power, Courage, Confidence, Dominance and Achievement.

It seemed that a man could conquer in any of these categories and fail in others as long as there was a balance of points achieved, the man will be considered masculine. How masculine a man is, will then be determined by how many more points they would succeed other men. A man would become feminine if he maintained fewer points than the average man. A quote from my piece “With the Ancients Greek, it seems they only consider what is male and masculinity is only questioned when there is a lack of its attainment”.

The most interesting point through this system to me, was that being Gay actually more than often added more value in terms of masculinity.

Feel free to ask more questions. I’m very aware I kept this brief, but I hope that makes sense to ya

Thanks

AWH

‘Growling Gay Bear' - August 2014 
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Growling Gay Bear' - August 2014 

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‘Casual Bear' - August 2014
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Will be available in print some day. I intend to take these to a screen print workshop and have a play around. Stay in tune.

Casual Bear' - August 2014

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Will be available in print some day. I intend to take these to a screen print workshop and have a play around. Stay in tune.

‘Mr. Bear by the River in Drag' - August 2014
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Mr. Bear by the River in Drag' - August 2014

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