Posts Tagged ‘80's’

Above the Law / Investigator K-9

April 3, 2023

Police Investigator K-9, pencil, coloured pencil on pink tone paper, A4 (210 x 297 mm / 8.3 x 11.7 inches)

This drawing is based on a film still from the 1988 Steven Seagal vehicle “Above the Law”. He is striking a somewhat striking posture with a manly thumb hooked under the belt of his blue jeans, and a very interesting way of holding the handset of a public telephone while leaning against its sturdy metal body, tagged in a very haphazard fashion with various names, among them, standing out due to size and color, the name “Aline”. Also featured, a star of Betlehem.

Although largely done in pencil a few highlights are added in the colours blue and red. Steven Seagal’s head is replaced with that of a German Shepherd – the idea of making the head of a male protagonist a beast’s head is of course epitomized in various illustrations to the story, The Beauty and the Beast. The idea is to underscore the fact that manliness, especially its sexual aspects, expresses itself best in animal attributes, the whole world of masculine sexuality being anti-social, anti-civilization, etc., and the reality of the sexual act being a bloody business with death as an end result (see also, the wolf man).

General impression of blotchiness of the reproduction comes from discoloration, curliness or waviness of paper, stemming from excess humidity, water damage, hand grease. The paper used is of extreme thinness, like letter paper.

Artwork © 2057 by Torsten Slama

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