Richmond, who recently relocated to Monterey, California from his native Ohio, created the series in 2013 with the idea of putting a gay male twist on mid-20th century pin-up art. Now, fans of Richmond’s cheeky work will be able to make those illustrations their own with a “Cheesecake Boys” adult coloring book that’s due out on Valentine’s Day. (Watch the artist speak about the new project in the video above.)
“Classic pinup art wasn’t made to be hung in prestigious museums, even though the artists were exceptional,” Richmond said. “Instead, it was printed on calendars and posters, destined to be tacked to the walls of bedrooms, lockers and garages... A pinup painting was successful if it elicited a chuckle or teased the naughty side of the viewer’s imagination.”
Would-be artists who’ve gotten their hands on the new book already seem to be taken with the chance to add their own colors to Richmond’s work. “It’s such a thrill to see how people around the world are building upon the simple lines to create imaginative, colorful, and totally unique pieces of art,” he said. “And they’re having a blast doing it ― because who wouldn’t enjoy coloring adorable hunks losing their clothes all over the place?”
We won’t argue with that! Read more about the “Cheesecake Boys” coloring book here.
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