Hello hello! I’m Heidi Belleau, and all week I’m touring the interwebs promoting my new novel Wallflower, which is book two of my New Adult m/m series Rear Entrance Video, all about a group of roommates working at a seedy porn store. Every day this week I’ll be stopping by different blogs with new tidbits, behind-the-scenes info, and of course a contest! Read on!
Today, I’m talking art! Wallflower, being the story of a couple of art students, references several works and styles of art. Here are just a few, from the traditional to the traditionally-influenced to the (post) modern:
The Art of Wallflower
Inuit Soapstone Carving
Sculpture produced by Inuit artists. The term “soapstone carving” often refers to any carved Inuit sculpture, whether it is from soapstone or not.
Coast Salish Art
When I think “Native Art”, this is the first stuff to come to my mind. It might be yours, too, because Coast Salish art also includes totem poles. Coast Salish art refers to artwork (carved or graphic) produced by the Coast Salish peoples of the Pacific Northwest, which includes areas in British Columbia and Washington state. It incorporates the very traditional right up to contemporary reinterpretations, such as can be seen in the work of Louie Gong.
Ink Wash Paintings
A traditional form of Chinese art that later spread to other East Asian nations (as seen in the Japanese example above) uses some of the same techniques and materials as calligraphy, where shape and form are suggested using varying densities of ink.
The Raven and the First Men
This massive sculpture by Haida artist Bill Reid (with contributions by several other artists) depicts the story of human creation according to Haida legend: Raven, an important figure, finds a clamshell full of human beings, whom he coaxes to come out into the wider world.
Jingoistic Comic Covers
During World War II, superhero comics got political (warning, link contains racist imagery and language), with popular heroes like Superman and Batman fighting the villains of the day. These covers were meant as propaganda to drum up support for the Allies and hatred for their enemies, and while there’s nothing wrong with painting Hitler as a villain, the racialized nature of the Asia-Pacific theatre of war meant that these images often took on a racist nature; not satisfied with just lampooning Emperor Hirohito, they stereotyped and dehumanized the Japanese people as a whole. Comics as propaganda has continued right into the current century.
Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe
After her death, Andy Warhol made several silk-screen images depicting Marilyn Monroe, all sourced from the same publicity photograph, imperfectly reproduced in a myriad of colours and sizes. These images are probably some of the most famous of the entire Pop Art movement.
This image, by Richard Hamilton, like Andy Warhol’s above, was also produced following Marilyn Monroe’s death. It depicts a series of photos of Marilyn Monroe from one photoshoot, which she personally looked over and marked acceptable or not. The markings on the photo, as crass and almost disrespectful as they seem to us now, are her own marks.
This doesn’t refer to an art style, per se, but an artistic movement: that is, comics (or graphic novels) created outside of the mainstream super-hero narrative. They can be dark or funny, sci-fi or autobiographical. They might even include super heroes . . . except reinterpreted. Some famous examples: Persepolis, Ghost World, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Walking Dead.
Art student and MMORPG addict Robert Ng has always been a loner, but he’s recently made it his goal to make more (IRL) friends. Which is how he winds up working nights at Rear Entrance Video, shilling sketchy porn and blowup dolls as a favor to his roommate. The longer he works there, though, the more he realizes he’ll never be truly happy until he becomes the person he is online: his female persona, Bobby.
Bobby is cuter and funnier than Rob is, and a thousand times more popular with boys. Becoming Bobby IRL presents its own set of challenges, though . . . especially when you’re sitting on the fence between two genders, only one of which has caught the attention of your seriously cute customer/classmate.
Dylan Ford is a six-foot Inuit comic book artist who always says what’s on his mind, and screw anyone who doesn’t like it. As rough as he appears, though, Dylan has a soft spot for Rob. But will out-and-proud Dylan still want Rob if he’s not all man?
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Win an e-copy of Rear Entrance Video #1: Apple Polisher! All you have to do is leave a comment on this or any of the other Wallflower tour posts. Each comment counts for another entry, so be sure to follow the entire tour. Just make sure your comment includes a way for me to contact you, be it email, twitter, or facebook. On October 27th, I’ll randomly draw a winner from all the entries who will receive a copy of Apple Polisher in their choice of format. Good luck!
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