Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well, I live in NYC, but I’m originally from Upstate NY. I’ve been drawing male erotica for about 20 years or so and have been married for 25. I started drawing male/male erotica because I grew up in the 80s, the age of the beefcake (remember Jon Eric Hexum in Making of a Male Model?), but there was little to no gay content anywhere to be seen. When I draw I think I’m trying to rectify that in my own little way. I often draw scenes I wish I had seen on a very special episode of Dukes of Hazzard or Chips. My erotic work has lead to a lot of things. I’ve done book covers for various authors as well as having two books of my work published by Bruno Gmunder. Most recently, I finished a collaboration with writer, Dale Lazarov, called “Fast Friends.” It was a departure for me in that it contained a lot of clothed scenes outside of the bedroom, but also included lots of the XXX interactions I love to draw. The “Fast Friends” project has shown me that I’m ready for pieces with a larger scope; work that is sexy, but not necessarily overt sex.
What’s your preferred medium and why?
No. 2 pencil. I really appreciate its workability – you can erase and redraw endlessly unlike some other media. Also, I find that when I look at lots of Renaissance work by the Old Masters, I’m attracted to the pencil sketches more than the finished, painted work. Finally, I think there is something naked about the pencil line – and you can see how that might appeal.
What is your dream project?
Any project that would pay me enough to be able to quit my 9 to 5 job!
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
For a long time, I wanted to be an architect (just like Mike Brady); I even took Mechanical Drawing classes in high school. I nixed it for graphic design when I learned your math skills had to be spot on. I think my love of line work comes from that old dream.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
It wasn’t given to me, but I read something Tom of Finland said once. Basically, he said, if it [your artwork] doesn’t turn me on, I know it doesn’t work. I apply that idea to all my work.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
To be able to live solely on my art as a freelance illustrator. When I say, live, I mean live well as in my husband and I living in Paris – well.
Where does most of your inspiration for your work come from?
Artists like J.C. Leyendecker, Sorayama, Tom of Finland, Alphonse Mucha and many, many others. Their work usually inspires me to try to translate their vision to my hottlead sensibility.
What, in your opinion, is the hardest step in creating a masterpiece?
Where can we reach you if we are interested in commissioning you for our own projects?
It’s best to reach me through the CONTACT page of my website: www.hottlead.com
What are you working on now?
Years ago, I used to release a hottlead calendar fairly regularly. It contained 13 original images (including the cover) based on a particular theme – whatever piqued my interests at the time. I got away from it, because of a million different things – let’s put all that under the umbrella of “life.” I’ve gotten emails and Facebook inquires about my next one, and it got me thinking. My next calendar should be ready for 2015. I’m going to try to make it available by November of this year. I don’t want to give away the theme just yet, but I think people who like my work will appreciate it.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
I would pass on Tom’s “advice,” If it doesn’t “turn you on,” DO NOT draw it. You’ll spend enough of your life doing things you really don’t want to; your art should be YOURS 100%.
Michael Broderick was born in a dreary little burg in upstate New York. Denied modes of expression traditionally enjoyed by his female counterparts, Michael, like most little gay boys stranded in the god-forsaken suburbs, turned to movies and television (and the wealth of homoerotic content therein) for solace until he was able to flee the middle American wasteland, move to New York City, and get a BA in Graphic Art and Drawing from School of Visual Arts.
Michael’s work has appeared in many magazines, including: Men Magazine, Blue and Handjobs. He has twice produced solo books of illustrations and has appeared in two anthologies of erotic art, all published by Bruno Gmünder. His work has been shown in galleries worldwide with solos shows in Philadelphia and Amsterdam. Michael is currently working with writer, Dale Lazarov, on a graphic novel that is slated for an autumn 2014 release.
With every work Michael seeks to conjure images conspicuously absent from mainstream media in an effort to revisit – perhaps re-envision a visual erotic history for those of us who grew up gay in America.
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