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A Guy, A Girl, A Gun and...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

...a big brass bed!?



There's certainly no denying both the exotic, sexual symbolism and the pleasing compositional elements a big brass bed brings to the design of an illustration. Robert Jones and plenty of others have proved that point.
But as a reoccurring motif in a series of spy/detective novels?

I suppose in the context of that early 70's vaselined-lens Penthouse pictorial period in American pop culture it might have worked, but from a modern perspective it comes across as sort of comical.

I mean, sure, we expect tough-guy heroes to do some serious bedroom excercising, always with a gun under the pillow, but the thought of a guy who uses the bedroom as an office and regularly winds up with a corpse as a floor mat just makes me snicker.

McGinnis images once again courtesy of Ken Steacy.

2 comments

  1. An interesting addition: girl, wicker, and perhaps a gun...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkvision/search/tags:wicker/

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  2. I think this article is perfect for men and also everybody can do the own criteria about this article, I know some women could feel sad with that.

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