Go To Sleep Boys

Go To Sleep Boys (Read: Go to sleep, boys!) is an illustration project of male erotica, in which  the figures of sleeping naked men overlap to interact erotically with each other and create a stained-glass effect with their bodies, limbs and genitalia. The project consists of a set of illustrations, exploring the ideas of nudity, intimacy and sex in the context of sleep.

Go To Sleep Boys

  • Go To Sleep Boys

  • 2019

  • Personal Project

Intro

In Go To Sleep Boys (GTSB), our well-grown characters cannot get to sleep and have fun instead. The effects of “la petite mort” or little death are a good way to relax and sleep after.

The figure’s names are based on Hypnos, the Greek god of Sleep, and his sons: Morpheus, Phantasos, Oneiros, Phobetor and Ikelos. You can find the meaning of their names below:

  • Morpheus - Shape

  • Hypnos - Sleep

  • Phantasos - Phantasm

  • Oneiros - Dream

  • Phobetor - To Be Feared

  • Ikelos - Resembling

Inspiration

On one hand, Go To Sleep Boys can be considered a spin-off of my previous project Daphnis & Chloe. The illustration no. 7 Daphnis sleeps with Dryas set the grounds to continue exploring the idea of sleep in erotica. In that scene, Daphnis stays over at Chloe parents’ and fantasises with the idea of being sleeping with her beloved when sleeping next to her father. The scene is full of fantasy and erotic tension, but this time I wanted to make more explicit illustrations.

On the other hand, the name of Go To Sleep Boys was inspired by a scene of the 90s film Beautiful Thing, where the two boys sleep together and discover sex. Also it’s the phrase that all parents tell to their children when the night falls, but millennials like me, we stayed up later on our computers watching porn online or chatting with our friends on Messenger.

  • Daphnis sleeps with Dryas

    2017
  • Beautiful Thing

    UK, 1996

Concepts

One of the reasons why I wanted to make a project related to sleep is because I think it’s a very important part for our life and health, just like sex. Sometimes the lack of sleep can cause serious problems and sex and nudity can help to recover our sleeping cycles.

Nudity & Intimacy

Probably sleeping naked is the first symptom of being an inborn naturist. As a naturist, I love sleeping naked and many studies suggest the benefits of such practice. Among others, to sleep naked with your partner reinforce intimacy and enhance sexuality, thanks to the release of oxytocin caused by the direct skin-to-skin contact between adults.

Sleep & Insomnia

Insomnia is the lack of sleep and I have had insomnia to a certain extent since I was a very young man. I dislike taking sleeping pills —which I’ve done several times— because I don’t want to become dependent on them. I always try to set a routine to get my sleep back but it is easily disturbed, e.g.  with going out, staying up a bit later than usual, stress or other emotional states. Insomnia is a real problem for your health and affects many people nowadays due to the exposure to bright light screens, among other causes.

Sex & Little Death

Many people would agree with me if I say that masturbation is a good way to relax before falling asleep. Growing up, I always wanted to have someone to snuggle up to and/or masturbate with in order to sleep. And now that I do have that special person, I was wondering if I could use my personal experience with “la mort douce” in a new project. The ‘little death’ is the sensation after the orgasm, a state resembling death.

Aesthetics

The traditional approach on erotica is based on hiding what is obvious. However, I like the idea of disclosing what is supposed to be hidden or unknown, as a visual present for the observer.

Stained Glass

Effect

On this project, I continue developing the technique of layers for the composition of the scenes. I overlapped the figures resulting in a new range of colour hues and values, like a stained glass.

Atemporality

Effect

I wanted to give to this illustrations a sense of atemporality, where past, present and future happen simultaneously. In fact, you can read these illustrations in 3 different ways:

  • Before the little death: the boys are having sex in the present.
  • After the little death: the boys have had sex in the past.
  • The boys are asleep and currently waking up aroused.

Body Hair

Discovery

During the development of Go To Sleep Boy, a new discovery for me is the visual interest of body hair. Many people have a strong opinion or preference about others’ body hair but honestly I bet for self confidence and body empowerment. I usually like the body hair that each person decides to “wear”. Typically people think that naturists don’t groom their body hair as part of living “au naturel” but that isn’t true. In a naked body, the body hair is the last layer that protects and/or connects us to nature.

Process

  1. Sketch male figures separately
  2. Compose scene with tracing paper
  3. Ink sketches separately
  4. Merge ink drawings digitally
  5. Colour digitally the scene
  6. Add body hair pattern

Morpheus

Sketch

Hypnos

Sketch

Morpheus

Ink Drawing

Hypnos

Ink Drawing

Morpheus & Hypnos

Colouring

Morpheus & Hypnos

Colouring Test

Morpheus & Hypnos

Phantasos & Oneiros

Phobetor & Icelos

At the beginning of this project, there is a set of only 3 illustrations. There might be more in the future, considering the sons of Hypnos, the Oneiroi, are more than one thousand, according to the Ancient Greeks.

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Go To Sleep Boys

Phobetor & Ikelos

👱🏽‍♂️👨‍❤️‍👨👨🏾 Phobetor & Ikelos. Phobetor means ‘To Be Feared’. Ikelos means ‘Resembling’, resembling to death. Once again, the ‘petite mort’ or little death concept, liking sleep, sex and death. .
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Go To Sleep Boys

Phantasos & Oneiros

👱🏼‍♂️👨‍❤️‍👨👨🏾Phantasos & Oneiros. Their names are inspired by two sons of Greek god Hypnos. Phantasos means ‘phantasm’ and Oneiros means ‘dream’. Thanks to them we have words like phantasmagoric (dreamlike, as a fantasy) or oneiric (related to dreams).

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Hypnos

Sketches

🧔🏽Hypnos. Named after the Greek god, it means ‘sleep’. His twin brother is Thanatos (Peaceful Death), which means that the ‘little death’ is related to him. The little death is the sensation after the orgasm, a state resembling death.
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Go To Sleep Boys

Censored

🔞😴😴 Go To Sleep Boys (Read: Go to sleep, boys! Swipe to see uncensored version and sketches). Sleeping naked men overlap to interact erotically with each other and create a stained-glass effect. With this project I’m exploring the ideas of nudity, intimacy and sex in the context of sleep. #GTSB .
🖼 Morpheus & Hypnos. Visit marlonlorenty.com for more information and see the full images before being posted on @marlon.lorenty. Prints available soon.

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Morpheus

Sketches

👨🏻‍🦰 Morpheus. It means ‘shape’. He sleeps naked and sometimes he has wet dreams, specially when Hypnos (sleep) is there. Here you have a couple of sketches for the design of this character. .
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Go To Sleep Boys

Sneak Peek

😴😴 Go To Sleep Boys (Read: Go to sleep, boys!). Sleeping naked men overlap to interact erotically with each other and create a stained-glass effect. With this project I’m exploring the ideas of nudity, intimacy and sex in the context of sleep. #GTSB .

Go To Sleep Boys

Sketches

Work in progress. New project: Go To Sleep Boys.

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