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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.