Friday, September 28, 2012

Just You and Me

I loved this picture when I found it the other day, and almost immediately, I thought of a story to go with it.  I love exploring what happens after a narrative.  How does a character cope with the way he or she changed (not just in this genre of erotic fiction, but also in more mainstream stories)?  And so, from time to time, I like to explore that.  I hope you all like it!



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Extinction of the Japanese Man



The Extinction of the Japanese Man
A Brief History
 
For centuries, Japanese culture had been dominated by very rigid gender roles which accentuated aggresive masculinity in men and submissive femininity in women.  But late in the twentieth century, that began to change.  Was the inevitible rejection of those gender roles a product of rebellion?  Or was it a response to a changing world?  Perhaps we'll never know. 
 
By the beginning of the twenty-first century, young Japanese men had begun to experiment with makeup, feminine hair styles, and traditionally feminine jewelry (such as earrings). 
 
 
 
A striking trend began to develop as well.  Many of these men, dubbed Herbivores men, began to lose interest in sex.  They were passive and non-competitive (almost to an extreme).  It was the beginning of the end of the Japanese man.
 
By 2020, young Japanese men had adopted many feminine accoutrements, such as long hair, makeup, and tight, revealing clothing.  Of course, their elders rejected the new trends. 
 

 
But in the bedroom is where masculinity is won or lost.  Disinterested in traditional sex, many Japanese men began to branch out (at the urging of wives and girlfriends).  It wasn't uncommon for toys to play a very significant role in many marraiges and other relationships.
 
As the years passed, the Japanese man sank further and further into femininity.  The once-vocal elders had given up the fight as hopeless.  They were old and tired.  And the boys seemed happy.  Who were they to judge? 
 
It wasn't just clothing (girlish though it was).  It was more than that; mannerisms, demeanor, and comportment had slowly but surely changed over the years. 
 
 
When did traditional vaginal intercourse become abnormal?  It's hard to pinpoint an exact time, but by 2030, seventy-four percent of men under thirty had never used their penis in that manner.  Instead, the average sexual encounter between a Japanese man and woman involved nothing so much as oral sex and the occasional sex toy.
 
By 2040, Japanese men had begun to devlop breasts.  Some admitted to surgery.  Others were honest about taking female hormones.  But some claimed to have devloped them naturally.  It wasn't terribly widespread, but it wasn't uncommon either. 
 
 
Even the athletes by this point had eschewed the traditional view of masculinity. 
 
As time passed, more and more Japanese men came of age knowing nothing but the current incarnation of manhood.  Soft.  Pretty.  Submissive. 
 
 
Of course, sex continued to evolve, and by 2052, ninety-two percent of all Japanese males under 40 considered anal stimulation more normal than penile stimulation.
 
Society expected them to be quiet and submissive, and they complied.  Did it matter that they had adopted it themselves rather than have it forced upon them?  Perhaps it made the societal pressures more potent, the cultural mores more rigid.
 
By 2059, though, a new movement had begun.  The Japanese male was unabashedly feminine, yes, but more and more young men had decided to take control.  He would take control.  He would get what he wanted.  He would be dominant.
 
 
The years of feminization had taken its toll, though.  The vast majority of Japanese males had never known anything else.  They knew of their culture's past, but to them, it was barely real.  And so, the rebellions attitude went in the other direction - hyper-femininity. 
 
By 2070, the Japanese man was gone.  In his place was the curvy, busty, uninhibited Japanese male. 
 
 
 
 
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I love the idea of this alternate history simply because it's based in some level of reality.  Simply Google "Herbivores Japanese Men" and you will see that the beginning of this story is at least partially true.  Do I take it to an extreme?  Of course, but it is Japan - anything can happen there.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sissy Caption - It's All About the Music


My Process

I've gotten a couple of emails asking about my process on the recent Robin, the Boi Wonder post.  So I guess I'll take you all through it. 
 
First, this is the picture I started with:
 
 
 
 
I'm not sure where I got it, but it's been sitting on my hard drive for quite a long time.  Anyway, I went to work modifying it with the intention of using it for one of my typical captions.  The goal was to make it look realistic.  This is what I ended up with:
 
 
As you can see, I removed the breasts, narrowed the waist, removed the panties, and got rid of that long hair.  After a little while of trying to decide what to do with the picture, I decided that I wanted to try to make a comic book caption.    So I went to work. 
 
I decided to increase the contrast and change some colors around.  Originally, it was intended to follow the Robin's normal color scheme.  I would have played a little mroe with the chest if I hadn't decided to go with the comic idea.
 
 
 
Then, I changed the texture of the body.
 
 
After that, I added some gloves.  These things actually gave me fits.  I almost gave up when it came to this.  But I kept at it, and eventually, I got the shape right.  This is when I started to think that mabye changing to a black and white color scheme would be better.
 
 
Then I added in the shorts, which I got from an advertisement for some boy shorts.  This is the source for those:
 
 
And this is the picture after they were added:
 
 
I was actually really pleased with how well they fit into the picture.  This is when I started to really get excited.  I knew that I had a long way to go, but I also knew that it had potential.  So the next order of business was to add a utility belt.  A simple Google search gave me this:
 
 
I know.  I was suprised that someone would actually create something like that.  But to each their own, I suppose.  I certainly can't judge anyone, given my particular interests.  I was still doing this with every intention of making a semi-realistic looking painting, so real objects were the key.  It took a while to get it to fit right, and eventually I had to remove the pouches, but after liberal shading, I achieved the look I wanted.  This is the result:
 
 
Oh, but what kind of Robin would he be without a cape?  The cape came from scratch.  It was created via a blend of shapes, manual panting, and shading.  At this point, I abandoned the idea of a color painting.  I could have muted the colors, and I had every intention of fixing the skin tones, but I don't know - I just wasn't happy with the way it looked.  I liked the shapes, but I just didn't care much for the way the garish colors.  Anyway, I added the Robin symbol (taken from a quick Google search), and painted a mask.  This is what it looked like:
 
 
After I made the picture black and white, I decided to accent the edges a bit.  To do this, I applied various Photoshop filters, and I changed the background a little.  I spent probably an hour changing the image from the previous color photo to the one below:
 
 
Still, I wasn't happy.  It needed more definition.  So I loaded the picture into Adobe Illustrator, and I went to work.  This took me far longer than I expected (I only wanted to do a quick outline overlay), but when I got done, I was astounded by how cool it looked.  This is what it looked like after my first pass with Illustrator:
 
 
I'm a bit of a perfectionist.  Most of you probably know that by now.  So while that picture probably would have sufficed, I wasn't satisfied.  So I went back to work.  I spent way longer doing this than I anticipated, but after hours bouncing back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator, I arrived at the following:
 
 
Then I went to work definining the edges a little more.  I really wanted the image to pop.  So I changed the color scheme a little to add depth, and I added some contrast.  This was the final image before adding the comic book cover stuff:
 
 
And then, of course, I added a bar code, the DC emblem, and the Robin logo, all of which came from a comic book cover I downloaded after a Google search.  The Robin logo actually took a little time, because I had to change the color, and remove the background.  Then, I decided to tidy up the background.
 
So, after all of that, I came up with the final image, which I posted already.   For the sake of the continuity of the progession, here it is again:
 
 
So there you have it.  That's how I did it. 
 
I've never considered myself a great artist.  I've always been able to draw reasonably well, and I think I do a pretty good job with my photo modificaitons.  But this is far more elaborate and ambitious than anything I had done previously.  It really turned out quite well, when it was all said and done.
 
Starting from scratch probably would have been easier, but beginning with a model allowed me to learn a lot more about both Photoshop and Illustrator than I otherwise would have.  And that's the point of me doing this; I want to master them.
 
I think I'm getting closer everyday.
 
Now, as to my animated GIF work, I don't generally modify them much (aside from resizing and adding backgrounds).  It's far too time-consuming to change things frame by frame when some of these things have upwards of 100 frames.  That said, I did that with one of them - my recent post entitled Phase One .  It wasn't a long GIF - only about two dozen frames - so I figured I could modify each one, and get something passable. 
 
I hesitate to show the Before GIF because after you've seen it, you probably won't be able to ignore my modifications.  But I was asked, so...
 

As you can see, the model had quite large breasts to contend with.  The caption I envisioned required that the subject be flat chested (as in, not quite into the complete feminization phase yet), and I was curious as to how difficult it would be to make a cohesive GIF with modifications.  So I went to work on it.

It took a couple of hours, but this is the result.  I removed the breasts, frame by frame, while adding in extra tiles in the background.  the only thing that didn't really turn out was the shadow.  It moves a little too much.  Either way, I liked it.  Here is the changed GIF:

 
Of course, the original GIF wasn't really looped, so I made mirrors of each frame, and applied them in reverse order, making an endless loop.  In addition, I altered the playback to actually play continuously.
 
Finally, I added the background and the caption:
 

Generally, I don't add decorations to my backgrounds on GIFs; usually doing so makes them take too much memory.  But this one seemed special, and it wasn't a terribly big file.  So I went a little crazy. 

It's really not that hard to modify GIFs; it just takes a lot of time and an attention to detail.  Generally speaking, I don't really have hours to work on this stuff, so modified GIFs will be few and far between. That said, I won't rule it out for the future. 

Oh - I was asked what program I use to do my modifications.  It's always Photoshop CS5.  I might play with Illustrator a bit in special circumstances, but generally, it's just Photoshop.

Anyway, I hope that is enlightening to you all who wanted to know more.  And for those who didn't, I hope I didn't bore you to death.  Thanks again for being interested and for being fans. 

Ah, I almost forgot!  The Feminized Husbands story is coming along.  It's actually going to be a little longer than I originally intended (got carried away), but I've finished the outline, and written the introduction.  I don't know when it will be finished, but I wanted to provide an update for those of you who are really looking forward to it.
 
 
 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Robin, the Boi Wonder

I owe this post to Chirenon over at Male Protection, who inspired me to create it.  He recently did a post about a few superheroes having a bit of fun.  You can find it HERE

Now, as you all know, I like to accentuate the femininity of the boys in my work.  So, while I loved the idea behind that particular post, the muscular, masculine boy really isn't my cup of tea.  Still, I did enjoy the idea behind it. 

Most of all, though, it got me thinking aabout doing something I've wanted to do for a while now,but just haven't had the time.  I love character of Robin from the DC universe.  Or maybe it's just that I like the idea of him.  I don't know that much about the character, really.  I've just seen a lot of artwork and stories depicting him in quite a feminine fashion.  And I've always wanted to do something with that idea.  So, I guess without further ado, here is my comic book cover of Robin.


I have to say that I'm incredibly pleased with how it turned out.  It's a simple, powerful image of the boy wonder that shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's changed from the athletic, muscular man we all know into something a little bit...curvier. 

I imagine that the story would follow Robin as he deals with the change while trying to continue his life as Robin.  Of course, my mind being what it is, I can't help but think that his changing body would be accompanied by certain needs.

I love this piece simply because of its versatility.  You can apply the circumstance that the picture implies to nearly anything.  It could even work in the Omar Bell Universe (another plan I had originally was to show various superheroes as they dealt with the OBU Great Change). 

So what do you all think?  How would the story go if you were writing it? 

Feminization Caption - Phase One

This marks a first for me.  While I didn't create this GIF from scratch, I did modify it frame by frame.  Do I think it's my best work?  Certainly not.  But I am proud of the sheer effort and time it took to get a passable product.  Either way, suspend your disbelief, and I hope you enjoy it.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Evolving Male Body

As I'm sure many of you are aware, I've been experimenting with some new things lately.  Captioned animated GIFs are the most obvious example, of course.  I've always been fascinated with creating motion captions; I even tried to make a short (3-5 minute) video in the style of TG Tales, but it didn't work out all that well.  I was quite pleased with the creative aspects of it, but the technical side just didn't quite click with me.  I'm just not that versed in video editing.  But I found myself wanting to put my characters in motion more and more; I've even considered trying to learn how to create real animation (and still may at some point) from scratch.  That, however, is a little more time consuming than I want to get into at this point.  So animated GIFs are my happy medium.  I get to use a program I'm very familiar with (Photoshop), learn something new (GIFs are much harder to deal with than static pictures), and give you all a fun, moving picture. 

The other thing I've been working on lately is creating more artistic pictures, using existing photographs as a base or as a reference.  A good example of this is the Men's Fashion post I did a few days ago.  I'm not altogether happy with how a couple of them turned out, but it wasn't bad when I consider how little experience I have with such projects.  Still, I hope to get better.  And that brings me to today's post, entitled

The Evolving Male Body

Our idea of physical beauty is forever changing.  It is fluid, reacting to cultural pressures and societal norms, among other things.  Of course, these changes are often gradual and go largely unnoticed.  But recently, they have occured so quickly that one would have to be blind not to notice...

By 1995, man had reached the pinnacle of traditional masculinity.  Size and strength were the order of the day, and men worked to accentuate their natural musculature.  In addition, very few men chose to remove body hair, and many wore beards.  The result was an entire population of hulking, hair brutes. 

It is important to note that, in that time, a large penis was considered desirable.  Men often even bragged about how big they were.  Other, less well-endowed men were ashamed of what they considered their shortcomings.
 
 
 

At the turn of the century, however, times had started to change.  While many still equated bulging muscles with male attractiveness, many men had come to accept that a smooth, hairless body (and face) was far more attractive than the hairy bodies of the past.  In addition, perception of penile size had begun to change as well.  The "bigger is better" mantra of the past had become "not too big..."


 
 
The most dramatic change occured between the years 2000-2020.  Many people wonder what caused it; some say it was Hollywood.  Others say it was a natural evolution (hastened by science).  Still others claim that it was a conspiracy perpetrated by rich, powerful women who envisioned a gynarchy.  Whatever the case, the ideal man was completely and irrevocably changed by 2020.

Gone were the muscled men of yesteryear, and in their places were slim, petite, and soft men.  Size was no longer considered an attractive quality, and so, men everywhere worked to adapt.  Surgery, radical diets, and strict exercise regimens were the tools of men who weren't lucky enough to rely on nature to do the work. 



 
In 2031, the world truly changed.  Finally, science had caught up with our ideas.  The genetic engineering age had dawned.  There were limits, of course; a person still had to work to achieve the body he or she truly wanted.  Genetic engineering, however, provided the opportunity for fundamental changes in body type. 
 
For nearly a decade, men had worked to become smaller, daintier, more petite...but now, they could choose their size (within a predetermined genetic range).  More importantly, they could choose their shape.  And science finally gave them what nature couldn't - curves. 
 
 

Looking back, the next step seemed inevitable. It began as a sign that a man was willing to take over child rearing duties, that he didn't mind if a woman was the breadwinner.  He was progressive.  He would even breastfeed if necessary.  And so, to show how commited he was, the progressive man obtained breasts.  It became so popular, in fact, that by the middle of the century, nearly every man in America had breasts. 
 
The penis had become almost an afterthought.  So long as it was functional, it didn't matter how big it was.  In fact, the smaller the bulge, the better.
 
 
 
And so, that's where we are in the world of male beauty.  From huge, hairy brutes to petite, soft angels.  How will the world change next?





Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sissy Caption - Don't Want to Bulk Up


Gender Role Reversal - Men's Fashion

I generally limit my posting to once per day, but I'm in a really good mood tonight, so you all are getting a look at a series that I've been working on for the last few days.  I'm not sure how any of this is going to go over, so I guess I'll just dive right in.

Following is a short history of men's workplace fashion. 

From the early 20th century until the early 21st century, male fashion remained relatively unchanged.  Suits consisted of a jacket, collared shirt, tie, and flat shoes.  Sometimes, men would wear vests as well.  Hair was typically worn short, and men often wore beards and mustaches.  Depilation was practically nonexistant until the early part of the 21st century, when men began to prefer smooth chests, backs, and legs.
 

 As the 21st century wore on, men's fashion began to change subtly (as did the idea of the ideal male physique - more on that later).  The key differences, aside from a different cut to accentuate the changing male body, were a lack of a tie, and the addition of high-heeled shoes.  Very few men wore mustaches or beards, and most considered body hair removal a part of their normal daily routine.  In addition, long hair became a popular style.
 By 2036, most men eschewed the traditional collared shirt in favor of a more revealing, low-cut blouse.  Long hair, high heels, and the afore-mentioned grooming habits continued to be popular, and many men began to use makeup to hide facial flaws and blemishes. 














By the middle of thet 21st century, the skirt had become a necessary part of the male wardrobe.  In fact, skirts and dresses, by this point, were worn almost exclusively by men.  Women had long since abandoned the garments in favor of more comfortable, practical clothing.  In addition, men had begun to wear flashier, more decorative jewelry.   Finally, it became almost impossible to find a man who hadn't taken steps to permanently halt facial and body hair growth.












 

Until the mid-2060s, men had favored relatively colorless attire.  However, that changed almost overnight when men began to wear skirts and dresses in every color imaginable.  By this point, the modern businessman had completely abandoned the notion of wearing trousers.  The traditional suit was buried in the past.



 
 

 
Twenty years later, the modern man had completely tossed aside the conservative, knee-length skirts of the past in favor of the flirty, masculine styles we know today.