Almost two decades ago Corey Wesley was in a popular New York City store that sold gay-themed merchandise, Rainbows and Triangles. He was drawn to a greeting card called “El Diablo,” depicting a man tied up in a chair being overcome by a devilish creature. Fast forward to today and he still has that card. The image had a lot of meaning for him. It was a time when Corey was going through a lot of self discovery of going out, meeting friends, while being in a relationship. The devil was like the whispers of friends and others tempting him to explore other avenues.
Corey decided to see if Drub, the artist is still active. Drub is still creating art so Corey reached out to this talented artist to express his appreciation and to learn more about his work.
Based in San Diego, Drub has produced hundreds of illustrations, focusing on scenes involving subcultures, the working class, and kinky sexuality. His work is done in a comic book style, with bright colors and solid quality of line. He manages his style in a less exaggerated manner and focuses in on a more human element and breathes life into each piece, which is sexy and humorous at the same time.
Drub began making art at age 2 and has been making erotic art since 15. He left home at 17 and attended Kansas City Art Institute where he was told that no one would buy his work. He has proved them wrong time and time again. He is best known for works that focus on homomasculine archetypes such as skinheads, punks, truckers, plumbers, skaters, devils and rubbermen.
Drub is a passionate and dedicated artist. He has been creating art for over 25 years and his process lends itself to continuing his work. He may have an image haunting his brain or it may come in a dream. He gets it out first with paper and pencils and then works toward making the image digital. Drub is an avid people watcher so regularly pulls elements from what he sees around him into his artwork. He also enjoys receiving feedback from his fans and viewers of his art who may interpret things in different ways.
Drub said he doesn’t believe his work is original since there is other work out there like his but his viewpoint is original. What makes him stand out is that he ensures when he produces a piece that all the characters are having a great time which makes the image more accessible. “You attract more flies with honey than vinegar,” said Drub. Whether it be a grin or the “gay male gaze” the characters are pleasing each other and giving one another joy. “It’s all about bringing joy to people,” said Drub. There is a human element to his illustrations and he wants his artwork to be sexy and make people happy.
If you’re not sure what distinguishes fetish art from erotic art, Drub says that fetish art is about the specific acts that might be portrayed, such as water sports, spanking, fisting, etc. whereas erotic art is where the sizzle happens and is the overall presentation of capturing that moment. It’s the friction between the two. We would say that Drub uses both very well and to his advantage.
In addition to his illustrations, Drub does commissioned work for clients. When he works with clients for a commissioned piece he explores their interests through an interview process to make sure what he can offer dovetails with their interests and so that he can translate that interest to paper.
When asked which of his pieces resonates most with him Drub is quick to say that his works are like his children. So much of what he’s done or connected with over the years is represented in his art that it is difficult to pinpoint just one that he’s most proud of. Interestingly the card that Corey still has was his first piece to sell out.
Drub understands that a lot of people who like his art have limited income. $250 for a print is great price. And he sells less expensive items on his Society6 page where you’ll find not only prints but t-shirts and household accessories from throw pillows to duvet covers to mugs and note cards, all are great conversation starters. Drub said, “If you like an artist’s work, you should support them while they are alive.”
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