Victorian in a Digital World
Sean Platter’s fascination with ornament, symbolism, and antique design forms can be traced back to the grand Victorian homes he saw in neighboring towns while growing up. The overabundance of detail and sense of fantasy appealed to Sean like nothing else. Over time, this fascination developed into an appreciation for decadence, outlandish excess, the exotic, the erotic, and all things macabre.
After getting a degree in Graphic Design at a mid-western college, he moved to Los Angeles in 1984 and began a career in graphic design. It didn’t take long before he found the work boring and restrictive and began looking for work as an illustrator. Sean submitted his portfolio to the art directors of a few gay erotic magazines and was eventually hired as an illustrator of erotic fiction for In Touch for Men and Indulge magazines. He contributed at least one illustration to each of these magazines every month from 1984 to 2005. Each month Sean experimented with new techniques and new styles. It is because of this experimentation in so many different styles that it makes it hard to identify a lot of his work. At the same time, Sean was hired in his first professional job in the television animation industry. Sean is currently working in professional animation and continues as an illustrator for everything from erotic graphic novels to toy packaging.
Sean’s largest erotic project to date is a twisted graphic novel called DEMONICSEX, Satanic Tales of Transformation and Possession with writer/creator Chuck Connor. It started as a 10 page insert in the kink magazine Instigator in 2005, became hugely popular and spawned a five-volume series of graphic novels. It’s the story of a young, blond gym goer’s transformation into a sex-crazed demon and his adventures once transformed. This graphic novel revolutionized gay comics and took the kink underground by storm.
Samples of Sean’s erotic work can be found at his website.
Sean’s influences include Harry Bush, Simon Bisley, Harry Clarke, JC Leyendecker, The Symbolist movement, Orientalist painters, Hindu devotional art from India, decorative art and ornamentation, Byzantine art, and Medieval illuminated manuscripts.