Sissydude Artwork & Things

IT’S A DIARY OF OBSESSION & REPETITION IN LIFE… @SISSYDUDE on INSTAGRAM

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So I really love my digital diary on Instagram… posting images (taken by myself mostly) keeps my creative juices flowing and informs me of my obsessions (#frombehind, #sebby, #fromtheside, #makingoutfits, #fromthefront) and my daily routines. I’m never on any expensive tropical vacation or showing off my (non-existent) 8 pack at the gym. I’m pretty much hanging with my cat Sebastian, making outfits at work and taking pictures of men on the street. You will seriously learn more about me here than at Sissydude.com. One Sissydude follower actually messaged me to tell me how boring I was. Well, fuck him! I’m definitely not “exciting” but I know damn well I’m not boring, thank you very much. XXXO
Check @sissydude out HERE

Off to a wedding…

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QUEERS WERE HERE cover by JOHN SISSYDUDE WEBSTER

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QUEERS WERE HERE is being released on June 21st. I did the front cover illustration collage/ design. The book is edited by Robin Ganev & RJ Gilmour, featuring lovely stories by various writers/visual artists including friends Maurice Vellekoop, Gordon Bowness and Derek McCormack. Check it out…

In the twenty-first century, Canada has a reputation for being one of the most gay-friendly nations on earth, a pioneer in legalizing same-sex marriage, and home to enormously popular Pride parades. Yet Canada was not always so hospitable to its gay and lesbian citizens. Homosexuality was only decriminalized in Canada in 1969 and remained socially stigmatized for many years. Queers Were Here: Heroes & Icons of Queer Canada will tell personal stories to illuminate the enormous social changes that have transformed sexuality in Canada. A celebration of queer identity, this book will look back in order to look forward. The book will appeal not only to LGBTQ audiences but also to anyone who wants to re-examine Canada’s history and culture with fresh eyes.

BOOK AVAILABLE @ BIBLIOASIS various book stores and AMAZON


FYI: JOHN SISSYDUDE WEBSTER’S TEN “VALENTINE CANDY BOX” PORTRAITS for 10×10… NOW SHOWING!

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Here are my 10 portraits from my “Valentine Candy Box” series in this year’s 10×10 exhibit. I made them using various vintage elements, a glue gun and taking the subjects’ photos with my iPhone. Show is open to the public starting today June 9th. The 10×10 Exhibit runs from June 9- Aug 18 @ THE GLADSTONE HOTEL. In Toronto? Please check it out! Reception and book launch on Thurs, June 30, 7pm: INFO HERE!

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01: Juul Haalmeyer/ costume designer

Juul Haalmeyer is an iconic costume designer, terrible dancer, mediocre singer and an accomplished bad actor who has happily pulled the wool over so many eyes for oh so many years. He has designed frocks for every Canadian show you can think of… from “The Pig And Whistle” to “SCTV”.

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02: Nicholas Collette/ filmmaker

Nicholas is a filmmaker and producer. Born in New Brunswick, he now lives and works in Toronto. Joaquin Phoenix made him gay.

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03: Ian Phillips/ Illustrator

Ian’s artistic persuasion was discovered in his teens, working as chief ribbon clerk at Simpson-Sears. His love of people brought him to Toronto where he furthered his art training, supporting himself by making salad dressings at many famous restaurants. Ian says his life has been full of wonderful surprises.

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04: Bobby Beckett/ Event Coordinator & professional drag queen wrangler

Bobby is a queer Trans community activist and second generation Torontonian. Bobby was the outspoken owner of The Henhouse and is currently working as the artistic curator for Pride Toronto. Bobby also enjoys long walks on beaches, rough trade, dance parties, coloring books and cats.

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05: Lulu Wei/ photographer & filmmaker

Lulu Wei is a QPOC filmmaker/photographer/cyclist based in Toronto. She creates visually and aurally stimulating content (when life doesn’t get in the way). If she’s not glued to a camera, she’s subverting the ad industry from within, giving into her FOMO, DJing, or exploring the other side of the world.

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06: Matthew Simpson/ Crafter

Matthew, Plaid Alf Records Five Dress Shirts Hamburgers Socks Ketchup Peanut Butter Bowling Balloons Foreskin Ballet T2125 Trains Planes Bicycles Thesaurus Tea Fruitcake Uranus Embroidery Halfway there, Hurr Him She and They Miami Sneakers Beans Steam-eh Capricorn YEAR I love you, I know Thank you.

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07: Alexander Barattin/ Illustrator

Alexander is an illustrator. He loves drawing, crafting and taking out too many books from the library and then forgetting to return them on time; he is currently teaching himself how to quilt. His biggest pet peeve is when people take those little stickers off of fruit and stick them all over their fridge.

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08: Craig Dominic/ DJ

Craig Dominic has been DJing across the city for over 8 years. He can currently be found at Crews & Tangos and other hotspots. He can also currently be found daydreaming of a utopian society where no one has ever heard of Lady Gaga.

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09: Allysin Chaynes/ Drag Performer

Allysin Chaynes is a Toronto drag performer, of the reputed House of Filth, spanning from the Wild West End to the church street village and beyond. Priding herself in a range of skills from balloon animals to stage magic to comedy to waggling her chin around to songs. Allysin reminds you to tip generously and spay and neuter your pets.

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10: Jonathan Crombie/ Actor

When Jonathan Crombie was little he knew Santa Claus was a lie, yet he staunchly believed in the Easter Bunny. He grew up to play the Tooth Fairy and marry a Jew. Jonathan was a TV heartthrob, Stratford actor, “Ishtar” defender, Broadway star, and fan of the mustard at Artie’s.

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John Webster was born in Brandon, Manitoba in 1964. He grew up in Winnipeg, Vancouver & Miserysauga. He graduated from OCA in 1987. He’s been a creative boy all his life. Highlights include Bic pen/Hilroy scribbler illustrations of ladies in puffy dresses (1970s), chess pawn “Ice Capades” (1974), tennis racket playing singer for rock group Candy Cane (1974), The Brontes, Disney animation series pilot (2001-2004).
He has had several solo exhibits in Toronto and group shows in NYC & LA. John is currently creating “The Most Beautiful Dress In The World”. He lives in Parkdale with his awesome cat Sebastian.

The artist wishes to thank all the subjects who took time to pose for the photo collages. A big thank you to Jenn, Grant, Erin and Lisa for their encouragement and help along the way. A very special thank you to Juul Haalmeyer for your enthusiastic generosity. Love you all! XXXO Sissydude

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10×10 INFO: Now in its sixth year, 10X10 has become a staple in visual art programming during Toronto’s Pride celebrations. Join this year’s group of ten Canadian queer photographers in celebrating one hundred LGBTQ Canadians who have contributed to the arts! Featured photographers this year are: HEARTBEATS (Vivek Shraya & Karen Campos Castillo), John Webster, Adam Zivo, Richard Rhyme, James Fowler, Wynne Neily, Gun Rose, N. Maxwell Lander, Damian Siqueiros, and Kelly McCray.


HEY TORONTO: SISSYDUDE DANCE MIX ’16!!! FRIDAY MAY 13th!!! @ THE STEADY…

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One more time… with FEELING!!! VERY EXCITED about SISSYDUDE DANCE MIX ’16. Join me, DJ Phil V & very special guest Beardoncé! This is a one-night-only type gig so get in while it’s hot. Lipdick cocktail specials (Hello SISSYDUDE SLING!), drag, Sissydude/ Tumblr vibes in real time.

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Check out DANCING PHIL’S YOU TUBE MAGIC HERE!

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SISSYDUDE WORK IN PROGRESS: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DRESS IN THE WORLD

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If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to lately and why I’m mostly posting naked men and not as much eclectic retro/ vintage stuff as I used too… well, it’s because I’m actually busy using my mind and making my own art. I’m being analog! Thought I’d share this work in progress. I’ve been slowly working on it for like 8 months (with 1 year or more of procrastination). It’s called “The Most Beautiful Dress In The World.” I’m loving how it’s evolving so far. I’m working with a ton of beautiful vintage items like Victorian/ Edwardian lace, 1920’s beadwork, 20th Century feathers, silk flowers, velvets, Christmas decorations etc. So lucky to work with such beautiful pieces courtesy of my boss man and friend Juul Haalmeyer.

I kinda know what the piece is all about but I won’t share my thoughts until it’s finished. I’m also working on 10 (on #7 as we speak) vintage Valentine candy box collages for 10X10, a photographic group show in Toronto (during Pride Week). I’m really busy being creative… and it feels so GREAT.

If you’re interested in what I’m up to and want to see pics of me and Sebby (((daily))) just follow me on Instagram @sissydude. XXXO J

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GODDESS BLESS US EVERYONE!

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CREATIVE MISSTEP: “THE FORCE IS GOING BACK TO SLEEP”

 

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“Who are you?”
“An Arizona “America… Fuck Yeah/ STAR WARS!” can design.”

Sunday has been a weird day of spending too much time on Photoshop and making this fucking monster. I had so much fun making the Poe Dameron collage last night so I thought I’d take a stab at another. Milner’s Blog had a heap of Force Awakens character pngs… huge downloadable files and just waiting to be played with.

So, I decided I would use some of the same elements as I did for “Poe” and get every character in there… with a focus on Rey. It was just one of those days where nothing was really coming together but I pushed myself through and kept on going. I knew I wanted to add sticky gold stars, vintage roses and ferns (no clue why) and vintage Star Wars bubblegum card stickers…

I had a bad feeling about it from the start. Kinda glad I kept doing it though and the results (for me) are pretty hilarious.

So if Disney & Arizona need to decorate a can of 99 cent BB-8 Berry Blast sugar water… HERE IS THE PERFECT IMAGE JUST FOR THEM!


POE DAMERON collage @ SISSYDUDE ART & ILLUSTRATION…

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A little Star Wars geekin’ tonight w/ hottie Oscar “Poe Dameron” Isaac… made a digital collage (it’s been a while). Cathartic vintage flowers and shit!!!

You can check out my art @ JOHN SISSYDUDE ART & ILLUSTRATION via FACEBOOK & TUMBLR.


HEY, BTW… I’M ON INSTAGRAM! @SISSYDUDE

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I joined Instagram a few years ago and only posted 3 shots. I didn’t touch it again until April when I started sharing pics of my NYC trip. Now I’m hooked. If you want to know what I do with my days this is were to go. It’s not “SUPER EXCITING” and there aren’t any cocks or hairy holes! It’s just me and my cat Sebastian… pictures of things I collect and my @frombehind series of photos. Check it out! XXXO J

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sissydude in hats @ homemade tarts

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buddy bacall (and me) workin’ my 3 or 4 year old easter bonnet

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: AMY SEDARIS posted SISSYDUDE’S “JOAN CRAWFORD ZINNIA” on her INSTAGRAM today! YAY!!!!

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Check out Amy’s Instagram HERE!
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Thanks JP & J. BONES! xoxo


GODDESS BLESS US EVERYONE!!! XXXO SISSYDUDE

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re-arranged living room on a sunny saturday morning…

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today… me and sebastian in the kitchen

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made a pretty wolf cub hat for DAVID MOOK’S “royal ascot hat party in the park”

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in my room… it’s all in the details.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 3.44.38 PMSo, my new kitty Sebastian is the sweetest thing ever… and he’s a total monster too! Love him. My recently deceased loves Kiki & Joe never broke things… and I have a lot of breakable things. I broke more than they ever did. Sebastian loves to jump on anything… anytime… all the time. Lamps have fallen (the ones you see here), scarves and curtains ripped, ceramic pig (and other ceramics) broke to bits. So, after a couple of months living together he seems to be calming down slightly. During this time I’ve been moving things around in the bedroom. Changing things up a bit. I got rid of my headboard and foot board that I’ve had for like 20 years. My bed is now on the ground like it was when I was a teen. I’m kind of loving it. I think Sebastian and I have found our groove together. So let me take you on an “intimate” tour of my bedroom (Sebastian’s playroom) …

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JOHN SISSYDUDE WEBSTER ART & ILLUSTRATION! NOW on TUMBLR & FACEBOOK!

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For those who care… I have started a Tumblr & Facebook group for my ART & ILLUSTRATION. I found that after a few years with my own artist website… nobody was visiting! So I removed the site and simply went to Tumblr & Facebook, places people are always present… where they share things. Please join the groups if you like my artistic stuff (and tell your art director friends)! XO

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“It’s an easy way to see what I’m up to creatively (clients & personal) and to contact me with your thoughts and/or creative needs.”

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lost in my bedroom (beware… sissydude’s dirty bits)

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I’m so lost lately… working odd jobs… applying for “real” jobs (and not getting any of them) and really wanting a creative life more than anything. No job and no money isn’t a very good mix on your self esteem. I feel very un-dateable at the moment (is that even a word?). And I’m turning the BIG FIVE OH on August 28th!

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I’ve never felt that attractive and frequently think I’m not. This afternoon I felt kinda HOT… but alone. So I took these snaps. I used to snap myself a lot during the Sissydude Tumblr years and then I just stopped… cold. I always thought if you’re gonna post other guys naked all the time then it’s only fair you do it too. So here you go… enjoy or turn away. XO

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styled some vintage “outfits” for display & a cute visitor comes to call @ kingpin chic

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OFF TO DECORATE for SISSYDUDE NIGHT!

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FUCK YEAH ELLEN PAGE!

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Inspired by HBO’s ‘GIRLS’ : GIRLS VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS!!! NINE MORE!!!

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I absolutely LOVE HBO’s GIRLS… and since it will soon be that dreaded Valentine’s Day, I decided this year to make cute Victorian-like cards of Hannah & the gang. I’ve made six eight Seventeen! I think the juxtaposition of quotes from the show and all the flowers, lace and hearts makes for some very eccentric Valentines! THERE ARE MORE! CHECK OUT THIS POST to see the FIRST 8 DESIGNS.

Want to see more of my artwork? THE JOHN sissydude WEBSTER art & illustration HERE

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Inspired by HBO’s ‘GIRLS’: “GIRLS” Valentine’s Day Cards (first eight… more to come!)

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I absolutely LOVE HBO’s GIRLS… and since it will soon be that dreaded Valentine’s Day, I decided this year to make cute Victorian-like cards of Hannah & the gang. I’ve made six eight SEVENTEEN. I think the juxtaposition of quotes from the show and all the flowers, lace and hearts makes for some very eccentric Valentines! THERE ARE MORE! CHECK OUT THIS POST to see NINE MORE DESIGNS.
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