Autographing the nude

He's charming, he's urbane, he's dapper—and he draws X-rated homoerotic pictures for a living. Earlier this week, illustrator Robert W. Richards, who many consider to be the best in his field, celebrated the release of his new book, Allure, at Soho's Leslie/Lohman Gallery.

Among the many who showed up to pay tribute and nab a signed copy...

Fellow photographer and TONY contributor Richard Mitchell.

Most of Allure's work is too explicit for our family-friendly blog. But here are a couple of Richards's milder pieces:

And just to prove that naked men aren't the only thing on his mind, behold a sample of his delightful fashion illustration: