I’ve just completed a new pinup painting titled “Doin’ the Dishes”. This one diverges from my usual style a bit. I had a little more fun with it, using a looser style and experimenting with different mediums. The polka dots are my favorite part! (I’ll be adding it to my gallery as soon as the scan is back from the printer.)
My new ad appears on page 17 of issue #27 of Barracuda magazine (on newstands now), which bills itself as “Yesterday’s Stag Magazine of the Future Today”. Check out their website where you can subscribe and purchase back issues. If you’re not familiar with Barracuda, it’s a fantastic retro style magazine with lots of Pin-Up photos, vintage cars, and rockabilly music. Past issues have featured a lot of the retro pinups that I’ve had the pleasure of painting. It’s also a fantastic resource for vendors featuring all things retro.
Well, I’m back from visiting my family members who recently relocated to western North Carolina. We had a wonderful, relaxing time together. I have so much to be thankful for! Besides my supportive family and friends, I have been blessed with getting to know so many amazingly talented pin-up models and photographers this year! I am certainly thankful for their willingness to become part of my world for a small indication of how wonderful the world of modern retro pinups is, check out some of my friends on myspace.
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my mentor and all around great guy, artist Dru Blair will be on tonight’s episode of Overhaulin’ (episode 13, airing at 9pm ET). Dru is a fantastic photorealist painter of military aircraft, portraits, and commercial illustration. He painted the CNN Hummer which will be auctioned off to help rehabilitate injured war veterans. If you miss the episode on TLC, you can also view video clips about the overhaul on CNN.com
to see more of Dru’s work, go to his website www.drublair.com
I’ve noticed lately a lot of artists are moving to working with digital techniques to produce vintage looking pinup “paintings”. Some previously worked in traditional techniques of paint and brush and others have only ever used the computer to produce their artwork. I appreciate that a lot of work goes into digital imaging, but it is a whole different type of work than the actual hand to canvas type of work that artists like myself employ to produce an original painting. Brush and paint leave little room for mistakes whereas a digital artist just needs to “step backward” to undo a mistake and start over. I think there is a place for both types of artwork, but as a viewer of art, I’d appreciate if more digital artists were forthcoming about using a computer to produce their work. The digital artists I link to here in my blog do just that - but others out there leave it to the viewer to dig around to determine how the image was produced. Most fine artists are well versed in stating the medium and substrate used to produced a painting and I think digital artists should do the same. Just a little venting on my part, what do you think?
Today I finished the line drawing on my new pinup painting based on an image of Texas Tara. Sometimes I find this to be the hardest part, actually getting the image from the reference photo, processed through my head, and onto paper. Maybe it’s because I know that now I’ll be compelled to complete it! Anyway, I’m liking the composition of this one so far (it’s another 30″ x 40″ inch acrylic on board) and I’m excited to get moving through the sketching phase as quickly as possible - this despite the fact that there’s a lot of detail, including leopard print and awesome tatoos that need to be give the proper attention.