sketches for pinups I’m working on

Posted by Susan Heidi - April 23rd, 2007

Thought I’d share some sketches for paintings I’m currently working on. The first is from my recent photo shoot with pinup model Sabina Kelly. Sabina was kind enough to model a classis Hollywood Glamour pose that is knocking everyone’s socks off on Sabina’s myspace.

Susan Heidi Sketch of pinup Sabina Kelley

The next is from a photo by Danielle Bedics of White Rabbit Studio of Jami Deadly - a very beautiful and talented burlesque dancer, tv host, and pinup model.

Susan Heidi sketch of burlesque star Jami Deadly

I’ll post more when I’m further along with the paintings :)

photo shoot with Sabina Kelley for pinup reference

Posted by Susan Heidi - April 13th, 2007

I’m often asked wehere I get my inspiration from. Besides reading every vintage pinup book and article I can get my hands on, my desire to paint pinups comes from the energy and dedication of the modern retro pinup movement. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the top retro pinups and had my vision come true last week working with the tremendously beautiful and talented Sabina Kelley. I’d seen Sabina model so many different styles of pinup that I knew she was one model I could go to for all three genres I concentrate in: Retro Glamour, Rockabilly, and Burlesque. Sabina was kind enough to accept the assignment to model the three different looks during one shoot so that I could have great reference material to work from. We tapped her talented team of make-up artist Chris Montoya and photographer Michelle Collignon ( to help pull it off. With some rough sketches provided by me, this talented team went to work on creating my vision. Not only are they all very creative and professional, but they are also a lot of fun to work with. Check out Sabina’s and Michelle’s myspace pages to see some pictures from the shoot. I’ll be going to work immediately on creating pinup art based on Sabina’s photos. Can’t wait to get painting!

more pinup news to follow…

Posted by Susan Heidi - April 2nd, 2007

I’m off to Viva Las Vegas this week. VLV is the Sold Out Rockabilly Weekender that takes Las Vegas by storm every spring. I’ll be shooting with one of my favorite pinup models for some upcoming paintings….more news to come next week, including a recap of VLV and details of my pinup photo shoot!