classic pinup art show opening June 28 @ Fantagraphic Books, Seattle

Posted by Susan Heidi - June 26th, 2008

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 28th from 6-9pm for the show titled “Now Serving Cheesecake”: Classic Pin-Up Art at Fantagraphic Books in Seattle. If you are in the area, this looks like a great way to check out original artwork and artifacts by Jack Cole, Dan DeCarlo, Don Flowers, Bill Ward and Bill Wenzel. The event’s organizer, author Alex Chun, will be on hand to sign his many books on classic pinup art. Live cartooning demonstrations, 50’s music, and pinup art - what could be more fun?

artist press kit

Posted by Susan Heidi - June 25th, 2008

I’ve added a new press kit download to my web site to assist anyone looking for more info about me and my work.

Susan Heidi Press Kit

As a working visual artist, it is always a struggle to juggle time creating with time answering requests from publicists, private individuals seeking commissioned work, fan requests, and business propositions. I rely a lot on my website to convey info and I hope this is helpful.

each painting starts with a drawing

Posted by Susan Heidi - June 23rd, 2008

In my early days as an artist I only ever worked in dry mediums like graphite and charcoal. I used to downplay the significance of those drawings. Now I can’t create a painting without beginning with a detailed drawing, so the skills I honed in those days are even more important and valuable. I’m currently working on drawings for six new paintings and some that will stand on their own. Below is a drawing for a new painting inspired by the mezmerizing alternative model from the UK, Necromantis (from photos shot by Andy Dendy) and a local graveyard.

trick or treat?

It’s a bit of a departure from my typical rockabilly/glamour/burlesque themes, but I have lots of fans who are into psychobilly and other alternative styles who I think will appreciate this piece.

trick or treat?
detail from sketch

artist Susan Heidi on

Posted by Susan Heidi - June 12th, 2008

I got a great mention in the New York Comic Con ‘08 Review on (and 2 pics posted in their photo gallery from the show). Interestingly, Dolly Esquire (the model for my “Red Doll” painting) is the writers’ high school friend’s sister. What a small world!

Pinups and neo-Burlesque stars giving back

Posted by Susan Heidi - June 2nd, 2008

Jo Weldon of the New York School of Burlesque reports in her burlesque daily blog on retro pinup models (Sabina Kelley, Heidi Van Horne, and Jami Deadly) and neo-burlesque dancers giving back through artwork based on their famous figures. The ladies are featured in a BUST magazine article about their help in creating castings of their busts which have been decorated and will be on display in an exhibition titled “Breast Defense: Glamour Girls For Early Detection”. The Keep a Breast Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. True to character, these retro gals are doing all they can to make the world a better place.