Project Runway contestant, Kenley Collins rocks the retro look

Posted by Susan Heidi - July 24th, 2008

If you’ve caught the first two episodes of Project Runway, season 5, you’ve probably noticed a standout designer/contestant Kenley Collins. I say she’s a standout because of the classic 40’s pinup girl look she sports and because her creations for the show so far are classically beautiful. What’s classic pinup about her look? Well, there’s the red lipstick, superbly coiffed hair (typically embellished with some sort of hair piece), and the Lucy dresses and pedal pushers she sports while sewing away. It’s my understanding that Kenley has her own boutique in NYC - and I’m itching to check it out! Any designer who is inspired by Gwen Stefani, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Betsey Johnson - and listens to the Horrorpops is all right in my book :)
To read more about Kenley, you can check out a recent interview she did with and view her “Project Runway, meet Kenley” video on myspace.

the eyes have it ;)

Posted by Susan Heidi - July 23rd, 2008

What makes retro pinup art stand out from racier, more modern forms of pinup art? Ever hear the phrase, “a wink and a nod”? Well, if you’ve ever watched an old Bogie and Bacall movie you know what I’m talking about. Women like Lauren Bacall could seduce their leading man with a just a look - it’s all in the eyes!

the eyes have it in retro pinup art

In every piece I create, a lot of attention is paid to the look in the model’s eyes - trying to draw the viewer in despite all her other, more obvious assets. After all, the eyes are the window to the soul.

dating advice from pinup Heidi Van Horne

Posted by Susan Heidi - July 22nd, 2008

Need some pointers on how to approach one of today’s stylish retro gals at a local watering hole or car show? Pinup model Heidi Van Horne gives some sage advice in an article written for Primer men’s online magazine. Hope it helps!

stellar review of Susan Heidi by pinup authority Edward Reed

Posted by Susan Heidi - July 16th, 2008

“Susan Heidi is one of the best pinup illustrators of today…”

I was thrilled to read this comment by pinup artist (and pinup art authority) Edward Reed. The comment was left following the write-up of my work on

Edward has been creating pinup art since the late 1980’s. His works are currently published by SQP and he is a contributing editor for Art Scene International. (excerpted from Wikipedia)

ebay store closed, is primary online retail space

Posted by Susan Heidi - July 15th, 2008

I had to make the tough decision to close my e-bay store front this week. Although I have been able to court some loyal collectors through e-bay, I’ve made many more sales directly through my website. So, my website is now the primary online retail space for purchase of prints ranging in size from 5.5 x 8 inch postcards to full size limited edition prints. I still have an account on e-bay which I look forward to using from time to time to auction specific pieces. Announcements for these auctions will be made here and through my newsletter. Many thanks to those of you who have supported my presence on e-bay in the past :)

in-progress cabaret style pin-up

Posted by Susan Heidi - July 14th, 2008

I have several pieces in the works right now that are at different stages of the painting process. Below are some pics of the drawing on illustration board of a cabaret style piece. The model, Robin, is a fantastic and versatile artist’s model from Kentucky.

in-progress cabaret pin-up by Susan Heidi

and below is a detail pic that I’ve darkened to show her expression:

detail of cabaret pin-up work in progress

new pinup prints available from artist Susan Heidi

Posted by Susan Heidi - July 11th, 2008

There’s a new pinup painting posted in my online gallery titled “Classic Pink & Black”. You may recognize the model (Sabina Kelley) and outfit from an earlier piece I did. Prints are available in sizes ranging from 5×8 postcards (for the cost conscious collector) up to full-size limited editions.

Classic Pink & Black by artist Susan Heidi

pin-ups making a big splash this summer!

Posted by Susan Heidi - July 9th, 2008

Every once in a while (and even more often lately) I get reaffirmation that pin-ups are in from the big names in fashion and beauty. Such is definitely the case with OPI’s Retro Summer collection of “pin-up perfect shades for summer”. I LOVE the cute red polka dot swimsuit that the model is wearing in the ad, and the cute bi-plane’s banner calling out to “retro-girls” fits the bill to the “T”. I’m not sure about all the different nail colors, but the coral and red shades seem right on target for super pin-up style, and the retro ponytail holder brings me back to when I was five years old!

Sweater Girl Detail