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Old style pin-up art… the new way

See the creation process of a modernised pin-up artwork from the start and get the know-how to do it yourself, with the help of Henning Ludvigsen...

Painting pin-ups can be a whole lot of fun, no matter whether you go for the old-school vintage cheesecake kind of look or if you want to add a modernised twist to them. You don’t have to be a pin-up artist to create pin-up art, but to achieve the special look and feel, you’ll need to spend some time researching the old pin-up masters such as Alberto Vargas, Gil Elvgren, Billy de Vorss, Joyce Ballantyne, Zoe Mozert, Edward Runci, Earl Moran and Haddon Sundblom to mention a few.

It’s a good idea to try to keep things simple in this type of illustration, especially when it comes to the folds on clothing or human skin. Even though a hand looks realistic with the finest of details, it might not work for the pin-up genre. Smooth things out, and aim for straightforward approaches.

Play around with anatomy. Pin-up girls are generally likely to have much longer legs and thinner limbs than are realistic and you can really accentuate their curves quite far in order to make them even more full bodied.

From issue 22.

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