Inspired by the classic pinups of yesteryear, here are my takes on the vintage pinup girl calendars (with a cartoonist's twist). Each month, I'll produce a pinup illustration available for download to use as wallpaper for your computer desktop. I may change my style from month to month in subject and in illustrative technique. For example, some may be very Vargas inspired, where as the next month could look like something Tex Avery would have done. Either way, these retro-inspired girls will hopefully give me a chance to explore the past (along with the female form in sexy and fun ways), and for you to enjoy the present everytime you turn on your computer.
Notes: Holy cow, May is here already! This month’s entry is inspired from my recent discovery of Jack Cole’s work on Playboy. Like many comic guys, I only knew Jack Cole’s work from his creation of Plastic Man. I had no idea that he had also been one of the main cartoonists for Playboy’s early issues in the 50s.
After examining some of his work, I thought this month it would be challenging to try an inkwash. Again, all effects were done in Adobe Illustrator using its superior brush effects and combinations. I am especially happy with the hair and fishnets (which took forever to get right, but well worth my patience). The trick with doing traditional illustrative effects in Illustrator is to have done them before in the physical world, in my opinion. It would be easy to just use the brush effects and slap down strokes haphazardly, leaving you with a piece that doesn’t have the feel of an inkwash. I’ve done many inkwashes before in college; that knowledge of how the wash is handled helps create the illusion. If you are curious how it is done, become a Premium Donor and download the file for yourself.
This pinup has been the most challenging and most rewarding thus far, lending to my goal of style experimentation with these pieces. I’m learning so much and expanding my visual vocabulary as I go, and I think you can see that progression in the three desktops I have done so far. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it!
For more information on Jack Cole, here are two great resources:
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