Cre­ate a retro pin-up piece

Speaks the lan­guage of pin-up as she paints a por­trait that harkens back to the golden age of the genre

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his is a re­ally ex­cit­ing chance to com­bine two things I love in one project: pin-up art and por­trai­ture. I was so pleased when I re­ceived Imag­ineFX’s com­mis­sion!

My ap­proach is that the char­ac­ter should in­stantly tell the viewer how im­por­tant it is to ap­pear on the cover of the mag­a­zine, and be part of an is­sue ded­i­cated to the sub­ject of pin-up art. The woman’s ex­pres­sion should re­flect her plea­sure at be­ing the first thing read­ers will see when they pick up the mag­a­zine.

TFirst, I present some op­tions for the cover im­age to the Imag­ineFX team. Among them I have my favourite im­age, of course, and so I’m pleased that my pri­mary choice is the one that’s se­lected. It’s like a present to me and I’m keen to con­vey that feel­ing in the im­age. That mes­sage should be trans­mit­ted by her eyes, by her smile and by her body move­ments (even if it’s only a close-up). It should catch the viewer’s at­ten­tion be­cause this is the genre’s style and lan­guage – its power, even.

The lan­guage of pin-up en­hances her phys­i­cal beauty in many dif­fer­ent ways. A pin-up char­ac­ter is charm­ing, ap­peal­ing and, most im­por­tantly, sends a mes­sage to the viewer: “Feel the joy, life is beau­ti­ful and full of en­ergy!”

I have a fun­da­men­tal rule that I’ve fol­lowed in all my pin-up art, which is that the eyes must talk. If her eyes don’t talk then I’ve failed. And from my very first brush stroke I imag­ine her say­ing, “Hey! Look at me! I’m on Imag­ineFX! I’m the cover girl!”

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