Can you help me paint an al­ter­na­tive pin-up?

Shadow Nasty, US

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Walde­mar replies

Whether I’m paint­ing clas­sic cheese­cake or a snarling al­ter­na­tive pin-up, I spend some time with pen­cil and paper. Dig­i­tal of­fers too many op­tions too quickly. Paper pre­vents your hand from get­ting ahead of your imag­i­na­tion, and en­ables you to de­velop ideas and shapes at a com­fort­able pace.

Clas­sic pin-up was all about smil­ing and fun, and of course be­ing in­cred­i­bly sexy. Things may have changed as far as what people con­sider at­trac­tive, but some things are still rel­e­vant: the fac­ti­tious pose, the some­what silly jolli­ness and an ex­pres­sion of sur­prise. More im­por­tantly for me, the char­ac­ter’s light­ing should be like a photo stu­dio’s, not nat­u­ral out­door light. Even if the girl strikes a pose in bright sun­light, she should have strong re­flec­tions com­ing from the sand, wa­ter and para­sol. Make the whole pic­ture brighter and shinier than your nor­mal char­ac­ter piece.

Many artists use Pho­to­shop, but I pre­fer Corel Pain­ter. It may not like lay­ers but then nei­ther do I! I use sev­eral spe­cific brushes which are based on real brush im­prints. Be­fore paint­ing dig­i­tally I spent time us­ing gouache, and I still have some of the brushes I used around my house. So I scan their strokes and use them in most of my draw­ings. I like their rough tex­ture. And it will fit al­ter­na­tive pin-up bet­ter than air­brush, I think.

Mix­ing pin-up with punk means bal­anc­ing dis­parate el­e­ments, such as the girl’s light shirt, lips and hair, with a grungy tex­tured back­ground.

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