How can I push the anatomy of a pin-up to make her more interesting?
Spud Henning, Sweden
Answer Nadia replies
It’s a matter of taste, but a good illustrator tweaks anatomy, perspective and pose so the lines are most appealing. This also applies to shapes and negative space. You can also concentrate on the lines of gesture: in a pin-up the gesture can include bodyweight, gender specific physics and storytelling of the motif, just to give you an idea.
Another guideline is the Golden Ratio, which you can also find in human proportions. You can push your anatomy in this direction. For example, I combine the parts of her hip and thighs into one line. That gives me a pretty line, but it also enables me to shift the focus from the crotch up to her waist. And her waist is in the Golden Ratio. Think in terms of lines, shape and Golden Ratio first, then put in the anatomy required for your style or taste.
When you focus on lines and proportions you’re free to push the anatomy any way you want. Keep an eye on general art rules, such as the Golden Ratio and balance of weight.