The girl next door

J Scott Camp­bell pro­duces pin-up art for comic cov­ers and cal­en­dars, and with mo­tives as pure as his pin-ups

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He’s a Marvel comic cover artist and Adam Hughes’s favourite con­tem­po­rary pin-up cre­ator, but J Scott Camp­bell’s pin-up art is in­fused by the play­ful­ness of his pin-up hero, Gil Elv­gren. “I al­ways aim for an ap­proach­able qual­ity to my pin up, that adorable ‘girl-next-door’ look that so many of the 60s Play­boy mod­els had,” he says.

“As I’m be­com­ing older, I’m fas­ci­nated by sub­tleties,” ex­plains J Scott. “It rep­re­sents a level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion I’m pur­su­ing, and that re­ally lends it­self to draw­ing women.”

Not sur­pris­ingly for a comic artist, this all has to do with char­ac­ter, with story. “The best pin-up artists are not only the ones who are more sub­tle, but who know how to build a story, who can hint to the reader that there’s a bit of depth to their woman,” says the il­lus­tra­tor. “It makes her all the more in­trigu­ing and at­trac­tive to the au­di­ence.”

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