Session #224, Work #220

Thanks to Jamie Bollenbach I had the wonderful pleasure of attending a “pin-up” themed drawing class today. The class started at 11am and went all the way to 6pm. It was a marathon drawing session but all the artists had a ton of fun. The models were amazing and each pose was exciting and new. Jamie even had a makeup artist for the models and a wonderful set full of props to add to the mood. There was no lack of interest and I could have drawn for much longer than 8 hours.

 

The Drawings

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Emily was the first pin-up model. Unfortunately I had a rocky start and decided to focus more on the portrait rather than the whole body. She was dressed as a french girl from the forties and looked much more elegant and beautiful than my drawing shows.

 

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Danielle was our second model. She was the farmers daughter today and we had joked that we should have had Jamie pose behind her with a shotgun. Danielle is model known for her super long legs and her “daisy duke” shorts really showed off their length. I believe at some point she is going to sell her own line of artists paper with a very wide format so you can actually fit her legs on a page.

During the first drawing Jamie was urging me to focus on flowing lines much like the pin-ups of the forties but I was too far along on the first drawing to do that so I focused on a ” Vargus” like approach to this drawing. Here is an example of a master pin-up artists Alberto Vargus, it really makes my drawing look amazingly bad.

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Of course my excuse is that I only had 2.5 hours to do my drawing but its good to see a comparison with a master. I think most people would be discouraged but for some reason I see the huge grand canyon of a gab between my skills and his and it just makes me want to jump into a fast car and do an “Evel Knievel” over the chasm.

 

 

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The last model of the day was Amanda. Her outfit was absolutely amazing and was the perfect pin-up look for the day. I could have drawn this one pose for the whole 8 hours, or all week. Unfortunately we only had a little over two hours to draw here which wasn’t near enough time to get a Vargus like drawing done but I’m very happy with how this drawing turned out. It really does solidify my love for drawing with form rather than line. Maybe I should model my pin-up style after J. C. Leyendecker.

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He is really amazing, probably my most favorite illustrator.

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