The original reference photos for the great American pin-up painter Gil Elvgren have emerged, with comparison of the original models and his pin-ups making great images. The inspiration for his work in producing the often suggestive, cheeky and flirty pin-ups is fascinating, with even these girls given a liberal 'artistic licensing' to push the message that little bit more.Before Photoshop, artists such as Gil Elvgren used to take photos of girls in the pose they wanted as a study for a sexy Pinup illustration. Gil was one of the great Pinup artists of the 20th Century. He used these black and white photos of models to create some of the most colourful and sultry artworks which became an art movement in it's own right in American advertising. These will remind you of Coca Cola's ad campaign of the time.
From the mid 1930's through 1972, Elvgren produced over five hundred paintings of beautiful girls and women. Almost all of these works are oilo on canvas, and fully developed finished works of art.Elvgren continually surpassed himself, always improving in ideas, composition, color, and technique.
Always great to see the process of a great master and these I find very sweet and amusing. Enjoy!