May 20, 2012

Gil Elvgren, a source of inspiration

THE Pin Up Artist!

Elvgren was the best pin-up artist in the history of American Illustration.
and his talent was prolific enough and important enough to support a major book. His influence, both as an artist and a teacher was extensive.
After the publication of "The Great American Pinup" the requests for more of his work were overwhelming.

  1. I believe it can be safely stated, without argument, that Gil Elvgren was and continues to be the best pin-up artist the world has ever known. Approximately a quarter of a million people worldwide have already viewed the works of all seventy-seven artists of this genre through the book "The Great American Pin-up". If they were asked to cast a vote for top artist, I am certain that Elvgren would receive the clear majority.

2. 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.

3. As the years passed, Elvgren's influence was felt by dozens of younger artists who apprenticed with him, studied his work, or otherwise sought to emulate "the master". He not only influenced artists working in the pin-up tradition and other illustrators, but he also had an effect on the career of one of the Pop artists, Mel Ramos. The Photorealist painter John Kacere knew Elvgren and also credits him with personal inspiration.

4. After "The Great American Pin-up" was published and distributed worldwide in English, French and German, they had an overwhelming response to Elvgren, including constant requests to see more of his work. It has always been their  intension to honor this great artist, and the outpouring of admiration only spurred us on.
You can buy the book HERE

May 10, 2012

Music and Pin Up.....a sexy couple!

A Sexy Couple

Well I just had to show you my latest photo today. It's an amazing shot with the Double Bass and ofcourse cause of the good cooperation between the model (Acid Doll) and me :-)

It's taken in a private home in Liège (BE). it's the home of Vincents Wolfs and his wife. They were so kind to lend us their home which we used very well in our shoot. This is the one from their living room. We also have taken photos in their kitchen and garage.

Here are some small previews of our work.
Feel free to visit our websites to see more photos.

In summer the rest of these sets will be published in 2 magazines. 
so stay tuned :-)

Other credits

Out in following magazines this summer

Missy Ink Magazine

May 08, 2012

Clara Bows Hair

Clara Bows Hair ~ A Little Sassy, A Little Seductive For 1930

The name Clara Bow is generally the first to come to almost anyone’s mind when they think of silent movie stars. Of course, Clara is best known for her fabulous flapper roles.

Although always groomed beautifully, there was something sassy and more than slightly seductive in Clara’s style. Clara Bow like many women of that time opted for a Bob hairstyle, however, Clara being an individual, she made sure to personalize her look.
Clara Bows hair was a combination of a short and wavy hairstyle with dramatic make-up blended together perfectly to form a look that is still being copied to this day.
Clara chose to wear her Bob hairstyle pushed off of her forehead with waves curved around her head.
Often, Clara was seen with small sections of her hair on her cheek or forehead shaped into curls. Clara typically styled her Bob with finger waves, which were also popular in the thirties.
There were numerous ways to achieve these waves, but Clara stuck with what she knew flattered her most. The flapper, jazzy look was what Clara Bow favored when it came to cosmetics. If Clara Bow was heading out on the town, you can be sure that the first thing she took care of was her eyebrows.
It was essential that her brows were thin and extended to provide the right flair. This was of course followed by dramatic, eye make-up that was dark and smudged to perfection.
A dusting of facial powder with a light sweeping of blusher added the necessary accompanying touches. Clara’s look would not have been complete without paying special attention to her lips. She always wore her lipstick in ‘cupid bows’ that left her with the seductive bee stung look that she was famous for.

Styling Steps - Clara Bow's Vintage Hairstyle

Style Hair Steps Short layered locks like Clara’s are the best for creating finger waves.
Style Hair Steps Make sure your tresses are wet, but not dripping.
Style Hair Steps Liberally apply styling gel evenly throughout your hair. You need enough product to ensure a good hold.
Style Hair Steps Work in small sections at a time. This will prevent your waves from breaking up.
Style Hair Steps You want to create your waves in what is known as a C shape. To achieve this, you will need to work with a rat-tail comb and your fingers.
Style Hair Steps Start on the left side of your head and form a ridge up to the crown of your head.
Style Hair Steps Form a matching ridge on the right side taking it around your in head in the shape of a horse shoe allowing it to join beneath the first ridge.
Style Hair Steps It is important to start your new ridge on the side where you stopped creating your C towards the front before moving on the to the next row.
Style Hair Steps When you have your waves in place, you can opt to pull a small section down on either cheek and or on your forehead. Saturate any sections left down with product so they remain in place.
Style Hair Steps Mist generously with hairspray for hold.
Style Hair Steps With your Clara Bows hair style and properly applied cosmetics, you are sure to look like a vintage beauty. 
Source :  Beauty-and-the-Bow

May 06, 2012

Dita in Paris

Today i came across this Photo of Dita Von Teese, isn't she amazing!!
The Photographer who created this idea must have been in a very romantic mood.....doing this in Paris is indeed the perfect place,
I wish I had that dress :-)

photograph source:
Ruven Afandor photography

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