English Summer sketch

I’ve decided to join instagram! So I’m raiding the archives for some interesting material and I’ve dug out some of the original sketches and reference photos to share with you all. I’m starting off with our more usual English summer of rain and misery (unlike the current heat wave)..

This is from back in 2010 with the lovely Rayna Terror. Come on over to my instagram page thepinupprojectarchive for more!

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simona Heath Robinson

There’s not many illustrators that can claim to have become part of the English language – it’s therefore my absolute pleasure to offer up this little tribute to Mr.William Heath Robinson on the occasion of the opening of a museum dedicated to his work.
His wonderfully inventive images may have passed into legend for some but his name lives on in every ramshackle, cobbled together contraption in sheds and garages up and down the country.

This is my version of what could have been his “auto-dresser” with the lovely Simona entwined in it’s mechanisms. Not the easiest thing in the world to design, so I salute the genius of HR – long may your ideas entertain!

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sloping off

Rosie skiing

Ah.. spring time, tulips and daffodils, sunshine and showers, the time of year when thoughts turn to all the things to get your year off to a good start – like painting Christmas cards!
Yes, you heard correctly, there we were, Rosie and I, the first weekend of March with Christmas tunes on the radio and Rosie wearing gloves and a woolly hat.. and not much else.

I figure that by the time I get round to maybe doing a couple of card ideas, getting them printed and maybe finding someone to sell them to it will probably be Christmas anyway so it made sense to start early. This one was actually fairly quick to turn around, it made me chuckle so I hope it might find an audience of similarly easily amused folk like myself! If anyone’s reading this then do leave a comment or get in touch by email or on facebook and let me know what you think about pinup Christmas cards – is it a good idea or not?

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Loofah revenge

Rosie bathtime

They say the best beauty products are all natural ones, some of which come from the sea. When attempting to harvest your own do make sure they’ve expired, or else they may take their revenge..
Taking the plunge this time round is the lovely Rosie Ruthless, interrupting her bath time beauty regime for a spot of kraken wrestling.

I can’t believe this is my first painting of the year and it’s the middle of September already! My pin-uppery has taken a bit of a back seat of late so it was really nice to get back to the easel and get down to some paint pushing. I hadn’t realised quite how rusty I was though, this one was a real challenge – it could have easily gone horribly wrong. Not my best work, but given the circumstances perhaps that’s to be expected. I need to keep my eye in a bit more regularly!

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All hallows

Meluxine witch

The trouble with Halloween is that it’s in October, which probably means bad weather. If all you have holding you up is a broomstick it’s likely that problems will occur..
Flying all the way to pin-up towers from Australia is the incredible Meluxine, bringing her own special brand of witchcraft to these shores.

It’s been my privilege to work with some fantastic models in the past but Meluxine is arguably the most successful at what she does so it was with a little trepidation that I set out on this painting once our sitting was done. I was anxious not to make a mess of it. I’m afraid my nerves got the better of me in the end though and despite wanting to carry on with a looser technique that I’ve been experimenting with, this ended up reverting to my usual more finished style.

I’m not complaining, everything turned out ok, sometimes instinct can be relied on to get you through where brain power fails. Happy Halloween anyway!

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