Thursday, September 15, 2011
Elvgren : Art and Inspiration
Gil Elvgren (March 15, 1914 – February 29, 1980) is perhaps the most widely recognized pin-up artist of his era. Best known for his iconic calendar prints produced over a 30 year span for Brown and Bigelow, Elvgren's work has come to define the ideal female form. Below are several shots of his art and inspiration from those years.
In studying the photos versus the drawings, you can see how he repositioned the girls' shoulders or feet just slightly to make a more flirty, if not physically feasible, posture. Bosoms are angled to reveal more cleavage, and chins are tipped to give a more coy glance. Ironic that today we are so up in arms about magazines that airbrush models while it seems that touch-ups are nothing new! But then isn't beauty almost always an effort to achieve the ideal?