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Pin Up Art in the Past and Present

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Sarah Covington


Since the creation of pin up art over a century ago, it has gradually grown from an avant-garde and disregarded art form to a important symbol of classic American pop-culture. Pin up art originated from the social paradigm shift from conservative to more liberal social values resulting from the sexual revolution of the early 20th century. While the precursor to pin up illustrations began to appear in magazines as early as the 1890s, it was the flapper community of the 1920s that truly gave rise to the movement.

The advance of printing technology produced a tremendous audience for this media as well as a dependence on experienced artists who could quickly create graphics with mass appeal. Pin up pictures obtained progressively more mainstream presence with the publication of Esquire magazine during the early 1930s. A pin up model is commonly regarded as a young woman whose appearance would motivate a person to "pin up" her image on the wall. The widespread publication of Esquire, which would usually contain images and artwork of the sex symbols of that time period, allowed individuals to display these images. This growing appeal and general acknowledgement of this artwork was a symbol of the national paradigm shift taking place.

By the outset of The Second World War, pin up art was truly an American trend. Movie star illustrations were common in soldiers' barracks, on fighter aircrafts, and in numerous publications in the United States. Pin up eventually found approval as a form of artwork as the drawings grew to be progressively more sought after.

In the 1950's and 1960's, pin up transitioned into photography and started to be far more blatantly sexual. This newer pin up imagery gradually diverged away from artwork and the playful innocence created in the authentic creations. Consequently, the development of genuine pin up illustrations basically ceased until the advent of the online world, which restored fascination with the style. It concurrently provided a channel to present the classic graphics created during the prime of pin up, while enabling modern artists to produce innovative illustrations with a retro charm.

Pin up has regained the attention of today's art world and it is thought of as a legitimately American art form. Though lots of contemporary pin up artists strive for a more photo-realistic or airbrushed style that is sometimes seen as contrary to iconic pin up art, there are several that aim to recapture the innocence and creativity of the vintage style. Regardless, pin up will permanently be considered a symbol of Americana as it has once again renewed advancement in the art field.




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Fashion Artwork

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Sarah Covington


A fashion illustration showing a design's coloring, texture, and appearance on a model is critical for the designer to express the idea to the seamstress. These drawings have been employed worldwide for hundreds of years. Once clothing production became a necessity in developing countries, so did fashion illustration. Although fashion photography is becoming more widespread in the modern world, all designers still have to draw their concepts before they are made.

All artists have distinctive fashion illustrations as with any type of artwork. Fashion artists present their model and apparel with a range of methods and different styles. The sketches make a point of emphasizing the clothes and often don't incorporate the model's facial features or other extraneous details. While some artists do a really basic sketch of the clothes to get a concept of overall shape, others are much more detail oriented. Commonly, fashion illustrators use extremely slim and elongated figures to capture the shape of the garments. Fashion illustrators do this in order to capture the intended form of the clothing on the fashion show and magazine models with a similar look.

Despite the fact that the majority of fashion illustrations start with paper and pencil, modern technology has allowed these graphics to be shown digitally. Now, using the internet, designers have the capability to send their images around the globe and display them for the public. A number of designers even use their artistic expertise along with technology through the use of tablet computers, that allow them to sketch directly on the computer. Even so, for many detail-oriented designers, these methods do not supply adequate control and they still want to draw by hand and scan their illustrations afterward. Often, designers utilize these pictures to develop online design portfolios of their work.

Many years of training and plenty of persistence are needed to be able to draw the human body and garments in great detail. Students within the fashion discipline are usually recommended to take numerous classes which help them learn the necessary abilities for their industry. If this sounds like an art form you wish to learn, classes are available at educational institutions, art societies, or sometimes even museums. Furthermore, there are various books and web-based lessons that will help you master the subtleties of drawing figures and apparel.

Fashion illustration is merely an additional kind of artwork, and designers frequently sell their designs. With the creation of the internet, this kind of art is becoming increasingly popular to hang in the home or office or to give as a gift. Wedding fashion illustration is extremely common for a present for a bride or their family member. Some designers even do customized drawings of the new bride in her wedding gown to be used as a keepsake of the wedding day. Since the wedding industry is one of the biggest niches of fashion nowadays, these specialized dress designers must consistently create brand new designs in order to stay competitive.




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Mastering Human Proportion

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Manci Zeelgal


For most artists, their dream is to take an image from their mind and put it on paper. (To learn more about portrait drawing, check out this article on eye drawings)

Well, in order to do that, we must first know the basic structure of the human body like the back of our hands.

Understanding the anatomy and proportion of the human body is key to figure drawing.

In this article, I will try to teach you how to embed the human figure and its proportion into you mind. Once you master this skill you'll be able to easily and effortlessly drawing the human form from you mind.

The secret weapon that we are going to use to accomplish this goal is an idea called, "Mastery Through Invention."

The basic concept of "Mastery Through Invention" is this: When you INVENT something from scratch using your own imagination, you instantly comes its MASTER and that invention will be permanently embed into your brain. And you'll never forget or have any problem recreating it.

Let me show you how this works.

Take out a piece of paper and draw any shape you'd like.

Alrite, now crumble that paper up and throw it away. Make sure you can't see what you just drew. Good. Now take out a blank piece of paper and draw that EXACT same shape again. I'll wait.

All done? Were you blown away by your newly discovered photographic memory? Cool, huh?

You just experienced the effect of this concept first hand.

"That's great. But what does this have to do with figure drawing and how to draw people step by step?"

Great question! See, the reason so many artists struggle with remembering what the human body is suppose to look like is because they perceive that knowledge to be OUTSIDE of themselves. They were never the CREATOR of the human form, and so they never truly UNDERSTAND that knowledge.

Just pretend that there is no such thing as the human body and that you are going to create it from scratch. Then re-build the human body using the rules of proportion that you know about.

And by doing so, we will own that knowledge forever!




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