Instagram can be a powerful channel to showcase your art, and also a source of inspiration for artists from all over the world. The pin up community on Instagram sure has heard of Sheardo, australian pin up and illustrator known for his 50s inspired creations.
Today I’d like to show you the artwork of Peter Driben (1903-1968), one of the most popular american pin-up artists from the 1940s and the 1950s.
There are many artists from yesteryear that have caught my eye, and also some from the 21st century that definitely could belong to the 50s and 60s. Today I’m going to show you the artwork of Josh Agle, also known as Shag. This North-American illustrator is popular in the rockabilly and vintage scene, and it quite clear why.
Today’s Vintage Illustrator is Mike Ludlow, american artist born in 1921. His work is specialized in glamour, so expect many sophisticated illustrations in this post 🙂
He worked for important publications such as Esquire magazine, especially in the 50s, when he created illustrations with pin up girls ang stylish gentlemen.
In he 60s, the women he painted were sexier.
Mike Ludlow took inspiration from classic Hollywood starlets from the decade, like Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner and Jayne Mansfield. I love vintage glamour so he’s become one of my favorite artist so far.
He also collaborated with Esquire magazine with yearly glamorous calendars filled with pin ups, and designed the whole 1957 calendar – the last one of the Esquire series -.
You can also check his work in the advertising business, creating ads and also illustrated covers for newspapers and romantic magazines.
Hope you liked this post about Mike Ludlow (1921-2010)
Here’s another post under my Vintage Illustrators series. I love vintage illustrations so much that had to start a series of blog posts featuring some of my favorite illustrators from yesteryear. Today’s vintage illustrator is Bill Medcalf, known for his series of pin up girls during the 40s, 50s and 60s.
He became famous because of his illustrations of young and beautiful women surrounded often by cars or in a glamorous aesthetics. He was often asked for commissions on calendars and other publications.
Oh! And while looking for some of his illustrations, I found that most of their pin up girls are redheads!
Hope you are all ok, have a great week and hope you enjoyed this quick post!
Time to continue with my Vintage Illustrators series, which I started last month with Robert McGinnis. Today I’m going to share with you the art of Robert Maguire, another of my top favorite vintage illustrators.
Robert Maguire (1921 – 2006) was one of the most important illustrators of the 20th century, and he was best known for his film noir inspired illustrations, which featured glamorous women.
Redheads, brunettes, blondes…He featured attractive women in danger or inspired by film noir aesthetics. He created over 600 covers for different publications in the 40s, 50s and 60s, specializing in pulp fiction stories. He’s one of the greatest pulp artists of all time.
His femme fatale illustrations drew a lot of attentions. He portrayed attractive, romantic and yet dangerous women, who would play with fire and guns if necessary.
Have a great week folks!
I’ll try to update the blog more often, I promise! xx
I have a thing for vintage illustrators. Well, more than that: I am totally obsessed. And today I start this blog series of posts featuring some of my favorite illustrators from past decades. And what’s better than kicking it off with the great Robert McGinnis?
This american illustrator is known for illustrating classic hollywood movie posters, such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Barbarella and some James Bond films. He’s also created great covers for pulp magazines, fashion editorials and even for the advertising industry. Born in the 1920s, he’s one of the greatest illustrators of all time.
He also was awarded for his variety of romantic illustrations for magazines and publications. All his creations have glamour, sophistication and good looking women. He’s one of my all time favorites, I just love all his work! ❤
Many of his illustrations were inspired by Classic Hollywood actresses, such as Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor.
Hope you liked this first post of my Vintage Illustrators series ❤
Take care! xx