Have you ever wondered about the process that went on behind the scenes of those classic pin-up images that adorned the noses of bombers and the walls of soldiers barracks in the 1940s and ’50s? Anyone who’s familiar with pin-up paintings will know the caricature-esque works of Gil Elvgren. His fantastical cheesecake pictures feature curvy 1950s women revealing their stockings – and sometimes a bit more – in a series of eyebrow-raising situations.
It seems in the age before digital photo editing, it was paint which made women seem to posess an impossible beauty, as these erotic illustrations reveal. These great before and after images of 1950s pin-up girls will give you a sneak peak of the photograph that came before the artists rendering.
I read this article in- Inspirations, I did not write the above, nor are the photographs and paintings mine. I found this artist so intriguing, what a keen eye and a creative mind, Gill Elvgren was, he strives for perfection, I always wondered where he found these perfect models, knowing very well no real woman, is that perfect, you can now see the real model and what he did to perfect the painting, sometimes it is not even the model at all but Gill’s keen eyes for perfecting the most elegant paintings of pin-ups, of the 1950’s!