About this project
Pin-up art, for me, is a window into the golden age of illustration, when artists such as Alberto Varges, Gil Elvgren and Robert McGinnis created masterful drawings celebrating female beauty in a playful and slightly naive way. But as photography emerged as the dominant representational medium, the Pin-ups began to disappear, and now they remain just a sweet memory from a different era, popping up here and there on your tumblr feed.
My idea was to revive this dead medium, or at least bring it into a state of half life; I knew I couldn't just make old timey Pin-ups - what would be the point? we live in a different time now, the naiveté is gone, and the need for sexual art has been eradicated by photography. Furthermore, although charming, there is a sense of objectification to those old Pin-ups; the traditional Pin-up would depict a thinly clad lady doing house chores, baking, or frolicking in the fields - a very reductive, demeaning and dated view of women that fit into the zeitgeist of the 50's much more than to our time.
So I decided to create something new, A series of Pin-up illustrations celebrating some of the most memorable, influential and important women in history. Women who broke the sex constrictions of the time they lived in, and etched their names into world history. My idea was to take the template of the Pin-up calendar - a collection of women objectified and glorified for their looks and sexuality, and flip it - inserting featuring women who were remembered for their acts, achievements, and courage (in addition to their beauty). But all these woman I admired were dead - the solution? conjure them up from the grave to pose for the calendar!
Where You Come In
If you like this morbid/sexy collection of illustrations, and share my admiration for Pin-up art and strong women - then its time to become part of the Kickstarter by donating. You have the opportunity of having a truly unique calendar gracing your wall either at home or at work (depending on where you work!). Every donation has a matching award, including art prints, postcards, original art and of course the calendar itself.
To Die For will be an oversized calendar at 12"x18" and will feature a cover and 12 full color illustrations. The calendar will be cloth bound at the top, with interior screw posts and thread for hanging, you will be able to either tear off months or remove them by unscrewing the calendar. Each month will have a little blurb about the life of the woman featured in that month. Each calendar will be signed and numbered.
The Creative Process
I've put in a lot of thought into picking the women for the calendar, and made through reasearch on each figure before I began the drawing process. It was important for me to evoke the right atmosphere for each Pin-up; choosing the right setting, color, and dress code. If you look closely at the final art, you will see that there are many details relating to the life, and death of each ghost model.
My work is a combination of traditional and digital mediums ; the original drawing is done with Sumi ink, and is later combined with a matching watercolor version on the computer; this gives the final illustration a somewhat nostalgic feel that works well with the calendar's theme.
The 12th Pin-up
I have created 11 Pin-ups, and left February open: All donors will be able to vote and decide who's the 12th Pin-up. Voting will be done after the completion of the campaign, and from a provided list of Pin-up candidates. I will accept suggestions you have to add to the list (suggestions from donors only), suggestions should be in the spirit of the calendar - I.E try to be respectful (no Anne Frank and such). I will update you on the final result and who's the winner.
Also - there will be a raffle from the names of all donors and the winner will get the original art for the 12th Pin-up!
Risks and challenges
The challenge in this project will be assembly of the calendar, the final product is hand bound, and I will have to make sure that all calendars be up to the standard and look 100% awesome. I have already assembled a prototype calendar shown in the video, which the finals will be based on, so that eliminates all logistic speculations. I guarantee sending out the calendar to you on time, and ahead of 2014. I will provide updates on the assembly and shipping process as it progresses.
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