Pin Up style, or pictures of models or actresses whose mass-produced pictures were intended for informal display, i.e. meant to be "pinned-up" on a wall, gained its wide-range popularity during the First World War. For the soldiers they were a representation of an ideal beautiful woman and symbolized ones waiting for them at home.
Over a year ago, when the armed conflict in Ukraine began, I decided to create a poster in a pin-up style to support soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine fighting in the Eastern Ukraine. Unexpectedly, that poster had huge success on the internet with a lot of people asking if it was possible to buy it and whether I would continue making them for other voluntary battalions as well as for official subunits of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. I decided to continue, just for fun at first. After some time I’ve accumulated certain amount of posters custom-made for specific subunits. That is when it turned into an idea to create special series to represent different voluntary battalions and official subunits of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Why Pin Ups? As I'm a big fan of Gil Elvgren, and also make a lot of illustrations in erotic style, I’ve wanted to make this artwork in a similar style to those of Elvgren’s. I didn't copy him, of course, – girls on my posters are more discreet and serious, as they represent the Armed Forces.
“Military Pin Up Girls” is the 11,7"×16,5" calendar for 2016, which consists of 12 different full color illustrations. It will have binding at the top, so it will be possible to either turn them over monthly or take them out and use like posters. Each calendar will be signed.
I've already made the first version of the printed calendar so that you could see some details and the design.
The Creative ProcessMy work is 100% digital art, from the sketch to the full color illustration. Some ladies on the illustrations are real girls who volunteer to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces to get all necessary provision. As it is costly to rent a studio for the photo shoot, I used only their personal portrait photos as references for drawings. Some ladies on the illustrations are products of my imagination. As for the weapons, I mostly tried to draw those used by soldiers in Ukraine. Usually it takes from 2 weeks to a month to create one illustration, so I worked for a year to create this project. I tried to make all the illustrations realistically with lots of details, which would explain why it takes such a long time, but then it looks awesome when printed!
Here is the process from the sketch to the completed poster:
Also you can watch the video documenting the process of creation of a poster (video was speeded up 10 times).
If this project succeeds, some part of printed calendars will go to subunits of the Armed Forces. Thank you for your interest in my project. I hope you will support it. And I promise, if you do, you will absolutely love the calendar!
Risks and challenges
As all 12 illustrations are ready, all I have to do is print and send all the rewards to the backers. The only risk is that my computer will burn and I’ll lose all my art work which is highly unlikely as you can guess :)
I guarantee sending out the calendar and other rewards to you ahead of 2016. I will provide updates on the shipping process as it progresses.
- (30 days)