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31 March 2014

April pin-up girl by Bill Randall

This April pin-up girl was published in 1956 by the Kemper-Thomas Calendar Company and was painted by Bill Randall.

Bill Randall was a highly prolific, versatile illustrator who painted pin-up and pin-up art for a vast range of markets. The first of Randall's Date Book calendar series was published in 1953 by the Kemper-Thomas Calendar Company in Ohio. One of the most successful in the company's history, the series is sometimes compared to the Artist's Sketch Pads published by Brown & Bigelow. However, Randall's sketches were executed in gouache rather than pencil and were drawn on an overlay rather than on the painting itself. The result was that his calendars had a more light-hearted feeling, accented by the cartoon-like side sketches. That a photograph of Randall often appeared on the front of the calendar only enhanced his celebrity.

Want to know more? Go to the Bill Randall gallery at The Pinup Files.

Bill Randall pin-up calendar girl
ARTIST :: Bill Randall
DATE :: 1956
Copyright © Kemper-Thomas Calendar Company

13 March 2014

Jessamyn Rose – pin-up model

Jessamyn Rose was born in Australia but now lives in Los Angeles in the US. She has a range of styles, including pin-up and glamour, and enjoys transforming herself into different characters with different looks. She is a creative and thrives on working with liked minded souls to bring visions to life.

Her background is in dance which is a distinct advantage when setting up poses. She also draws inspiration from her love of art history.

“My passion is to create images that touch people, to bring authenticity and creativity, portraying feminine beauty as the ever alluring goddess.”

Jessamyn has worked with a number of photographers featured in The Pin-up Files including Shannon Brooke, Gary Heller and Michael Malak.

Jessamyn
MODEL :: Jessamyn Rose
PHOTOGRAPHER :: Shannon Brooke
Copyright © Shannon Brooke

1 March 2014

March pin-up girl by Bill Randall

This March pin-up girl was published in 1959 by the Kemper-Thomas Calendar Company and was painted by Bill Randall.

Bill Randall was a highly prolific, versatile illustrator who painted pin-up and pin-up art for a vast range of markets. The first of Randall's Date Book calendar series was published in 1953 by the Kemper-Thomas Calendar Company in Ohio. One of the most successful in the company's history, the series is sometimes compared to the Artist's Sketch Pads published by Brown & Bigelow. However, Randall's sketches were executed in gouache rather than pencil and were drawn on an overlay rather than on the painting itself. The result was that his calendars had a more light-hearted feeling, accented by the cartoon-like side sketches. That a photograph of Randall often appeared on the front of the calendar only enhanced his celebrity.

Want to know more? Go to the Bill Randall gallery at The Pinup Files.

Bill Randall pin-up calendar girl
ARTIST :: Bill Randall
DATE :: 1959
Copyright © Kemper-Thomas Calendar Company

7 February 2014

Passion for Pin-ups Art Contest

The Pin-up Files was recently asked to be one of the sponsors of the Passion for Pin-ups Art Contest organised by photographer and artist Cindy Nunn at Fine Art America. Naturally, we said YES!

We asked Cindy why she had created the contest.

"My idea for the Passion for Pin-ups contest came about after general dissatisfaction with a previous, similar contest I hosted earlier in the year. Although some of the art was beautifully done most of it was badly composed and very few pieces resembled what would be considered classic pin-up style. For that contest I allowed any member of Fine Art America to vote. So, I decided to host another contest, with a panel of eight jurors/judges to decide the winning pieces, and this time around I was more brutal in the weeding out process. This method worked out well and in the end we had some fantastic pin-up art to vote for, as you can see by the quality of the winning pieces.

"The internet and art sites have been inundated and flooded with 'art' which is quite often just glorified pornography. I personally don't have a problem with porn and feel it does have its place in society, with limits, but it seemed that the art of the tease was being lost. Pin-up art portrays a more innocent sexuality that is attractive, appealing and fun, and this was my effort to help in the process of reviving it."

The standard of entries was high but  here are the winners!


Gary Heller pinup photographer1st Place - Gary Heller | Gary Heller Photography

"My work is most always inspired by light and shadow, shapes and definition as well as character and mood."


New York photographer Gary Heller first picked up a camera around ten years ago, shooting urban and rural scenes. His work in this genre clearly demonstrates his striking command of texture and light. More recently he started to explore portraiture, pin-up and fetish achieving some stunning results. His winning photograph of model Jade Vixen is a superb example of contemporary pin-up, combining a touch of fetish with a vintage vibe.

"Jade Vixen Bubblegum Erotic Pinup 1098" by Gary Heller pinup photographer
1st Place - "Jade Vixen Bubblegum Erotic Pin-up 1098" | Buy this print


Jeff Thrower pinup photographer2nd Place - Jeff Thrower | Jeff Thrower Photography

"I have a very strong passion for photography and design. My work is very detail orientated when it comes to capturing a beautiful and unique piece of art. I am very open-minded and think outside the box. I believe that by having these traits, it helps my work to stand out, attract attention and make it memorable to others."

"White Wall Pinup Girl" by Jeff Thrower pinup photographer
2nd Place - "White Wall Pin-up Girl" | Buy this print


Kevin Clark pinup artist3rd Place - Kevin Clark | Kevin Clark Pin-up Artist

"I look to find not just an interesting image, but something that tells the viewer a bit about the model - perhaps a glimpse into her soul if we're lucky."

"Whoa Nellie" by pinup artist Kevin Clark
3rd Place - "Whoa Nellie" | Buy this print


Want to know more? Go to the Passion for Pin-ups website.

6 February 2014

Chrissy Sparks pin-up photographer

Want to know more? See the Chrissy Sparks gallery at The Pin-up Files.

Chrissy Sparks contemporary pin-up photographer
PHOTOGRAPHER :: Chrissy Sparks (Doll House Photography)
MODEL :: SINderella Rockafella
Copyright © Chrissy Sparks