Wednesday, April 1, 2009

It's a pinup!



It really didn't take much to convince hubby that he should let me paint a pinup girl on the remote control boat he's building. In fact, the conversation went something like this:

Me: "You should totally let me paint a pinup on your boat."
Hubby: "Uh... SURE!"

Heehee! I wanted to paint my take on a Gil Elvgren, 50's style pinup. I'd never painted on wood before, or painted a pinup girl for that matter. I just jumped right in.... 
Remember the boat from Mondays post?


Since the boat is black, I drew with white pencil:

Then I realized that the colors would look muddy painted on top of the black, so I blocked it all in with gesso:


And sketched the details over that with pencil:


Next I started laying down the skin tones:




And gave her some hair - she kind of reminds me of Jessica Rabbit now:


Starting on the nightie:



And the finished painting :




And a shot of yours truly to give an idea of the boats size. I put the camera on a tripod on top of a desk to get this shot, lol.

I had so much fun painting this pinup. Painting skin is a lot easier than painting fur, maybe I should stop painting animals? Haha, just kidding - I could never stop doing that! 

Next step is to hand letter the boat's name on it's sides. You'll have to wait a little bit to find out the name, lol...

36 comments:

the7msn said...

This was like watching a stripper in reverse. You may have found another niche! But I still prefer the dog paintings.

pencilportraits said...

I just love this, how brilliant! It looks so good, what a change from the norm Kathleen, I expect you were quite excited to do this.

Sarah said...

Wow girl - paint humans - ya think - amazing work!! I've always love that era of artwork!!! Wonderful job!! Very cute picture of you too!!!!! I love painting on wood, it has a different feel but I really like it. Sarah

Life With Dogs said...

I'm waiting on the name!

Tena said...

Holy Jessica Rabbit, Batman! She's stunning! I love how she turned out!!!!!!! You're amazing!

Melody Lea Lamb said...

Oh she turned out fantastically! What a nice change and challenge eh? I was so surprised when you gave us the shot of you beside the boat. I was picturing a tiny little thing. Your hubby must love it!

Pussycats and Angels said...

Well Kathleen you never cease to amaze me, you just seem to be able to adapt to any subjects. Yes I too love your animals, but it must be fun painting something different and on a different surface aswell.Your talents just keep flowing. Waiting with baited breath on announcement of the name.
Warm Wishes
JulieX

Kathleen Coy said...

Thank you so much everyone!

7, that is so funny! And I could never stop painting dogs. :-)

Karie, YES! I was very excited to do this project!

I adore that era of artwork too, Sarah. And I liked painting on wood so much I think I will look into painting on gessoed wood panels.

LWD, patience grasshoppa...

Thanks Tina. **blush**

Thanks Melody, yes it was a very nice change and challenge to do something so different. I think it's good to do things like that once in a while. And yes, the boat is as big as our coffee table! Hubby does love it. :-)

Thank you Julie, you are so kind.

Hugs!

Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

Wowie!!! That is awesome. I loved seeing the progression, and was surprised at how big the boat is. Can't wait to hear the name.

Is this boat for decorative purposes only, or will it ever see the water?

Kathleen Coy said...

Thanks Five. Yes, it will see the water - hubby plans to put an engine (I think a lawn mower or something like that) inside it and make it remote controlled. The whole thing is going to be clear coated so the paint will be protected.

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

How utterly cool!!

I can't do people worth a flip!! Yours is wonderful!

Totally Timmy said...

I didn't think the boat was that big! Awesome painting, what a great talent you have.

Nikki said...

Amazing! I looooove it!

Carolee said...

OMG, I LOVE it!!

And I'm giggling at your "convincing" your husband to let you paint this one, hehe...

Really well done!

~ Carolee

Julia Guthrie said...

Wow wow...that is amazing Kat! I love it:) You rock at painting 50's pinup girls! hehe

aksarbenlove said...

oh my effing goodness. that freaking rocks. i LOVE varga girls. rar!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

She looks hot! So does the pinup girl - hee hee:)
Great job. I can't stand painting people.

artbyakiko said...

Wow! What a gorgeous pinup painting! You have done a great job on this. Can't wait to see it with the name painted.

Kathleen Coy said...

Thank you Gail, TT, Nikki, Carolee, Julia, Kristal, Jen and Akiko. :-)
xoxo

gtyyup said...

Amazing!!! And you want me to believe that story about you never painting a pin up girl before...HA!

I hope Hubby was a lil' more excited about it when he saw the finished product than at the beginning!!

Vesna Designs said...

Beautiful...I love it !!!

Caroline said...

What a great job you've made of the pin-up girl - it was so interesting to see the work in progress too. Look forward to seeing the maiden voyage pics!

Mona said...

Kathleen, this is wonderful!! And it's so nice that your post includes a picture of you too. I assume it's you in the pin-up too, right?

Your husband did a fantastic job on this boat too, it's beautiful! What a team you are!

Lisa said...

Kathleen that is so wonderful , the way you have allowed me to view a process i am unlikely to see elsewhere- thank you- your work is just amzing- i love the detail
and you ahve a special light about you too
wonderful post

Colette Theriault said...

That is so cool! Thanks for sharing the progression of the painting.

C-ingspots said...

She's gorgeous!! Very cool...I'm just so impressed. I'm thinking it was a good thing you went to artistry full-time girl - you're good! Very nice smile too, BTW. My hubby would love to have a boat like that - he's into remote controlled things.

Kathleen Coy said...

Thank you all so much for your comments, you are all so sweet. I think it's really fun to see works in progress, so I'm glad you enjoy it too.
xx

Bijou said...

Wow wee!

That is a terrific painting!! I bet your man loves it. My mom is soooo jealous of your talent. She can't draw a stick figure and get it right. BOL

Wags & wiggles,
Bijou

marnie vollenhals said...

Wow Kathleen...that is awesome. You are great at people! And you are so cute yourself!

sam said...

Kathleen thats brilliant! I love your narrative what a fantastic idea. The boat is looking great he is very lucky;o)

Train Wreck said...

Oh look it's YOU! Pretty girl. I think I see a resemblance to the pin up girl? he he. OH i hacve to tell you. I was in a little boutique the other day, and they had this great old drafting table. I asked them if it was for sale? (I kept walking over and looking at it)It was as if it was drawing me to it. (haha "drawing") It was for sale! I bought it! I love it it is the most inspiring table ever. I can only imagine the master pieces that were created on it? I will take a photo soon. I thought of you when I saw it. I remember loving yours when you posted about it.

Thank you for all your comforting words. It means so much. ((Hugs))

Jessica (Hey Lola) said...

Oh, man...this is FANTASTIC! You've totally won me over now. I mean, you had me at hello and all but...I'm totally in love with this. Totally.

Vania said...

WOW she looks amazing painted on the boat, I dont blame your hubby, mine would like this on this 4WD if I could do something like this. Shes beautiful, well done :)

Kathleen Coy said...

Thank you Bij, Marnie, Sam, TW, Jess, and Vania!

TW, you are so sweet! I can't wait to see the masterpieces you create on your new table!
Hugs!

Dean Grey said...

Kathleen!

Amazing job on the pinup!

Did you use acrylic or oils for this one? Just curious.

Great proportions, anatomically correct, bright colors.

Again, just a really nice job here.

-Dean

Kathleen Coy said...

Hey, thanks Dean! It's acrylic.