Sunday, August 5, 2012

Who is Gil Elvgren?

I keep seeing these pinup archery girls everywhere lately, and putting my rather (rather, completely useless) useless minor in Art History to work, decided that I wanted to know more about where they came from.

Short version: Gil Elvgren was a well-known commercial illustrator back in the Golden Era of illustration, alongside the likes of Norman Rockwell. His work for Coca-Cola, Cosmopolitan, GE and NAPA spanned a successful career for 40 years. His best known work was the series of pinup calendars painted for Brown & Bigelow.

The complete story can be found here:  The Art and Life of Gil Elvgren

The pinup girl has never gone away and seems to be enjoying a resurgence of popularity in photography and illustration lately. This new one is more 1920's vintage poster style, and her expression means business even while wearing a catsuit.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Recommended Blog Reading

A brand-new outdoorsy blogger  - The Deer Hunter

He's born in mid-Michigan (holler!), raised in the mid-west, following our family tradition about doing fun stuff and then writing about it.  Follow his teenage bow huntin', fishin' adventures.

 Ladies, please direct all fan mail and dating inquiries through me  ;-)