UPDATE 9/3/10: I’m also linking this post for this week’s Illustration Friday theme “dessert,” on GDG’s recommendation. I’ve always meant to participate, but never have. I hope to do some original sketches for future themes…
A couple of months ago I was invited to join a very talented collective of ladies, Girls Drawin’ Girls. The members of the group are women in the animation and illustration industries who also enjoy exploring the art form of the pinup. “Girls Drawin Girls was founded in 2006 by Simpsons veteran Melody Severns and storyboard artist Anne Walker as a way to showcase women artists working in the male-dominated industry of animation. Together, they felt it was time for these talented women to demonstrate their creative abilities and artistic interpretations of female sexuality by re-defining the art of the pin-up.”
Every year, these ladies put together a themed art book, and produce an art show in association with the book. I signed on too late to be included in this year’s book, but I was invited to submit some work for the show, which this year is dessert themed.
Sugar and Spice
Friday, July 9, 2010
7:00pm – 11:00pm
1105 North Hollywood Way
I really enjoyed exploring the show’s theme in a series of three portraits I’ve just finished. I decided that I wanted to paint portraits of ladies eating dessert. Of course, I wanted to make something that was aesthetically delightful, much like desserts themselves, and like traditional pinups. However, I also wanted to make a conceptual statement. In a society that is increasingly obsessed with weight and body image, food and eating is such a loaded issue for many women. I wanted to portray these women as confident and joyful, without any sense of shame about the act they are partaking in. Of course, beyond the issue of body and eating, I also wanted to use the act of enjoying dessert as a metaphor for a woman proudly taking ownership of her desires, goals, and identity. The focus on portraits of particular women, with their own personalities, styles, and preferences, also stands in contrast to the traditional pinup of woman as archetype/idea/object.
For now, I’m about to ship off these three portraits to the show. But I really hope to work with additional models and expand this series. Stay tuned for information about how you may be able to help me.