Dig. This customer wanted a pinup of his wife with a grill as a logo for his BBQ business/team called "Meat Candy". The digital painting was then printed on aluminum as a sign for their grill. They then proceeded to win first place in the first BBQ contest they brought her to. Pretty rad.
So this one was kind of different and fun. The Customer wanted a custom pin up painting created for his guitar which he calls "SuperGirl". So I was to use that as a starting point and come up with the details. Oh, and he also wanted it to look like a certain celebrity, so that's a first for me as well. Well, now it's time to go make a shipping crate for it, and then start on sketches for two different pin up commissions that have to be done for Christmas, busy busy.
All done! The customer wanted a pin up painting of his wife with a military aviation theme for his craft brewing company called "Fly By Brewing Company." I painted this pinup mostly with airbrush to give it more of that classic WWII era feel. The wings behind her are the design of the US Army Air Corps pilot wings pin of the time that military pilots would wear on their uniform. I chose to abbreviate "Company" to "Co." to save space but also because certain words were usually printed in their abbreviated form in posters of the era. I hand lettered the words with a brush in a font typical of propaganda posters of the time. Now I think I'm gonna go have a beer. Stay tuned for two digital pin up commissions coming soon.
So I Thought I would post a little progress on the air-force/brewery pin up commission. I am using a new paint for this painting suggested by Kent Lind. It's Wicked Detail Color by Createx. It is specially designed for airbrushing on many different substrates. While I love Lascaux Acrylics, they are not designed for airbrushing, and as such have some issues: most notably the colors separate quickly when thinned with a lot of water. This means the color is a different hue when first airbrushing than when you get to the bottom of the cup (unless you stir it Constantly.) Secondly, the pigment particles are much larger in the Lascaux paint, so regardless of how much it is thinned, it will always have some issue being sprayed through a precise airbrush like a Iwata Custom Micron. So that is my two cents on that. More progress coming soon. Stay tuned.
Pin-Up artist Robert Ricci.