Commissioned Pin up Art
Recently we were hired, commissioned
to airbrush paint pin up girl, airplane nose art piece on metal.
The piece was a simulated because we curved the metal piece to simulate a
curved side of an airplane and the rivets and panels on the plane were also
The client wanted a special painting for her husband, he
had specifically wanted Pin Up girl, nose art like the ones seen in the old
WWII war planes. His input was that it be a camouflage paint job with the
pin-up juxtaposed the rivets and camo-job. Plus he wanted a notches on it
showing enemy planes shot down. The piece was titled
“Ecstatic Essie”, the clients name.
We started with a 24” x 36” aluminum panel. The panel
already had already been primed with a white base color. We wet sanded the
panel to accept the paint. We started with painting the camouflage paint job
base. We then proceeded to put in the simulated panels. We contoured the panel
line to make them look as if they were curved to give the painting the feel of
the actual planes curvature.
Next we worked on the rivets that hold the panels (in
real life). They were a little tricky…our approach was to paint a larger,
dark circle almost black…this would simulate indentations where the rivets
are set. We then did a white spot on in the middle of the simulated
indentations, these indicated the rivet heads. Next we did a half round white
area at the bottom of the dark circle to simulate the lower part of the
rivets’ indentation bouncing light. All this served to give the rivets depth
and make them look semi real.
The above was considered the background. After that was
all done we prepared to paint the red headed pin up. We started that with
covering the painted back ground with application tape so that we could lay
out/sketch the girl and start painting her without over spraying the
background. The layout is done with pencil - then we cut out the frisket for
the body. We start airbrush
painting the girl by laying down the flesh tone for her body. Once that is
done and I am satisfied with the flesh color tone I start putting in her
features. The features are put in with a small brush before I start the
airbrushing. The back ground I mentioned before was done using acrylic paints.
For the detail I switch over to urethane paints (yes they are
compatible)…using red, yellow and blue urethanes I have already mixed a
color I will use for shadowing. I never use black for shadowing. I use
urethanes for the detail because they spray finer that acrylics, but the
acrylics cover faster for the backgrounds. I find the urethane paints are the
ultimate paints for airbrush use.
After I have the body painted with the proper flesh tone
I cut out another frisket for the bathing suit which I want to make real
shear. After I paint the suit on her I come in with some shadowing to make it
as if though you can see her body through the shear bathing suit which gives
it the desirable, sexy pin-up appeal.
As a freelance, artist we have worked in a variety of
mediums. We have have been creating and painting for over twenty years.
Airbrush is our specialty, but we get commissioned to create custom art in a
variety of mediums including acrylic painting, portraits and art.