I’ve started work on a new series as I’ve not done any illustrative work in awhile.
I lovelovelove retro- styled pinups, but I noticed that the body types were all exactly the same, with the exception of Coops work. Also the trend seems to be to an overly slick stylistic approach.
I decided that a different body types needed to be looked at as subject matter and that a return to the more painterly pinup needed to happen, at least in my studio. Thus came the “Cheesecake makes you Phat ” series. I think that a direct challenge to the narrow societal parameters of what is beautiful (and imposed on us!) is in order.
Larger women tend to be very body shy and I was worried that I’d have an issue with finding people willing to share reference shots, but the support for the series has been overwhelming! I’ve got models ranging from a size 12 to a size 30 and all of them are fabulous!
I’ve already had interest from spaces willing to show the series and it’s still on the drawing boards! Awesomeness!
The trick is going to be finding the balance of titillating rather than tawdry and provocative rather than pornographic. I’m also throwing in modern twists such as piercings, dreadlocks and tattoos.
There was something rather innocent about the classic cheesecake pose, at least by current standards. I’m hoping to retain some of that charm.
You’ll have to wait to see them when the series is finished and I’ve got prints available.
Just remember that patience is a virtue, but in general I’ve found being virtuous is mostly overrated