"Real Pin Up" is a line of illustrations I've been working on to represent the average woman. As you may or may not know I've loved to draw in pin up style, but always found myself painting the same type of figure. There are so many different sorts of people in this world, and each deserve to feel as confident as those pin ups. Our "flaws" are what make us beautiful, and unlike anyone else. It's time to celebrate what makes us different, so this is a line to represent all the wonderful kinds of women out there! If you have any suggestions for a subject, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This fourth RPU has been requested by a few people, and was one I was extremely excited to create. Curves are beautiful, we come in all shapes and sizes, and we should flaunt what we've got. Too many people are hung up on size or being a certain shape. My philosophy is that if you're healthy and happy, that's all that matters. I am certainly not going to deny the foods I love to fit a "standard". It's all about embracing the body you were given, and showing it off however you see fit! So feel confident and sexy, because ladies our bodies are beautiful, no matter what size. Like the words of Queen shout "fat bottom girls, you make the rockin' world go round"!
-- 5 July 2013 (Real Pin Up - Curves)
For this RPU I wanted to represent the fight against breast cancer. In particular, I illustrated a woman with a double mastectomy. We don't fully comprehend the toll it takes on people battling this illness. And on top of all that, to deal with changes made to your body. It would be foolish to say I understand what you're going through, but I want women to know that you're strong and truly beautiful!
-- 19 June 2013 (Real Pin Up - Breast Cancer)
This second pin up is to represent the strength and beauty of female body builders. Though I'm not too familiar with the subject (clearly), I do know that this physique takes much work and dedication to maintain. The design was loosely based on the propaganda poster of the female during the war (in the facial feature), but the pose remains realistic. To all those women sculpting their bodies, keep it up! Your definition of the human body is beautiful and powerful.
-- 11 June 2013 (Real Pin Up - Body Builder)
This first idea hits real close to home. Though this woman is not myself (though the reference for the chair really came in handy), she represents the things I can be self-conscious about. Having SMA (a form of Muscular Distrophy), I've always had to bite my finger in order to lift my arm up, and have had a sort of distorted figure. Sometimes it's difficult to feel 100% confident with the weird shape, and bulky chair. But the way I see it, six wheels are better than none! For all those lovely disabled (or handicapped if you prefer) women out there, you're absolutely gorgeous.
-- 26 May 2013 (Real Pin Up - Wheelchair)