Gil Elvgren. The best pin-up illustrator.


Gil Elvgren. The best pin-up illustrator

I want to start my illustrations review from the works of the best american pin-up illustrator Gil Elvgren. I choose him not only because pin-up is actual today, but also he is one of my favorites illustrators. Elvgren is fairly considered to be the best pin-up illustrator whom the world ever knew. He painted more than 500 canvases and each can be called a masterpiece. The basic technique he used was oilo on canvas. Here you can find several works of him which I consider to be his best pictures.

I personally admire Elvgren, because he raised up the style of poster painting to the level of art. He painted canvases that were stylish those times and nevertheless they do not stop to amaze us nowadays. Models on his pictures noticeably differ from contemporary standard of female beauty: ruddy cheeks, eyes beaming with happiness, wide smile without dirty trick or fretfully squeezed lips – absolute personification of feminity and plain pure beauty. Nowadays we have other female traits that are in value.

Nevertheless, you can’t take eyes off of those girls. Despite the fact that each picture has candid erotic traits, none of them looks grossy. Elvgren perfectly knew how to show all female advantages in the best foreshortening.

He extremely well fill every image with emotions, bringing it a grain of irony and coquetry. It is not possible not to like his pictures, not to admire his works. I’m looking at them again and again, and i can’t find any detail which would be unnecessary.
Every small thing has it’s meaning, interior, pleats in a dress or curl. I also want to mention good workmanship of his works.

Elvgren draw his pictures during more than 40 years. Every new work was better than previous. in-up Illustrators, artists were trying and still trying to imitate him. I can understand them. He is really outstanding person.



























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25 Responses to "Gil Elvgren. The best pin-up illustrator."

  1. elPas0 says:

    wow :)
    very nice girls

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  3. Jasper says:

    So did he use actual models to do his paintings or were the women from his brain?

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  5. Foxy says:

    Jasper, he used actual models (his friends)

  6. These are great designs. You’ve got talent!

  7. stilfx says:

    …with friends like that… ;)

    Truly an artist though, the work evokes emotion and style that would be lost in a photograph. Absolute classic work.

  8. Really great designs. Keep up the good work!

  9. Emlaay says:

    these are really good. something nice to look at while i take a break from homework.

  10. rachel says:

    just wondering if you know how to find the picture of the girl knitting…

  11. Vickie says:

    Rachel, I believe the image you’re looking for is "A Stitch in Time" and can be found under the gallery section of my website. Kudos for the Elvgren tribute.

  12. Vickie says:

    And "Spicy Yarn"

  13. Dan says:

    If you’re like pin-ups and want to see a great selection in one book, have a look at this one: "The great american pin-up" by Charles G.Martignette and Louis K. Meisel (TASCHEN). The pictures are just pure pleasure! Many by Elvgren.

  14. Gil Elvgren was a genius in his own time. You have done a wonderful job showing his work. Keep up the good work.

  15. Elvgren was the best pin-up artist in the history of American Illustration. I have wanted to do some video showing his work for a long time. You have inspired me to move in that direction again. Hasn’t his work been important enough to support a major book? Nice blog too by the way.

  16. Adam says:

    Elvgren is amazing, I actually got a tattoo of his "Thar She Blows" (or "Funhouse") Pin-Up.

  17. slick says:

    Did Gil ever use Betty Page as a model? I’m sure the painting would have been awesome. America’s great illustrator immortalizing the worlds most beatiful brunette of the fiftie’s. wow.

  18. Rachel says:

    Can you tell me where I can find out how much an original Gil Elvgren pin up is worth? It’s titled Catch On. I cant seem to find anything on the internet.

  19. The terrible beauty beyond her eyes . Each an every picture looks artistic &Al Celebrity Gossip splendorous.
    The sit outlook is so nice.

  20. R. Cristi says:

    You are correct. He is a very gifted pin up illustrator. The women look almost ready to come out of the picture. great post.

    R. Cristi
    Author of Blonde Joke book!

  21. Wayne says:

    Awsome stuff. My girlfriend and I are huge fan of pinup girls. We have a cool picture of Carmen Miranda that we love. I don’t have any illustrated pics, but after checking out Gil’s work, I am thinking of adding to the collection. The question is now how to find a spot on the wall.

  22. Dave says:

    I’ve seen some of these pictures used on greetings cards or coasters, often with a humorous line. (Girl applying lipstick: “It’s me or the house. We can’t both look good.”) I wondered who had done the artwork. Thank you.

  23. very nice girls! Beautiful pics!


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