|The airbrush class was in Louisville, Kentucky.|
(That vintage fur coat weighed a ton!)
(Are you sure it doesn't make me look fat?) :-)
As I have written before in an older blog, I fell in love with the airbrush when I was a teenager. Years later, while working in a photography studio, the opportunity to study airbrushing presented itself. I attended a three day seminar in Louisville, Kentucky, and I was hooked! Later I would be teaching the airbrush technique.
|This "template" is from the original |
pattern from the long ago airbrush course.
If I were to airbrush her right cheek,
I would paint right along the edge where
it meets her cheek.
The airbrush instructor was an older gentleman from Chicago. He had a book of the art of Alberto Vargas and told us we should be able to paint similar figures (yeah, right! :-)) using two template patterns he gave us in class. Some details to the paintings are done with a brush and watercolor.
Alberto Vargas, (1896-1982), was a Peruvian painter of pin up girls. His dad, Max, was a famous photographer who taught him how to use an airbrush. At a very young age, I was studying those figures and thought I had never seen such beautiful painting. I think it was my dad's boss who gave him a yearly subscription to Playboy when I was young. ( I sneaked and looked at the magazines just to see the Vargas girl, I could not imagine how someone could paint so beautifully)
|My first "official" airbrush painting, I won a second place|
award out of 660 paintings at the Dulin Sidewalk Show in
Knoxville, Tennesse, in the 1970s.
I really needed this at
that time in my life.
Years later when I was able to attend the class, it was exciting to me when the airbrush instructor used a book of Vargas pin up art as a perfect example of what could be achieved with an airbrush...the Vargas girls I had admired for years.
Back to the beautiful art of Alberto Vargas ...
|Jane Russell, 1942|
|I adore the art deco influence in this early Vargas portrait. Notice the lines|
reflected in the compact's mirror, I thought "how clever" to repeat
the deco design that way.
Those elongated fingers ... I simply love this painting.