Happy Biffy Gil Elvgren

Who doesn’t love women – they’re pretty amazing…

  • They always smell good even if it’s just shampoo
  • They take ages to get dressed and get their shit together but in the end – it’s totally worth it
  • They look a million times better in g-string than i do…

That last one aside (as it slowly burns through your colourful imagination) one of the best reasons is that they’re simply, beautiful to look at – and on March 15th, 1914 this guy was born and decided to be a boss illustrate them better than anyone had ever done before – the mac daddy of pin-ups Gil Elvgren.

Yeah that’s right, all dreamboat material – in a Jerry Stiller kinda of way

Elvgren produced over five hundred paintings of beautiful girls and women between the mid 1930′s through 1972.
He enjoyed much commercial success with clients ranging from Coca-Cola to Sealy Mattress Company. Almost all of his works are oil on canvas, and fully developed finished works of art. To this day his work continues to dominate calendars and advertising specialties across the world.

Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure Elvgren started sexy before Timberlake had to supposedly bring it back.
This will be clearly apparent after you scroll on down through a few of my favourites below.


Ok so you might say that some of his illustrations are far from empowering…

but you gotta admit this guy knew how to draw women at their most playful, their most spontaneous and their most sensual. Elvgren was artist who truly understood the proportions of beauty. The clothing and hairstyles might seem a bit dated (not that anyone really cares) but the girls will always remain timelessly gorgeous.

Gil Elvren – Great American Pin-up Artist

Gil Elvgren, His Real Pinups
– interesting comparisons with the real life models that helped create some of his works.


NOW on a side note I’d just like to take this opportunity to also spotlight a comic artist whose work has very muchly been inspired by Elvgren’s stunning pin-ups – Adam Hughes.

So while you’re admiring the mastery and greatness that is Gil Elvgren, take some time to experience the awesomeness that is Adam Hughes. Here’s his take on the feisty but always graceful Catwoman - by far the best and most renowned Catwoman to date.

“I miss drawing Selina. It sure was fun with her; lots of different moods. She’s the quintessential femme fatale.
And YES, I’m aware the she resembles Audrey Hepburn, LOL.
My personal inspiration for Selina Kyle is Ms. Hepburn, circa 1954-57. My favorite face ever.
My personal inspirational cocktail for Catwoman is:

70% young Audrey Hepburn
20% Liz Taylor from CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
10% Trinity from the first MATRIX film”

Adam Hughes homepage

Hughes’ DeviantArt page
– a MUST


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  1. Claire Claire says:

    I love this guys work. I have his 2011 calendar and I’m definitely framing my favourites next year :D
    great post!

  2. Sim Sim says:

    aw thanks – hehe me too, best calender everr
    pretty sure a picnic was the last thing on Miss August’s mind – practically rounding third base just by turning up

  3. noelle nell says:

    GREAT post, love this art!!

  4. Steve says:

    Theres something so right about Audrey Hepburn as catwoman <3 !

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