1. Dan DeCarlo (1916 – 2001)

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    Daniel S. DeCarlo was an illustrator and comics artist best know for his work with Archie Comics. DeCarlo grew up in a poor neighbourhood of New Rochelle, New York but dreamed of becoming an illustrator like his hero, Norman Rockwell. Young DeCarlo attended the New Rochelle High School and upon graduating, he actually phoned Rockwell to discuss his university options. Inevitably, DeCarlo enrolled in the same university that Rockwell’s once attended, the Manhattan’s Art Students League.

    After three years at art school, in 1941 DeCarlo was drafted for World War II. Stationed in Great Britain, he originally served in the 8th Air Force worked. However, once his artistic skills were quickly noticed and he was assigned to the drafting department. There he designed posters and advertisements, as well as drawing the weekly military comic strip. DeCarlo also painted cartoon mascots on the nosecones of fighter planes. Whilst overseas he went on a blind date with a Belgium girl called Josette Dumont. She would later become his wife and a source of inspiration.

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  2. Manga Mondays ~ Ilya Kuvshinov

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    Ilya Kuvshinov is an illustrator and storyboard artist originally from Moscow, Russia, but whom currently resides in Yokohama, Japan. Much of his personal work consists of pin-ups influenced by video games and film. Beautifully and sensitively rendered, Kuvshinov is able to paint alluring female characters without the need to sexualise them (for the most part).

    His artwork has amassed a large and loyal fanbase which is evident when looking at his Patreon page. Currently, 827 patrons are supporting Kuvshinov with a healthy $3,821.36 per week. Allow me to pick up my jaw before I continue.

    Kuvshinov also posts process videos and animations to his YouTube and Vimeo channels. A few months ago he posted a wonderful fan letter in the form of an animation for his favorite manga Sing Yesterday for Me, which you can watch here.

    Find more of Ilya Kuvshinov’s work on his DeviantArt page and keep up-to-date with him on Facebook.

  3. Earl Oliver Hurst (1895 – 1958)

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    An inductee of the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, Earl Oliver Hurst’s work is unmistakeable. Born in 1898 New York, Mr. Hurst’s career was exceptionally successful, of course, not without a difficulty. He chopped and changed his path and titles quite a few times but worked with a host of clients along the way. Some of his well-known magazine work includes Collier’s, American Weekly, True, Pictorial Review, McCalls, and Home Magazine. Also doing numerous advertising illustrations for the likes of Nabisco, Royal Crown Cola, General Electric, Sanka, Jantzen Swim Suits, and Swan Soap.

    A decidedly wonderful book of his work was published by Hermes Press in 2005 called, The Art Of Earl Oliver Hurst. If you are luck enough to find it at a reasonable price, it’s definitely worth picking up.

    There is a great article on Hurst and his working habits on the Society of Illustrators website. For now I will leave you with this interesting quote:

    “You will never find a deliberately drawn line in a Hurst illustration: only a swift-moving brush will produce that sense of alive-ness which is the essential characteristic of his work”
    — Ernest Watson, 1942

  4. Book Review ~ Sirens: The Pin-Up Art of David Wright

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    Editor’s Note

    David Wright was one of the leading pin-up artists of the 20th Century. Unlike his American contemporaries Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren, the British-born Wright brought a sense of realism to his willowy beauties, who appeared in publications on both sides of the Atlantic, especially during WW2. Now, finally, access has been granted to his archive, and this is the first ever collection of his work.

    The Book Review

    Sirens opens up with a enjoyable forward from David’s son, Patrick. Speaking of the many hours his father spent in his studio, Patrick confesses to never really knowing what he did all day. From the introduction onwards, the author give a short history of David Wright, his career and the impact his work had at the time. Starting from page 18, the majority of the book is beautiful large full-page pin-ups.

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  5. Daniela Uhlig

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    German Illustrator and digital painter Daniela Uhlig has a rather eclectic style. Daniela has a fantastic ability to render the female form and create dazzling pin ups and gorgeous faces. Based in Berlin  she currently works full time however she also works as a freelancer in her spare time and still manages to find time to produce more personal work.

    Checkout her official website Or swing by to her blog to view more of her sketchbook work.

  6. Edwardo Risso

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    As an avid fan, I have been following the work of Argentinean comic book illustrator Edwardo Risso, for some time now. Best known for his collaborative work with writter Brian Azzarello on 100 Bullets, Mr. Risso and his iconic, often gritty, style has become instantly recognisable among comic fans.

    Mr. Risso has an amazing rhythm to his visual storytelling, often using small gestures, dynamic compositions and expressive line work to create an experience in the story. If you like gritty film noir-esq visuals then I highly recommend that you check out his work.

    If you’re a comic book fan and would like to purchase some original artwork by Mr. Risso click here.

  7. Robert Sammelin

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    I am just about in love with the work of self-taught Swedish illustrator, Robert Sammelin. Since 2007 he has worked as a Senior Concept Artist at DICE, producing concept art and graphic design for the Battlefield series, Medal of Honor, and Just Cause 2.

    Mr. Sammelin’s work has a hard edge feel, in part due to his cool and confident characters. His stand-out skill as a draftsman means he can hop around different mediums, utilising traditional and modern tools, and always produce captivating work. To see more of his work, there an excellent selection on his website.