PLEASE, take some time to read the description ;-)
I love pin-up girls, especially those from the early days.. I have been searching for beautiful old shots and it was very hard to find one respecting the "explicit nudity" rules on pxleyes, most of the images are “surprise” nude, in a very beautiful way, it has to be said. And there for a warning when you visit the source link, stock page.
A big thank you to Gentlemansclubstock on DeviantArt.
I found her and instantly fell in love ;-)
If I have to put a date on this photo, I would guess it's been taken around 1920 - 1930. The roaring 20's, flapper era, maybe later. That would mean she was born around 1900..
I have been searching through old pin-up girls from that time and she has a striking resemblance with, for example, Marion Davies, see http://www.google.nl/images?um=1&hl=nl&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Anl%3Aofficial&biw=1221&bih=866&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=Marion+Davies&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=&oq=
I wanted this image to be as close to real as possible. I could have gone overboard on a psychedelic theme but I wanted to show the picture how it would have been taken so many years ago.. Through the eyes of the photographer, may he probably rest in peace.
The tapestries behind the girl I did some research on too.
I found out that Jean Baptiste Oudry designed a series of tapestries (1736-1749) depicting the hunts of Louis XV (Wikipedia)
In this photo there are two different tapestries, if they are real that is to be considered, but it seems they where duplicated much in the early 20th century. I found some similar things in both tapestries, but there are differences in these and the one on the photo, witch I found out while painting. I have to say I did use those tapestries to help me deciding on color in the clothing of the “hunting men”. I wanted the colorized image to be as close as real as possible, I thought she deserved that. The images I used for reference is one of a Antique store in Belgium, and one is for sale on a Belgian Ebay kind of site, I have contacted both and I will provide the links in the source.
Needless to say, this image has so much detail.. I have spend hours colorizing this image. It has been a hell of a job.
I started out with the original image witch and got rid of some imperfections. I duplicated the layer and with a levels adjustment layer changed the overall look of the image. Made it somewhat darker and got rid of the grey-ish glow.
The original image is in my sbs, as well as a animated sbs wich shows you the process of colorizing. I hope you can appreciate this work, there are many hour involved! I put one up in hi-res as well. Take a look at it! Every detail I put in pixel by pixel..
(5 years and 1360 days ago)