Pin-up Girl - created by Floortje1973


Pin-up Girl
Favs: 8SBS: 2Hi-resRank: 1/20Score: 64.1% (35)22761 views

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 2432 days ago)

3 Sources:

avatar kyricom
kyricom says:

Very nice job, and thanks for all the info - it really adds to it

avatar lchappell
lchappell says:

Great job on this, looks good. I think it would be even nicer if you saturated the color just a little.

author says:

Thank you @kyricom and @Ichappell. I find the image here different from that one in my screen.. How is that possible? This one is too bright in color.. Lets see if I can fix that!

*EDIT* I think I got it now.. Saved it for web and devices, it is a lot smaller now. But the colors are the same as I wanted them to be.. Hope this is better!

avatar lchappell
lchappell says:

nice improvement

author says:

@Ichappell *jeeejjj* Got it, so much happier now! Thanx!

avatar Drivenslush

very wonderful thoughts and it really shows the love of the subject.. excellent work

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olga says:

Great work!

avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

Very nicely done! (High res could be higher).

avatar TwilightMuse

Amazing job! The subtle coloring in the background really adds to the beauty in the image. Baeutiful model picked as well.

avatar locale
locale says:

Good research. Nice sublte work. Love the picture. GL

avatar langstrum
langstrum says:

Great source searching and great half tone of colors

author says:

Thank you all for your comments! It makes me happy that you all like it! @CMYK46, I agree hi res could be much higher.. I wish I could show you the psd file

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Keiley22 says:

Author, I have to say im very big on the 1920's era, i sing alot of 20's blues at the pubs. This work is beautiful, your choice of model is perfect.
I have always loved their expressions in these photos. The colouring is very well done with the browns and greens. I love the feel of her clothing, it makes her pose stand right out againts the rest of the image

major from me..... top vote mate!!!!!

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kathyw says:

Very nice job well done

author says:

@Keiley22 Thank you so much for your top vote and fav offcourse! That makes me really happy, I think its great you have a connection with that era and I wish you the best of luck singing!

@Kathyw Thank you very much for the compliment and the fav!

avatar steed
steed says:

Great job

avatar pixelkid
pixelkid says:

This is a beaut! I also love that era with the pin ups etc. Awesome and caring job.

avatar jadedink
jadedink says:

i'm speechless with this one. the tapestry, the girl..the color tones. its all so breathtaking. Well done, and hats off to you. Thanks for the history lesson as well!

author says:

Thank you so much @steed, @pixelkid and @jadedink. It really means a lot that you like her so much..

avatar lolu
lolu says:

Incroyable resultat, j'adore !

avatar hereisanoop

briliant job.. well done

avatar jawshoewhah
jawshoewhah [banned] says:

Nice work! GL!

avatar jawshoewhah
jawshoewhah [banned] says:

Nice work! GL!

avatar RichieMB
RichieMB says:

Congrats for 1st

avatar spaceranger

Congrats!!

avatar Drivenslush

CONGRATS!!!

avatar madamemonty

congrats beautifully done

avatar ramesan
ramesan says:

congratulations...

avatar lchappell
lchappell says:

Well done, congratulations.

author says:

Thank you all so much!! Very appreciated!!

no avatar

beautiful image... congrats...

avatar langstrum
langstrum says:

Congrats for the first place!

avatar locale
locale says:

Congrats..

author says:

I finally found her! It's Vivian Porter! Photo is taken by Alfred Cheney Johnston. Don't know if anyone will read this 1 year later.. But just in case someone does.. I found her.. Jeeejjj..

avatar Eladine
Eladine says:

thumbs up for the passion still being there after a year

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