Thursday, March 24, 2011
Gil Elvgren felt that his models were the key to the strength of his paintings, and he had an exquisite eye in choosing the correct women for his projects. An avid photographer, Gil Elvgren shot his own model set-ups, and to artists, the picture archive from Elvgren's career may be more helpful in understanding how he portrayed comeliness than are his words. There are several sources online where you can see Elvgren's photos, and it is worth the effort to compare his finished works with the original reference. It is a great way to examine what Elvgren added, and what he simplified, in order to make his famous beauties. You can purchase some of his books via amazon.
image & text via: under-painting