I thought it would be fun to show some of Elvgren’s original models next to the art he produced. As I was writing this post all I could think of was Queen’s
Bohemian Rhapsody…..”Is it the real thing? Is this just fantasy? I hope you enjoy them.
Once again position is key, notice that the actual model seems a bit awkward while the drawing does not.
Many of Elvgren’s models are not what I would consider particularly “pretty” models, just gals with great bodies and presence. This model I thought was an exception to this statement.
Elvgren again shows his ability to improve on the real thing. The picture of the model seems somewhat trampy and seedy while Elvgren’s picture has the flair of the 50’s pin-up… Sexy while still remaining playful and fun.
Elvgren has a certain “look” to his Pin Ups, the round cheeks, the twinkle in the eye with the raised brow. As you can see from comparing model to finished picture, Elvgren took artistic license with most of his pictures… This picture is an exception with the ending result be a “photo” likeness.
We have quite a few other pictures to add to the gallery, but that is for another day.