Pin- Up Girls: Erotic Art in Pinup Paintings & Pictures featuring a wide variety of media...

          

Presents: A Classic Pin-up Girl Art Gallery & Fantasy Pinups

A Gallery of New Paintings, Drawings and Pictures in traditional oils, Contemporary acrylics and cutting edge digital mixed media in the style of the classic illustrators. 

         

Contemporary Fantasy Pin Up Girl Art Gallery

 

 

                                              

The Pin Up Girl Art  of Howard David Johnson;  featuring Oil paintings, Prismacolor Paintings and Mixed Media including Photography, Painting, Drawing & Digital Artistry.

 

  Paintings and pictures of Pin-up girls  have inspired and entertained generations of men, on calendars and all kinds of covers, in magazines and on playing cards. what started in oil many years ago has spread to various media... 

Pin-up girl icons adorned the noses of American airplanes, in World War Two and since have become a delightful addition to the male world of garages and barracks. And the age of 'political correctness' has not even come close to putting an end to their appeal. 

Continuing in this grand tradition, Contemporary American Artist & Illustrator Howard David Johnson  dedicates this gallery to the immortal King of Pin- Up Art, Alberto Vargas...

  One of the chief attractions of  fairy paintings for the Mid-Victorians was that it made possible highly realistic and revealing pictures of the female form that would have otherwise been inadmissible... Unlike in modern revisionist  folklore, in traditional faerie lore, fairies were quite sexy! Many of them commonly went about proudly unclothed - uncommonly beautiful - mischievous, and scandalously promiscuous! 

With a background in traditional media including oils, pastels and colored pencils, Howard David Johnson embraces leading edge digital media in the creation of his depictions of fairy tales, folklore, mythology, legend, religion, and heroic history. He works in and mixes a wide variety of media * Oil paintings * Acrylic Paintings * Prismacolor Paintings * Drawings * Chalk & Oil Pastel Paintings * Photography * and last but not least: Digital Artistry & Mixed Media * 

For Oil paintings and other traditional art media, scroll down...

 

 

"Elven Fairy Magic"

 

 

Science-Fiction & Fantasy Pin Up Girl Art 

 

             

"NEON GENESIS" MMXIX left and far right [close-up] and center ~ "Mermaid Meena's Menace" MMXVI

 

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  Can Pin Up Girl Art be Fine Art?

  I say ~ Yes- and no, depending on the piece or your personal tastes. As delightful as they are ~ most can never be considered as such. Considering Many great artists like Ingres and most of the Pre-Raphaelites were ridiculed as Kitsch in their time, so such attacks put Pin up artists in distinguished company! Nothing is more subjective than tastes in art. There are no absolutes so some would HAVE to be. "Blodeuwedd and Gwydion": oil on canvas.  Blodeuwedd means "born of the flowers" and is Welsh Celtic Mythology in English from "The stories of the Mabinogion" translated by the Lady Charlotte Guest AKA The White book of Rhydderch (Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch) finally written in Welsh ca. 1350 & the Red Book of Hergest (Llyfr Coch Hergest) ca. 1382-1410. is a desperate attempt at good taste while "Back to the Stone age" [below right] cares only about fun!

 

              

        

 In "Elven Fairy Magic", (below left) Elements of surrealism and symbolism abound, especially in the women's faces in the evaporating mist flowing upward and merging with the forest.  In addition to theme and content, media is an important issue- this is A  Prismacolor "Painting" if you will, because this is not the kind of picture people think of when people hear the word "Drawing" "Circe the Enchantress" (below left) from Greek Mythology, is rendered in Colored Pencil on Windsor-Newton Cotman watercolor paper and is based on photographs taken by the artist. The Mushroom Fairy on the right is also colored pencils on watercolor paper.

 

                   

 

 

 

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Vintage style Pin up girls~

Variations on a theme; "Rhapsody in Red", "A Goodly Faerie Maiden" and "Rhapsody in Blue" 2015 

 

         

 

 

 

Below are "The Flower Fairy" (left) and "Pixie Dust" (right) rendered in digital media. I the early days of David's career his preliminary collages were not very presentable but now they are a viable alternative to expensive traditional media for publishing ventures. David LOVES to convert Mixed media pieces like these these to oil on canvas or art on paper.

Original oil paintings and art on paper of select pieces are available, e-mail for info...

 

 
 

 

 

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Cleopatra, a favorite of Pin Up artists, shown above in the role of seductress and Aphrodite, goddess of physical love...

 

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 "Pandora's Box" above left, Pandora was the first woman according to Hesiod,  the final oil on canvas version and below right the Prismacolor Painting or volume drawing on paper, below left, the original 35mm source photo used for the preliminary photo-montage (not shown) and above right- " Naissance de Aphrodite" [MMX] mixed media

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What is Art?

Some say Pin Up Girl art is not really art. Some say photography is not really art. Some now say digital art is not really art. The snobs USED to say paintings done with tube paint were not real art in Monet's day...

So what then- EXACTLY - IS -   art?

"Moon goddess Diana MMVIII" - media: Prismacolors with Ebony pencil lowlights on Windsor & Newton Cotman 140 lb. Water Color Paper . Background heightened with pastels.)

                                              

              Art ( noun ) [ Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ars (stem art-). ] 1. Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. 2. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty; specifically, the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium. 3. The product of these activities; human works of beauty, collectively. 4. High quality of conception or execution, as found in works of beauty; aesthetic value. 5. Any field or category of art, such as painting, music, ballet, or literature. 6. A non-scientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts. 7. a. A system of principles and methods employed in the performances of a set of activities: the art of building. b. A trade or craft that applies such a system of principles and methods: pursuing the baker's art. 8. A specific skill in adept performance, conceived as requiring the exercise of intuitive faculties that cannot be learned solely by study: the art of writing letters. 9. a. Usually plural.  Artful devices; stratagems; tricks. b. Artfulness; contrivance; cunning. 10. In printing: Illustrative material as distinguished from text.

~ The American Heritage College Dictionary of the English Language

"To those who go around declaring various forms of human expression are not art, may I suggest you invest in a Dictionary"   ~ HDJ

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        There is a school of thought that seems to think that a caveman’s beating on a hollow log with a stick is automatically superior to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony performed by the world’s finest symphony orchestra because less technology is involved. I do not subscribe to this kind of thinking. Personally I LOVE computers! First of all, there’s the freedom from fear! The undo button is empowering and liberating! 

       More importantly, publishing customers can't afford to pay me for old-fashioned traditional methods like oil on canvas. I can do them, and do them well, but no one but millionaire art collectors can afford to pay even poverty level hourly rates for all that time. The masters often took a year for a single painting. With digital media I can create pieces that look very nice for very nice prices and with blazing speed. 

      The publishing industry is not noted for its patience. In the early days of my art career, mailing traditional media originals was scary at best, but now they can be scanned and shipped without risk. Also in my early days adding canvas space to a work in progress was as impossible as growing a second head... but now it is so easy I usually don't even charge extra to adapt them if its just skies or landscapes! Re-dos and revisions were financially catastrophic! No wonder the starving artist became a stereotype!

     Before the internet, I struggled to find customers in Austin Texas, now nearly every nation on Earth has visited my website! This was beyond my wildest imaginings as a boy. What an amazing era we live in! I love it!!!

       

~ Howard David Johnson

Enter a world of Beauty and Imagination...

INDEX of GALLERIES ~ LINKS to LARGER ART  

The Realistic and Fantastic Art Galleries of Contemporary American Illustrator Howard David Johnson

Click on these Fun Educational Realistic Art Gallery link icons  for Two-fisted Tales of VALOR & Frontline Combat featuring Legendary Warriors of History, Knights and ladies of Arthurian Legend, Celtic, Nordic, Asian and Olympian gods & monsters, unicorns, dragons, fairies... and more!

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Classic Fairy Tales

History of Dragons Pencil Portraits I Studio Photography Colored Pencils II

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Spartan Warriors

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Catholic Art  Art of the Bible BOOK of REVELATION Surrealist Art Commercial Art Business Center Style & Technique  Biographical Paintings in Oils ELVES Digital Techniques DINOSAURS
                     

Dinosaur Art Realistic Art Fantastic subject matter Brontosaurus Tyranosaurus Rex

All these pieces of art and the text are legally copyrighted and were registered with the U.S. Library of Congress Office of Copyright by the author, Howard David Johnson All rights reserved worldwide. Permission for many academic or non-commercial uses is freely and legally available by simply contacting the author via e-mail or visiting www.howarddavidjohnson.com/permission.htm

With a background in traditional media including oils, pastels & colored pencils, Howard David Johnson embraces leading edge digital media in the creation of his depictions of fantasy, folklore, mythology, legend, religion, and heroic history. He works in  a wide variety of media * Oil paintings * Acrylic Paintings * Prismacolor Paintings * Drawings * Chalk & Oil Pastel Paintings * Photography * 2D &3D Digital Artistry & Mixed Media *  

 

Who is American Illustrator Howard David Johnson?

In one of David's invitations to the Florence Biennale Contemporary Art Exhibition, (a partner in the United Nations' Dialog among Nations), UN Secretary General Kofi Anon wrote him: "Artists have a special role to play in the global struggle for peace. At their best, artists speak not only to people; they speak for them. Art is a weapon against ignorance and hatred and an agent of public awareness... Art opens new doors for learning, understanding, and peace among nations."

      Howard David Johnson is a contemporary realistic artist and photographer with a background in the natural sciences and history.  David works in a wide variety of mixed media ranging from oil on canvas to digital media. David's realistic illustrations have made appearances in every major bookstore and game shop chain in America as well as magazines and educational texts around the world. 

   Some of David's more prestigious clients have included the University of Texas, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in England, The Australian Mint, The National Geographic Society, Paramount Studios, Universal Studios, MGM Studios, Warner Brothers Home Video, ABC/Disney, CBS TV, PBS TV, The History Channel, Enslow Educational Publishers, Adobe Photoshop, Auto FX, Tree-Free Greeting, Verizon wireless, Apple IPOD, Penguin, Doubleday (Now Random House), Harlequin Top Historical Romances, and the History Book of the Month Club, as well as appearing in periodical publications like Popular Photography and the Wall Street Journal.   

 

A Traditional style portrait of the artist. [Photo by his son Erich.]

   After a lifetime of drawing and painting, David's Traditional Art was exhibited in the British Museum in London in 1996, ( 3 years before he got his first computer ) as well as numerous American ones since, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

 

    Working in a variety of media David offers his customers a variety of options and more than three decades of experience. As an illustrator he has not only used the computer but has been involved in the development and marketing of software for Adobe Photoshop. Digital art, Colored pencils, Pastels, Mixed media, & also Oil Paintings can also be commissioned for select projects.Digital illustration projects start at $500.U.S. and group rates are available. David delivers custom made copyright free illustrations & old fashioned customer service when he does work-for-hire. To publish existing pieces of his realistic art, David sells licenses starting at only $99.USD.

 

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