For this image I will try a different style than my usual one. I want to do a cute cartoon pin-up, with very simple shapes. Bambi (her name) will be the character for this entire series. This chapter will concentrate on a military pin-up.
Hereâ€™s a list of the artists who inspired me for this project:
â€¢ Osamu Tezuka: The father of manga. He used to say he was not a good designer, but I think he was wrong. He had the capacity to create great characters with very simple shapes. He provided a very good influence when creating the face I wanted for Bambi, and was a great help when deciding on the proportions.
â€¢ The Fleischer Studios: They created Betty Boop, perhaps the most popular pin-up of all time. I will try to emulate her beautiful legs.
â€¢ The Walt Disney Studios â€" in particular Lee Clark: He did a lot of sketches of Mickey Mouseâ€™s hands (you can easily find these sketches on the internet).
â€¢ Bawidamann (http://www.bawidamann.com/gallery/military.html
): A very good pin-up artist who created a lot of military girls. This was a useful reference to have for the uniform.
Usually I donâ€™t spend a lot of time on sketches. I do a very fast doodle to see if the composition, curves and shapes are good (Fig.01).
Colors and Lights
For a vintage-looking picture I will need sepia tones (Fig.02). I cannot work directly with these colors as it is too time-consuming, so I do this by making adjustments at the end. I want to do an exterior scene so I choose a blue background, like a big blue sky. This blue will be my ambient light so it will influence all the tones of my picture. There will be a lot of reflective materials (vinyl/plastic/metal) in this scene. I like to show these with square reflections. Itâ€™s not very logical because itâ€™s an exterior scene, but Iâ€™m not trying to be realistic â€" I just want it to look cool!