Friday, January 30, 2009

Tribute to Pin Up Queen...

UPDATED - Well, here's the finished piece... my tribute to the legendary 1950s pin-up queen with the killer curves and trademark coal-black bangs. "I don't want to be photographed in my old age," she told an interviewer in 1998. "I feel the same way with old movie stars. ... It makes me sad. We want to remember them when they were young."

... Bettie Page, who passed away last month at 85 years old. Her underground popularity has continued to soar despite the fact that the reclusive Page disappeared almost a half century ago, leading many to believe that one of the most photographed individuals of the 20th century was already dead. One example of how Bettie Page has been re-introduced to new generations of eager young fans: Artist Dave Stevens created a comic book hero called “The Rocketeer,” with a love interest clearly inspired by Bettie Page; Disney adapted it as a big budget, same-named motion picture vehicle for Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly. Stevens, recently deceased, became one of Page’s most devoted friends, one of the few she could trust. It was Stevens who escorted Bettie Page to the Playboy Mansion for a private 35mm screening of THE ROCKETEER in 1994. She had never seen the film before. She loved it.

At the request of my fellow bloggin' buddies, we decided to pay tribute to Page this month on our blogs. Here's a sketch i did that i plan to vectorize and color up as soon
as i can.

Stay tuned,


Blogger The Keeper's Notes said...

Very cool, Charles, and nice little bit of background info on Bettie. I'm sure this is gonna look awesome when it's finished.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very lovely start, Charles...I can't wait to see what Photoshop/Illustrator magic you're gonna sprinkle on this baby! And hey, yeah, cool background info on her...very sad stuff, though.

Gotta go work on mine!

12:27 AM  
Blogger FrogDaddy said...

man you just got it in under the deadline Chuck!
nicely handled! like everyone else, I'll be back to check on the final colors....Man being the guy who suggested this Page tribute in the first place, I feel like a lame-o for not getting my post in on time.
sometime this week, I'll see if it'll be ready...

11:48 PM  
Blogger jason quinones said...

nice one so far chuck!

don't make us wait to long to see the finished product.

5:23 PM  
Blogger My Pencil Box Zoo said...

I agree...GREAT start. As usual, I'm diggin' the nice clean lines. Definitely looking forward to the black line and color!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

As always, i appreciate the props, fellas... means alot. i'm always inspired by what i see from you guys and i only wish i had more time to post.


1:04 AM  
Blogger jason quinones said...


like the worn book cover layout too!

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Keeper's Notes said...

Holy Fuck, Charles, that's amazing!!! Seriously, that's a gorgeous piece, dude. Do a few more of those and I'm gonna be first in line to pick up your new book from Brandstudio Press!!

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DUDE, YOU DID IT, YOU FUCKING FINISHED, YOU SON OF A GUN!!!! This looks freakin' awesome, Chuck!!! I love the....dude, you are the master of textures and worn pulp magazine look!!! You fucking blow me away, bro. I second Justin, dude, let's put a fucking book together for Brandstudio Press's catalog and go hawk that shit at the con next year!!!!! FUCK!!!!

10:03 PM  
Blogger Cisco's Sketch Page said...

Wow Charles, this looks great, excellent job!!

9:23 PM  
Blogger Frosty said...

Dude you have a great style! I was wondering if you ever have done a Darth Vader? I am creating a tribute book to George Lucas called "100 Ways to the Darkside" where I am having 100 hand picked artist create Darth Vader. I would love one for the book in your style. Please let me know if your interested!

Thanks a million

- Josh

6:53 PM  
Blogger Leocartunista said...

Congratulations for all your works...your style is amazing.
Greetings from Brazil.

1:58 PM  
Blogger jason quinones said...

is that a new post title font above betty????

i'll have to look for that one on
blogger now cuz i like it!!

let's see some new art meng!! i know yer busy and all but yer too talented to keep us waiting like this!

2:57 PM  
Blogger SidRoc35 said...


5:17 PM  
Blogger Jorge Barreto said...

Very Cool...Legal pra caramba...Gostei...Sucesso!!

5:48 PM  

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