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Who’s Your Favorite Pinup Artist?

Posted by: The Pinupmeister

The cool thing about polling people about their favorites is that you get to hear about things you may not have known existed. People tend to be pretty passionate about “favorites” and there’s generally a compelling reason why something becomes a favorite.

There are many great and near-great pinup artists. I don’t like to classify anyone as “better” because genius, like beauty, tends to be in the eye of the beholder. That said, my all-time favorite pinup artist is Alberto Vargas.

The Vargas Girls from the 50’s and 60’s Playboy magazines are simply amazing. The earlier works from Esquire are brilliant, as well, and Vargas’ work goes back to the 20’s and 30’s. Even the early stuff clearly shows him to be at the top of the heap.

All due respect given to Elvgren, Moran, Mozert, Ballentine and the rest of the pantheon of “classic” pinup artists, as well as Olivia, Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo from more recent years. I admire their work tremendously. Vargas is my “gun to the head” choice, so to speak, but they’re all unique and amazing in their own ways.

So, who’s your favorite?

The Pinup Meister

2 Responses to “Who’s Your Favorite Pinup Artist?”

  1. susipator Says:

    Hi!
    My favorite:
    Mike James (http://pinupandscetches.blogspot.com/2006/09/mike-james.html)
    Jessica Dougherty (http://pinupandscetches.blogspot.com/2008/07/jessica-dougherty.html)
    Greg Hildebrandt (http://pinupandscetches.blogspot.com/2006/08/american-beauties.html)

  2. pinupmeister Says:

    @susipator: Thanks for commenting. Nice stuff!

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