I've started my year with a new series of illustrations inspired by all those gorgeous, cute and stylish Busby Berkeley movies of the 1930's. Movies about dancers and showgirls, romance and sparkling parties. I can't help but create imaginary stories around these glamorous and perfectly coiffed chorines. These historic little ladies that tap, sing and create pretty geometric shapes are such a perfect and inspiring subject for 'Pip' illustrations.
This collection centres around a platinum haired dancer named Una (a smart girl and an all round good egg) It also features her showgirl friend 'Bunny' (a quick witted, sharp bobbed beauty with many admirers)
I'm using gouache in a limited colour palette for each piece. Hopefully altogether there will be 6 - 7 illustrations in the set - but I do have rough sketches for at least 10 - so who knows! I've had a handful of emails lately asking about purchasing original work..... So providing none of these paintings end up with smudges I will possibly sell the originals along with prints.
|Una's Day Off|
|The Dressing Room, The Audition and Tea and Pin Curls|
I can imagine Una sharing an apartment with several other dancers. They'd definitely have a house cat (like the one in Stage Door 1937 where Eve Arden's character constantly has it draped around her shoulders)....First girl up in the morning feeds the cat! (the cat will have a name)
I hope all my readers are enjoying their New Year and if you've checked in with my website recently you will note I am not taking on any more custom orders now till May. I always work on commissions alongside my own projects, so everything you see showcased isn't always a commissioned piece. I have also made a few slight changes to my pricing strategy but it's all listed over on my Website if you want to have a look.