Schweitz Design

Peter Driben – Prolific American Pinup Artist
06/10/2009, 3:22 pm
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* As a disclaimer, I am well aware that I have been very light on the amount of posts on this blog and wanted to let readers know that this lack of regular posting is a byproduct of my work to redesign the Schweitz Design blog as well as my own portfolio site. That being said, the recent post of pinups from Rolf Armstrong were pretty popular and I have another collection from American pinup great Peter Driben. Enjoy.













From the Wiki:

Peter Driben, an American pin-up artist, was perhaps one of the most productive pin-up artists of the 1940s and 1950’s [1]. Although both Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren have extensive catalogues of work, neither came close to the output of Driben. Driben’s pinups delighted the American public from the beginning of World War II until the great baby boom of the 1950s.

Born in Boston, Driben studied at Vesper George Art School before moving to Paris (circa 1925). While taking classes at the Sorbonne in 1925, he began a series of highly popular pen-and-ink drawings of the city’s showgirls. His first known pin-up was the cover to Tattle Tales in October 1934, and by 1935 he was producing covers for Snappy, Pep, New York Nights, French Night Life and Caprice. Driben’s popularity continued to rise in the late thirties with covers for Silk Stocking Stories, Gay Book, Movie Merry-Go-Round and Real Screen Fun.

Driben’s career expanded into advertisting with his move to New York in late 1936. He created original three-dimensional die-cut window displays for Philco Radios, Cannon Bath Towels, and the Weber Baking Company. Perhaps his most famous work being the original posters and publicity artwork for The Maltese Falcon. Peter Driben was also a close friend of publisher Robert Harrison, and in 1941 was contracted to produce covers for Harrison’s new magazine Beauty Parade. Driben went on to paint hundreds of covers for that publication and for the other seven titles Harrison was to launch – Flirt, Whisper, Titter, Wink, Eyeful, Giggles, and Joker [2]. Driben would often have as many as six or seven of his covers being published every month. Driben’s work for Harrison established him as one of America’s most recognized and successful pin-up and glamour artists. Just before he began to work for Harrison, Driben married the artist, actress and poet, Louise Kirby.

In 1944 he was offered the the unusual opportunity, for a pin-up artist, of becoming the art director of the New York Sun, a post he retained until 1946. During the war, his popular painting of American soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima sparked a considerable amount of media attention.

In 1956, Driben and Louise moved to Miami Beach, where he spent his retirement years painting portraits (including one of Dwight D. Eisenhower) and other fine-art works, which were organized into successful exhibitions by his wife. Driben died in 1975, Louise in 1984.


From the Archives
02/09/2009, 3:44 pm
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From my personal sketchbook. Ink on paper circa 2005??

Practice your Penmanship
16/06/2009, 4:08 pm
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thumbI recently gave a co-worker a relatively brief tutorial on the pen tool in Illustrator. I was trying to convey to her that the pen tool is very difficult to learn when you are first starting out and ultimately the only way to improve is to practice (constantly). A week later I’m pretty sure she hasn’t practiced any further at all, so I created a practice file and thought it might be useful to others. The file contains over 20 geometric abstract shapes with all kinds of different curves, angles and corners. Additionally, I drew them all out on graph paper so hopefully that gives some further tips as to placement of points, geometries, etc. I also figured I might as well make it available to anyone else who wants to pass along or complete. It might be interesting to get some pen tool pros and do this as race of some fashion, but for now download here.

Squidy, Squidy, Squidy rock n roll
28/05/2009, 1:06 pm
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I recently found some time for some personal sketch book work and did up this squid. I’m hoping to eventually move from this sketch to a full-color vector sea beast. For the time being at least I’d like to start posting some sketches a little more frequently, as I’ll hopefully be doing a lot more drawing. Enjoy.