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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.

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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.



Organize

organizer-previewA few months back Kate England at Marmalade Moon was looking for suggestions for a set of workflow organization icons. Folks who suggested concepts that she would later use for the icons won a free set. So, after having been informed shortly thereafter about having one of my suggestions chosen, I went about business as usual and honestly forgot about it.

Earlier this week my free set of icons arrived and they are quite sharp looking. I really like the style and detail Kate has put into these while still having them remain “iconic”. What I like even more is the concept behind the icons. Kate put out the call to see what types of icons people really need and find useful for organizational purposes. Thanks so much to Kate for the great looking icon set!



Inspiration from Outside Sources (or BRAIN CAKE!!!)

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Reading I’mJustCreative, subscribing to Communication Arts and buying the Pushpin Graphic are all great ways to garner knowledge and gain inspiration when it comes to design. Beyond the obvious sources though are a myriad of inspiring items from a multitude of disciplines. I find myself always observing, whether it be architecture, photography or interpretive dance (the latter typically much less than the two former but I believe you can surmise where this is going.)

Having said that, I urge to head over to geekpadshow and check out 20 Pictures of Nerdy Cupcakes. as one with not only an appreciation for art in all its froms, but also a serious interest in delicious baked goods, I found this collection really inspiring. The clear marks of craftmanship and dynamic use of colored sugar grace these cakes in stylish and well-constructed packages.



MEAT MAJI!
14/08/2009, 3:28 pm
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Abduzeedo has a great collection of artwork from Mark Ryden today. I’ve been a fan of Mark Ryden for quite some time and the above painting, “The Meat Maji” is one of my absolute favorites. Check out the post over at abduzeedo and you may as well head to markryden.com to get your gullets full of his crazy surreal works. Don’t miss his take on Christina Ricci either!



Vonster
25/02/2009, 7:33 pm
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"El Diablo" ~Von Glitschka

"El Diablo" ~Von Glitschka

Last week, The Design O’Blog posted a “10 questions with…” interview with illustrator/designer Von Glitschka. Read the article here and check out Von’s site Vonster.com for some really inspiring illustrations, logos, icons and more. The “and more” here encompassing downloadable .pdf designer “kick me” signs (ex. I ❤ comic sans).