Inspiration for Curves 2.0

I’m working on a new series of Curves paper dolls. There’s a lot think about. I’m currently calling it Curves 2.0 in my head. Every paper doll starts with an idea. And then I go looking for inspiration. I’ve been wanting to do a pin up inspired paper doll for a while, so I knew that was going to be something I would explore with Curves 2.0.

If you’re interested, check out the rest of this post full of some of the images I’m drawing inspiration from. Otherwise, there will be a normal paper doll post up tomorrow evening.

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These two sassy Gil Elvgren pinups have been providing some ideas. I love Elvgren’s style and how boldly he signed his work. Not a common trait among pin-up artists at the time. Pin-ups always lead to Rockabilly clothing for me.

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Laura Byrnes is the photographer of this wonderful image and the dress comes from Pin-Up Girl Clothing a site full of pretty and sexy vintage inspired dresses.

The next question, of course, is if I am going to do something pin-up inspired, can I fine enough variety to keep me entertained. I don’t want to be stuck drawing the same thing over and over again. I get bored easily.

Fortunately, there’s a lot to work with out there. I’ve been eyeballing vintage pattern covers.

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Both full and narrow skirts were very much in style in the fifties, but I like the full skirts the best. They can be both sweet and innocent, or they can be quite sexy.

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Such a fantastic evening gown… I love the draping on either side and her half smile is very cute. All of these pattern cover images come from the Vintage Pattern Wiki, except the one below.

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I love her face. She look’s so stern and fierce. I wouldn’t want to mess with her.

I confess that I’m still looking for good retro-scifi images and other things. I don’t want to just draw vintage clothing. Thoughts or ideas would be welcomed as I’m still formulating my plan of attack. The next thing that I have to do to prep for this new paper doll is to work out a template image- that means drawing the outline I’ll base all the dolls on. That’s the project for the weekend.

6 comments

  1. The green dress in the third photo looks like the one in Retro Pin-Up: Saucy for Marisole
    Can’t wait to see Curves 2.0 🙂

  2. I bet the model in the last photo was wearing a leather corset. She probably has a whip hidden in her fur there too.

  3. I have to confess I’m very glad to see people are excited. I was nervous about this post since its so unlike what I usually post, but I want to start sharing more of the process that eventually produces a paper doll.

  4. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for Curves 2.0! I HEART Curves the most because she’s so fluid and moveable… does that make sense? There’s something to be said for roundness- it’s luscious. And it’s nice to see someone pay a favorable nod in the luscious direction.

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