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How to Draw & Paint Pin-ups & Glamour Girls: Step-by-step art instruction from the vintage Walter Foster archives (Walter Foster Collectibles) Paperback – February 1, 2011

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About the Author

Walter T. Foster was born in Woodland Park, Colorado, in 1891. In his younger years, he worked as a sign painter and a hog medicine salesman. He also performed in a singing and vaudeville act. Walter invented the first postage-stamp vending machine and drew political caricatures for several large newspapers. He's well known as an accomplished artist, art instructor, and art collector. In the 1920s, while running his own advertising agency and instructing young artists, Walter began writing self-help art instruction books. The books were first produced in his home in Laguna Beach, California, where he wrote, illustrated, and printed them himself. In the 1960s, as the product line grew, he moved the operation to a commercial facility, which allowed him to expand the company and achieve worldwide distribution. Walter passed away in 1981, but he is fondly remembered for his warmth, dedication, and unique instruction books.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Boston, Fritz Willis studied art at Noble and Greenough Preparatory School and later attended Vesper-George Art Academy. During his career, Fritz won many awards for his artistic accomplishments. During the last years of his life, he taught art classes.

Born in 1910 on an Oklahoma farm, Earl MacPherson studied art at the Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles after graduating high school. In 1941, MacPherson painted a pin-up illustration for the Shaw-Barton Calendar Company, which marked his entrance into the lucrative field of pin-up art. His book Pin Up Art: How to Draw and Paint Beautiful Girls was published by Walter Foster in 1954. MacPherson passed away in 1993. Claretta White studied theater and dancing, and thus enjoyed rendering the pageantry of dance, its colorful costumes, motion, and action on canvas.

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Product Details

  • Series: Walter Foster Collectibles
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600582087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600582080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Carner on March 11, 2011
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We all have opinions, but I feel that the one star review rater may not have the experience when it comes to drawing the figure. I will admit that there are not many constructional references, but they do exist if you look. Yes, there are more finished drawings than sketches, but that does not mean this book is completely useless, cause it does provide a visual reference. If you have already dealt with or had figurative drawing, you will see it as guide more than a how to . If you have not had at least one type of figurative course this book would be on more of an advanced level.
I would suggest "Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life", or "Andrew Loomis", those are great for anyone at any level, and then come back to this book. But don't sell your self short, for this is good "reference" type material for the price, thought it seams to have become more pricey than it was the previous days..I have yet to use every bit of information from any drawing book in my library. Simply pick out information that you feel is important to what ever type of work your doing.
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"How to Draw & Paint Pin-ups & Glamour Girls: Step-by-step art instruction ..."

There is nothing in this book that tells you how to draw anything. I couldn't believe how little this book provided in the way of instruction. I skimmed through this book after I purchased it, and almost every page had examples of a complete work, with no step by step for anything.

Go ahead and look at the preview of the book, not one page gives detail direction for anything. One page may have a model in a bathing suit, and the page says, "and this is how you draw a model in a bathing suit" and its just the picture?!

I would suggest purchasing the Jack Hamm books. They are much older, but they are exactly what one would consider a step by step art instruction.

thanks to amazon for letting me return this book. its not worth the paper its printed on.
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Just thought that I would buy the book and see if I would be the least bit artistic, while trying my hand at it. To my surprise, I wasn't quite that bad at all. Found it very useful and entertaining, plus nostalgic. The book is both entertaining and educational.
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This is a good book, but assumes that you are already proficient in drawing and painting, to some degree. This book will not teach you how to draw a pin-up from start to finish, but instead the basic composition of a pin-up drawing of painting. As one reviewer said, Jack Hamm's books are more aimed at the novice, and are significantly more instructional from start to finish. I believe he is referring to "How to Draw the Head and Figure," which has plenty of instruction on drawing the female figure in a pin-up fashion.

Overall I do like this book, because it does show the process of drawing or painting a pin up model. It is worth the money, but only if you are already actively drawing. Otherwise, don't buy it.
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Good book if like Petty or Vargas style pin-up, minus the airbrushing. Mostly watercolor , ink and pastels.Good tips on this style of art.
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I am getting into the pin-up scene. It fascinates me to learn how artist created skin and those fabulous gradations. Though thin this book packs a lot of information to use.
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Love the Walter Foster offerenings. Between this, and my Andy Loomis books, I have a fantastic library of how-to's that I can refer back to when I feel like my work needs a bit of a refresher.
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Loved it for my art book collection. A little insight to help me along & enjoy the hobby of painting & drawing for myself.

The book came well-packed and in good condition.

Thank you.
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