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FLASH NECKLACE SALE!

SALE!

$5 OFF Necklaces. Use Code FLASH5 until 1/13/16. Be Seen, Be Original!
Don’t miss out – SHOP NOW!
These designs and more…Limited quantities.

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victor devilbliss, michael f bann, retro lovely

Who is Victor Devilbliss?

Musings

Friends, I’d like to just take a moment here this hectic morning to introduce those of you who don’t already know, to  Michael F. Bann a.k.a Victor Devilbliss.

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You can see how much laughter there was on set!

You may remember our recent post on experiencing a pin-up photo shoot for beginners. In that post I speak about witnessing first-hand a really, really fun photo shoot with the folks behind the amazingly popular Retro Lovely magazine.  I went with a friend, who was kind enough to want to use some of our pin-striped handbags for her shoot. We had a ball, and from that experience I came out with a wonderful insight on the behind the scenes goings on of a professional shoot. Hint – it’s way more relaxed than you may have thought, without compromising quality and professionalism.

So, if you are interested in a shoot, be it images for your company or brand, for your modeling portfolio, for a gift, or just for fun (with the girls, or solo – they do SLUMBER PARTY SHOOTS, holy moly!), then head over to see his website here, and also check out his social media sites.

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These gorgeous dolls are rockin’ it at their slumber party shoot.

 

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Reminds you of your youth, does it not?

It’s well worth a read and follow. Pricing information, samples of his work, and more.

I will never endorse here something I don’t believe in and love. We are real people, not bots, and I fully support anyone following their dream, and who are helping others achieve their best through their medium of work.

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New Vintage Pin-striped Clutches

• Pinstriping - Metal Fabrication - Art & Gifts, New At the Shop

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A lot of new clutches up for sale at our Etsy shop. Check out the purses section, here. 

There is always something new. The stock is constantly rotating. A full gallery of current and past handbags is here. 
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Vintage, pinstriped handbags, purses and clutches with retro, rockabilly flair.
Real vintage bags (no re-pop), all signs of wear are disclosed via description and photos on our Etsy store when they are listed. This is a family business. We find the hand bags together and Dean pinstripes each one uniquely. There are no stencils! We pick bags that are in mint condition, with only minor blemishes characteristic of the age. We live in an area where “antique-ing” is plentiful so we search for the best quality, most unique bags we can get our hands on!

 

Dean embellishes these with his own style of pin-striping which is rockabilly rooted and also very classic. This is the old school look many of you are looking for. Dean has been pin-striping for over three decades. Hop over to our Etsy shop to see what’s available now!

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Red Heads Do it Better

Red Heads are More Fun

• Victorian to Rockabilly - Art & Gifts
Red Heads Do it Better

Red Heads Do it Better


Well, in follow up to the sketch post for Saint Patrick’s day (long overdue!) here is how the final image came out for the Lady and Leprechaun print.

A tongue in cheek, bawdy Irish pin-up. You are invited to laugh and celebrate your inner Irish. Who’s the lucky one? The girl with the newfound gold or the leprechaun himself?

This piece is titled, “Devil Take the Women” after the old Irish tune, Whiskey in the Jar.

“I counted out his money and it made a pretty penny
I put it in me pocket and I took it home to Jenny
She sighed and she swore that she never would deceive me
But the devil take the women for they never can be easy”

A fun addition to the home gallery. Chic / Fashion / Retro / Rockabilly / Prehistoric
Prints of this original watercolor are available at the Etsy store in our Vintage Style Prints section.

-8×10″
-Art prints are packaged in clear wrap and fortified twice within a cushion mailer.
-Printed on Domtar Cougar paper:
High 98 brightness for striking contrast
white, super smooth
FSC® certified
Rainforest Alliance Certified™
SFI® Certified Sourcing
10% post-consumer recycled content
100lb
Acid-free for archival quality

Here are some shots of the piece in progress:

sketches

Original sketches and ideas. I definitely liked the leprechaun from the get go.

The pencil drawing. Pretty fleshed out and ready for ink.

ink and watercolor

The inked piece with water brushed over – ready for watercolor wash on the background.

early watercolor

Early stages of watercolor wash.

A little more detail, more layers of color added.

And some close ups of the detail. Watercolor and pen & ink. 

 

 

 

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Pinstriped Vintage Handbags for Sale on our Etsy Shop

• Pinstriping - Metal Fabrication - Art & Gifts, New At the Shop

 

pin striped vintage handbags

A few of the vintage pin-striped handbags to be listed on our Etsy, some already are, stop by to see! Always something new.

Well, we haven’t posted in a little while but we have been quite busy. Artist Dean has been working up a storm creating fantastic pin striping designs on some very cool retro handbags. We have many yet to be listed (I’m working as quickly as I can!) but several are already listed on our Etsy and ready for sale. Head on over to see what’s up now!

I’m going to let the images speak for themselves on these lovely, unique works of art:

Vintage 60’s Vinyl Handbag – Mod – Pinstriped, Rockabilly, Two Tone, Mad Men style MarShel, Brown, Black, Maroon, Cream

Vintage 60’s Small Vinyl Handbag – Mod – Pinstriped, Rockabilly, Unusual Shape, Black, Blue, Gold with V shape

Brown Leather Handbag – Hand Tooled, Pinstriped, Rockabilly – Western – Vintage – Classy Retro Fashion

 

Vinyl handbag black, Pinstriped purse, orange and gold, Vintage – Classy Retro Fashion

Vintage 60’s Medium Vinyl Handbag – Mod – Pinstriped, Rockabilly, Black, Green, Cream/Gray

Vintage 60’s Large Vinyl Handbag – Mod – Pinstriped, Rockabilly, Black, Blue, Gray/cream

Vintage 60’s Medium Vinyl Handbag – Mod – Pinstriped, Rockabilly, Barrel Shaped, Black, Gray/Cream

 

Vintage 60’s Medium Vinyl Handbag – Mod – Pinstriped, Rockabilly, Gold Scallop Embellishing, Black, Red, Gray/cream

Vintage 60’s Large Vinyl Handbag – Mod – Pinstriped, Rockabilly, Black, Blue, Gray/cream, Tote sized

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Making a Pinup Girl – Sketch to Final Painting

• Victorian to Rockabilly - Art & Gifts, Sketchbook

Getting ready to get down to work!

Here’s a little look into my world of illustration.

Click images to enlarge.

This is a pictorial view of my process of painting.

The subject is one of my most recent pinup girls, who is now available in 5×7 prints and as note cards.

I have always found that people enjoy seeing an artists work in process. In 2012 I had a gallery exhibition which was entirely based upon that theme. That show was centered around my children’s book portfolio, but it’s the same idea, same process, same technique.

Initial sketches composite.

This pinup was a lot of fun to do. She started as a doodle one night in bed. I did a quick sketch of a plush shark. He came out so cute I thought he needed a little girl friend so next I designed the mermaid to go with him. I wanted it to be tongue in cheek. An “odd couple.”

After a few initial thumbnails (actually, the shark needed only one thumbnail. He went straight from  thumbnail to final, with no alterations, which is unusual) I get to work on the sketches. I rough it out a few times to get anatomy and facial features right.

I liked the idea of her fishtail having VonDutch style flames, sort of a shout out to my artist father but also to the Rockabilly/Hot Rod/Pinup/Kustom culture scene in general.  

The inking stage.

 

Once I felt confident about the sketches I scanned the shark and the mermaid in to my computer. This allowed me to reduce or enlarge their size as needed. This step was necessary because they were drawn, as sketches are very random creations, at different sizes, not suited to be next to one another. By scanning them and playing with them digitally I could manipulate their sizes and rotate as needed.   When they looked nice together I made a print of them and took that to my light table.

The light table and using the computer as stated above are tricks to keeping your project flow moving fast. I don’t have months to paint one image so I utilize my tools to the best of my advantage. If my sketch looks exactly the way it needs to, why draw it again to make it larger, etc?  There are always refinements that happen on the final paper, but it is quicker this way and less hassle.

When transferred to the final paper in pencil, I then added the background. Naughty, naughty me – I had no plans whatsoever for this environment except that it would obviously be under water. I think about composition and kind of just let my imagination take over at that stage of the game. After pencil sketches are done, the whole thing gets ink.

Beginning, laying out background color with the masking fluid over the main design.

By the way – that artist’s tape in these pictures is pretty awful. I think it was a Michael’s off brand. I got it because I had a gift card and I thought it should be the same quality as my usual Artists Pro tape seeing as how it was the same price. No, no and more no. You’ve been warned.

It was a last minute conversation with a Facebook friend (I often post my images to my Facebook while I work to get opinions from friends) that inspired the leopard print tail and the fiery red hair.

The next images show the progression of painting. I think I paint with watercolor ‘wrong’. At least based on what I was taught, but it works for me. I was told once by a professor that I hold my paintbrush like a pencil, and it’s true. I don’t really care. I do sort of ‘draw’ with the brush. Well, anyway, I block in major areas of color first. Like the sky or in this case, water. I use a colorless masking fluid  to block out areas which I don’t want to get any paint on yet by accident. It’s fun to peel off. If you were one of those odd children of the eighties who peeled Elmer’s glue off your hands to see your fingerprints, you’ll get the idea of fun I’m talking about. I’m weird.

Background pretty well laid in.

Continuing the layering of paint process, I add light layers to build up light and shadow. I think a lot about my light source and where it is coming from. Somewhere once I read a quote from Trina Schart Hyman  that helped me:

“Illustrator Garth Williams inspired me to think about light. I was illustrating Snow White when he came to Lyme for a visit. During his stay, he would often look over my shoulder while I worked. ‘You must think more about and in terms of light and light source,’ he told me one day. ‘Light can create drama—light means everything in illustration.’ He was right. I began to open my eyes, and study light.”

When the image is finished it gets scanned once again and I really do very little digital editing, only what is necessary as there is always a small amount of quality loss when digitizing art. Levels are adjusted and

More details get filled in.

sharpness corrected but usually little more.
Once it’s digitized I can get it ready for print!

So there you have it, folks!

Take care,
— Deanna Meyer at Grease and Grace Art Designs

The final product.

 

 

 

 

 

Mermaid is now filled in.

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Retro Inspired Note Cards For Sale

• Victorian to Rockabilly - Art & Gifts, New At the Shop

Blank inside, retro inspired note cards with cute pinup girls. “Sweetheart” and “Ageless Love.”

Presenting a line of very fashionable retro inspired note cards (more to come). These are made by Grease and Grace artist Deanna and the images hail from her wild imagination. They are prints of watercolor paintings set on beautifully patterned card stock with photo corners. Blank inside so you can write your own message to your sweetheart!

This is a set of four(4) assorted blank inside notecards with envelopes. The envelopes measure approximately 5.5″x 4.25″. Also selling as singles.  They can be found at the shop:

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Fashion Sketching – Old School

Sketchbook

I have always had an interest in fashion/history/boudoir/burlesque so this is just a simple sketch of that variety.

Simple sketch – about fifteen minutes. Micron pen.

 

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