Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kickstarter Project: 2016 Classic Pinup Calendar

Classic pinup has a timeless appeal. We are looking to create a calendar done in a traditional painted style like the masters.

About this project

*Special note: while it's very rare that I go outside of the zombie genre on my blog, if Jim is involved, then I can guarantee that this will be worth your while to get involved! (even though he wouldn't let me model...)*

Classic pinup has always had an appeal for me.  The sense of mystery about the women, the flirty nature of the expressions and most of all the beautiful artwork.
Modern day photography, while a great art form itself, just doesn't have the feeling the masters were able to create with a brush.  We (the models and myself) are looking to capture the days of yesteryear with a loving tribute to the past masters and the timeless look they created.
Our process involves shooting our idea in the studio and then taking the image and painting the final work of art much like the traditional method used by the greats in the field.  Where we differ is that the painting is done digitally, still by hand though.  This is an involved process that duplicates the traditional method of building up colors, blending tones and creating a free flowing look that when printed is identical to what you would find in actual pieces from the day.
Our models love the styles and looks from the 1940's and will be wearing vintage looks as well as hair and makeup styles from the era.  Funds will be used to purchase outfits for the shoots as well as cover printing costs.

Risks and challenges

After funding is done, we will get to work right away in the studio photographing our ideas (and we have some great ideas). From there I will select the images that really stand out and start the process of creating the art from the original images. 

It takes 10 to 15 hours to complete the artwork on each image with various print tests to be sure the final look is perfect. So we've scheduled two months of production time for the work once shooting is done. This should be around the end of May. 

After the artwork is completed we will do a test of the calendar with our printer and make any final adjustments to the images before going ahead with the full run of the calendar. We are projecting to be able to order the run by mid June with the calendars arriving to us the first week of July. 

All the models will then get together for a fun day of signing calendars and creating personalized messages for the backers who opted for those rewards with shipping to follow within days. 

With almost 30 years in the photography industry and a few in the printing field, I think our experience will allow us to get everything done in a timely fashion while maintaining a very high standard of quality.

For questions or to make a pledge, click here!

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