PinUp 1977 by SaintFox ()
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Okay, I did it! As said I avoid blurring of my images as in my opinion blurring a good render is loosing all the fine details.
Anyway, after the little discussion caused by my last image I wanted to give it a try.
Why 1977? In 1977 the movie "Bilitis" came to the cinemas and made the art of the (not unquestioned) photographer David Hamilton famous.
I can remember that the funny things about the discussion the movie caused where:
-Some adult people often blamed Hamilton for photographing models that where considered too young.
-The greatest fans of his art where young girls of exactly this "too young" age. I can't remember any teenage girl's room in the late 70s without a Hamilton-poster on the wall.
-Most of the older fellows considerd David Hamilton's movies and photos "kitsch" and didn't care about it.
-Many parents went to the cinema with their teenage daughters to see "Bilitis" to have a kind of starting point for discussions that start with "Well... now as you are a young woman..." ;o)
-oh and: The leading role was played by an actress that was born in 1951. In other words: When the film was released she was already 26 years old. So in fact there was no reason at all for getting excited over teenage actors.
I don't want to start a discussion about the whole underaged thing. When I was young I was attracted by this kind of art, it was lovely and tender, tastefull and most of all: It was made for a young female audience and this was something new!
Meanhwile I think that this kind of art at least scratches on the term "kitsch" ;o)
The clothes and Textures are made by Fabiana/FK-Design (available at 3dcommune) - I'm still not bored with them, so many options and as they are dynamic you get a new look with every pose.
I combined Youko's morph with the Sylph morph to achieve an (even more) slender and delicate shape.
After doing the cloth simulation I added two lights from the Encore set ("Move with back"/"Infinite Moody"), made them brighter and turned the Infite a bit to give a massive backlight effect. Then I added the "Crisp 1" set from the Private Collection.
The backdrop is from the Private Collection as well, with one of the wonderfull backdrops made by Lynn Perkins. The choosen one gave me the desired "Provence feeling" ;o)
Rendering... and seeing that this is definitly not my style. Everything subtle was erased from the scene by the massive light and the hair looked like pure straw. Exactly what I wanted!!
I took the image to photoshop, added some fake highlights to the hair and then duplicated the layer. A gaussian blur of 6.3 was added and the layer was set ti Screen, 100% opacity. I duplicated the layer, wanted to set the layer options to "Multiply" but catched "Color burn" by accident - and liked the result after altering the opacity to 47%.
That was all, the whole miracle. I somehow like the result but again: This is not my style as I ask myself why I and other merchants that create photorealistic skin should do this, if all customers use it to turn it into pixel purree ;o)
Oh and mikeerson: I heard you - the ideas you have are quite challenging. But what would be needed are environment, several people... too much story for me. I still prefer to leave the story behind the images to the beholder - and the storytelling to those that have a talent for it ;o)
But you never know...
Image Comments (28)
jartz () 5:41AM | Tue, 23 September 2008
Lovely image as always, and it does have that 70's look. About the movie (never seen it), I'm shocked to learn NOW that it was Catherine Breillat who was screenwriter before being a director -- I always thought it was the other way around -- I mean, who knew... Anyway back to critique, the setup you did is great with soft toned highlights and the Dynamic Cloth looks realistic and complements the model. Good job on this one and Thanks for Sharing. JB
artroland () 7:47AM | Tue, 23 September 2008
All in all, there is simply lovely composition, color and form here. Well done!
fabiana () 7:54AM | Tue, 23 September 2008
I remember Bilitis, remember Hamilton, remember my posters... exactly as you described them... the whole situation was so for me... I can remember some wonderfull images of Bilitis and her friends with white magnolias in the head... here in Argentina the movie was banned and I saw it some years later... but never forgot the style and the aesthetic of that artist... so I LOVE this pic... really made me think about that... and inspired me too :) thank you Meike!
lwperkins () 10:07AM | Tue, 23 September 2008
The blur gives it the feeling of a dream, or a memory..or what I see without my glasses, which might be why I prefer sharp edges in my renders;-) But the soft look suits the mood here! (I am always so amazed at how you make those backgrounds look so good, too!)
imaga () 1:35PM | Tue, 23 September 2008
Es una imágen estupénda y en verdad recrea el ambiente de Bilitis, un trabajo excelente!
RGUS () 1:48PM | Tue, 23 September 2008
Can't say I remember or even saw the movie... chances are New Zealand wasn't much of a movie market in those days... but I'm on the look out for it now.. anyone got an Amazon link? In so far as hamilton goes... he was pretty special to me in the 70's... I have most of his books... and I don't think the images were just for young girls... they were for young men as well, if my hormones serve me right. Now you got me all inspred to do a few more hamilton imatation images... and that fabulos cloth of Fabis' is just the ticket to use. Super image Lady!
scifibabe () 6:15PM | Tue, 23 September 2008
Very cool work. Beautiful sheer cloth and wonderful pose. Love that fun funky color for your background. Thanks for providing the technical overview - very interesting and educational!
mikeerson () 7:20PM | Fri, 26 September 2008
I caught your little note to me - thank you... I still think you could have a ball with going back to all your pin ups and updateing them... I'd love to do that in my gallery, but I haven't even worked on Bondage for 2 months... the Halloween contest is priority right now - still playing with ideas, I just about can see what I want to create - if only I could submit all my ideas for that contest... I probably have 20, I just haven't decided which one inspires me the most. She's missing a hat and speghetti wester music - lol - I know the era well - lol
tabala () 1:08PM | Sun, 28 September 2008
... and the discoball was rotating , Abba played , roller skaters were hip and Charlies Angels entered TV LOL Yes, that's the image I have of this time lol But I like the music and I loved to skate- and when I did THIS we were in the early '80s already ;)
HADCANCER () 12:34AM | Mon, 29 September 2008
Nope I don't remeber any of it, but by that time I was caught up in corperate culture....ecky-poo. Your render reminds me of what things look like without my glasses , although I do not see that good.