Pretty In Pink Pin-up Girl
Pretty In Pink Pin-up Girl by American Painter Bill Medcalf (1920 – 2005); pin-up girl illustrator as well as a portrait and landscape painter who’s career spanned the late 1940s to the late 1960s.
Pretty In Pink is an enchating Pin-up Girl fantasy portrait of a 1940s era beautiful young lady wearing a pink lace negligee, joyfully sitting on her bed as the yellow rays of light from the early morning sun stream into her bedroom.
The scene is dream like as there is very little definition to the objects in her room. Her bed sheets are white as is her pillow and the top sheet is green which she is hoding a part of in ther out stretched left hand.
The green top sheet is partially drapped on the floor which is the same color as the top sheet; and on the floor there is a pink rose off to the side of her right foot whose toe just barely touches the floor.
Further to her right we can see a night stand cabinet with a large handle and window, which could be a radio and on the top is a tan wind up clock with more pink roses as well as a yellow rose.
This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.
Though Bill did not have much formal training, he had a keen eye and a great since of style and form that would eventually make him one of the top pinup model artist of his generation.
Born in Minneapolis Minnesota in 1920, Bill received his artistic training from the educational institutions in the area near to where he lived.
At the age of 20 he was able to land a job with the United States Treasury Bureau of Engraving, where he remained until 1942, when he decided to enter the U.S. Navy; becoming a gunners mate.
After his military service Bill joined the staff of Brown & Bigelow in 1946 and in 1947 produced an elegant illustration of a beautiful young lady walking her dog on an estate for Kelly-Springfield Celebrity Tires.
He would also create similar advertising illustrations for other clients that also proved to be a successful hit with the public.
In 1949 Bill created his first Pin up for Brown & Bigelow and in 1951 was named as one of the top five pin-up artist at the firm.
Medcalf remained with Brown & Bigelow until 1967 win pin up illustrative art began to decline, due to the changing culture and the distribution of adult male magazines.