Riding The Waves Pin-up Girl Art
Riding The Waves 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.
Riding the Waves is a fun pinup illustration of a beautiful young brunette in a one piece yellow bathing suit with red floral prints; that is partially coming apart at the left bottom seam.
She is having a good time at the beach, sitting on top of a white inflatable seal toy as large waves of aqua blue and green roll on to the shore, on a bright sunny day.
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.