|And by cheesecake, I don't mean an afterdinner confection!!|
In fact, the term 'cheesecake' was coined sometime around 1944. It is believed to have come from a 'girlie' photographer's injunction to his subject, "Say, cheese", which produced and attractive, if spurious smile. It has come to mean, a display, especially pictorial, of feminine beauty and physical charm. And that's what you'll find in this section of the tour: feminine beauty and physcial charm.
I've been creating pin-up art since I was very young. It started out as "fashion" drawings, and gradually evolved into serious studies of the female form. Practice at life drawing sessions with live models helped me hone my skills.
In 1986, when I began my career as a comics professional, I discovered a demanding market for cheesecake art of superhero women. Within a few short years I had developed an extensive fan following, and frequently do custom commission work. The interest in 'girl art' (as it is commonly called) has grown, and resulted in the production of two complete books of my pin-up art. Although as an artist I never started out with the intention of creating erotic illustrations, some mysterious force has directed my hand. Insprired by my pin-up heroes, Alberto Vargas, Frank Frazetta, Earl MacPherson, Earl Moran and Hajime Sorayama, I found creating these snippets of fantasy enjoyable and challenging. It requires serious consideration of just what might be considered erotic and beautiful. I hope I have succeeded in realizing one of your visions - or at the very least created a new one.
The first book, Femina: Dream Girls, was published in 1992 by Caliber Press. The sequel, Femina Two: More Dream Girls was published in 1994 in response to enthusiastic requests from fans of the artwork.
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