An excellent source of cheesecake pin-up information on the is the
Usenet group (often known by its initials ABPAP). You will find good
discussion of pin-ups there along with a lot of scanned images, and
unfortunately quite a bit of pornographic spam. Biographies of many of
the great pin-up artists can be found in the
"Who is" section of the ABPAP
ABPAP is the successor to alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.art.pin-up (ABPEAP),
which was pretty much abandoned because of the huge amount of spam posted
there. So far, ABPAP seems moderately spam-free. ABPEAP still gets stuff
posted to it occasionally, which is generally tagged with "ABPEAP" in their
subject lines. The legality of distributing the images is questionable at
best, but a fair amount of pin-up material is available there.
This brings us to the topic of artists whose on-line galleries contain cheesecake.
There are a number of excellent ones.
Henslee is a particularly talented artist with a fine eye for voluptuous
women. His site features pin-ups, mermaids, fantasy, portraiture,
and erotic magazine illustrations.
I particularly like Jack's pencil sketches. He has a couple
of mermaids that are stunning.
Raffi doesn't bill his work as pin-up, but his site is devoted to attractive
women, many of them provocatively posed, so it qualifies. He has nudes,
supermodels and portraits. His pencils are excellent.
Kim is an artist from southern California who, "draws pretty ladies",
mostly in colored pencils. Her site and art may remind you of Jack Henslee,
whom she thanks. Kim's earliest works are a little crude, but she shows
rapid improvement and her latest work is excellent. She does classic
pin-up, fantasy and erotica.
Aslan's work is covered earlier. He has a wonderful
web site, covering not only his
pin-up work, but his sculpture,
fine and commercial art. I particularly like the lead pencil sketches of
women in his adult section. They combine the best aspects of his pin-up
work with same sort of feel as Henslee's sketches.
This is another page not run by the artist. In this case, though, the
studio is run by his son, Gregory Hildebrandt Jr. Spiderwebart carries mix
of fantasy, comic and a little bit of everything from Tolkien to Star Wars
and Pin Up to Harry Potter and Magic the Gathering to Spider Man.
Paul Corfield is a talented young English artist, who has grown
considerably in the medium since I first added him to this page, as his
homage to Petty's "Sheer Elegance" shows, and I look forward to watching
as he continues to refine his technique.
Don Henderson's Bikes, Trains, Planes or Dames site features
airplane nose art and other cheesecake sections. His style can be a
little stark or primitive, but it has a lot of energy and captures
the feel of 40's nose art, and how can I fault Celtic
Lace, a section devoted to pin-ups in Celtic motifs, two of my
Vernon's style is one of the most cartoon-like here, but there's no
question he does Pin-up. His style blends classic cartoons
with a modern sense of style, and he obviously has a crush on Jessica
Rabbit. I'm not fond of the platform shoes, but I can't think of any
Andrew, like Vernon has a very cartoon-like style, even more, though, it
is a style well suited to the poster and and nose art that were so
imprtant in earlier eras of pin-up. Both his themes and his are extremely
authentic to his roots in mid-century pin-up.
Thierry's work ranges from a slick airbrush style to comicbook art, but
all of it is strongly in the cheesecake school. There are a few places
where the posing seems a little stiff or awkward, but overall this is
Mutoscope World is a site devoted exclusively to one sub-genre of Cheesecake:
"Mutoscope cards", which were collectable cards from the 40's. The covers the
subject thoroughly and has an excellent
History of Pin-up page as well
as a number of artist biographies.
Drew, who died young in 2007, was a big fan of Sorayama, and it showed. His style had a slick
quality remeniscent of Sorayama or Olivia, another artist who
inspired him. Drew also did good deal of work for Image Comics.
With his death, his own site is gone, but some of his artwork can be found at Grimpuppy and other sites.
Ric Frane is a talented artist with a somewhat dark vision and an excellent
collection of models. With my fondness for
La Maupin and
it should come as no surprise that I like the "Bladed Babes" and "Pirates"
gallery. Some of the other pages are a bit darker than my tastes, though.
Bowser describes his art as "Visual Meditations on The Goddess and The
Divine Feminine - a quest for the Transcendent Truth in Beauty." and his
site is full not only of his art but his philosophical ruminations as well.
The art is beautiful and the Web site design excellent.
his work can also be found on sites such as
The original artwork at this site is all attributed to an artist known
only as Tallulah, and is not strictly a pin-up page. It features new and
classical nudes, erotic nudes, and vintage post cards and the like.
The Great American Pin-Up
by Charles G. Martignette
and Louis K. Meisel
Published by Taschen 1996,
384 Pages, 12 3/4 x 10",
901 color plates $50.00
Perhaps the best book available covering the history of Cheesecake is
"The Great American Pin-Up" by Charles G. Martignette and Louis
K. Meisel. The book covers pin-up art from 1920 to 1970, and a bit
beyond. It sticks fairly strictly to the classic American pin-up,
leaving out more recent and risque artists like Aslan, Olivia, Nagel and
This is an excellent book, both as a reference on classic American pin-up art, and as a collection of beautiful pictures.
The San Francisco Art Exchange is a
fine art gallery in San Francisco which features original and
reproduction work by Alberto Vargas and such contemporary artists as the
Rolling Stone's Ronnie Wood, and Roger Dean. Their Web pages include an on-line store
selling both limited edition lithographs and posters. They also have original
Vargas artwork for sale.
Robert Bane LTD Inc., California based fine art publishing company, runs a couple of Web sites including World Of Pinup, a.k.a. Robert Bane Editions, featuring Olivia DeBerardinis, and artists such as Hajime Sorayama, Walter Girotto, Jim Silke, Carlos Cartgena,
Greg Hildebrandt and many others. They also operate a fine art gallery in Los Angeles, the Tamara Bane Gallery which deals in photorealist, pin-up, neo-romantic and pop art. The gallery's Web site features the work of artists such as Walter Girotto, Gil Bruvel, Mel Ramos, Jenie Moore, Kevin Kelly and Charles Bell.
There are a couple of good sources of contemporary photographic Cheesecake
on the Web.
Most of the pin-up photography on the
Playboy web site is Cheesecake. They have
one of the most heavily frequented sites on the net, so they tend to
stay at the more conservative end of the erotica spectrum. This site
features a bit more nudity than this page, but not a lot.
At one time I though that the Michael Scott Agency had one of the best
photographic cheesecake sites. It specialized in "fitness models" and
offered both swimsuit and nude photos. Since then they've broadened out
into a whole collection of sites, and I think the quality has suffered
tremendously. Their typical model now seems to have an extremely
augmented bosom, a lot of makeup and no obvious relationship to fitness
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The pictures used to illustrate the styles and artists
reviewed here are all copyrighted by their respective creators (or their
estates) or publishers and are used without explicit permission. I've
done what I can to keep that use within the definitions of fair