How To Draw Pin Ups, Pin Up Girls

Artist: MichaelY / January 25, 2013

Step 1.

Drawing a retro style pin up can be a little tricky in that you do not want the image to come off as pornographic. There is a fine line between sexy pin ups, and trashy drawings of girls. The first thing you have to consider is body language. The pos   

Step 2.

A few more examples of figure positioning. Don't be afraid to have fun with it. Pin ups are known for featuring women in unusual and borderline cheesy situations. Adding in a small detail such as a ray gun or a soda bottle completely changes the stor   

Step 3.

The female figure should be drawn roughly eight heads tall. Use high heels to help make the legs appear longer. Even if your figure is not wearing heels, it is a good idea to have the figure standing on tips of their toes rather than have the heels o   

Step 4.

In addition to giving the figure heels, there are a few other key elements that make a retro style pin up distinctive. Since pin ups became popular in the first half of the 20th century, the clothing and hair are very important, as is the makeup. Be    

Step 5.

The eyes are an incredibly important aspect of a pin up. Draw long, thick lashes and make the eyes partially closed, as if to seem slightly careless. The attitude is in the eyes - they need to exemplify confidence above all else.

Step 6.

Make the lips full and pouty. If you want to give the lips a shine, color the lips in with solid black and then white out spots where the light hits. This will give them a wet look.

Step 7.

Now we can begin working on our figure from start to finish. First, let's lay down the rough construction lines by using a 2H or harder pencil. Drawing very light, create a basic stick figure of the model. These lines to now have to be perfect - they   

Step 8.

After the construction lines have been sketched in, we can now start working on the face. Having her look back over her should will create a sense that she is flirting with the viewer, even more-so if she is looking directly at us with her eyes. You    

Step 9.

When drawing the arms, be sure that you plant the right elbow firmly on the ground, as it is supporting her upper body. The left arm will be hidden by her body, so only draw the forearm and hand. Having one hand rest on top of the other helps make t   

Step 10.

Now that the arms are drawn in, we can revisit the head to finish drawing the hair. Now you can see why we drew the arms first, because the hair partially falls in front of the right shoulder. Make sure that the hair is thick and voluminous. We will    

Step 11.

We can now start making our way down the body by drawing in the torso. She's going to be wearing a one-piece swimsuit for added sex appeal. Although the swimsuit is form fitting, it should still have a few small wrinkles around the waste.

Step 12.

Draw in the legs and make the feet point upwards to add more character to the image. Give her some heels for fun!

Step 13.

Now that the image is sketched out we can ink it using a brush or Micron markers. Carefully and patiently ink over each line. After the ink has dried, erase your pencil marks with a kneaded eraser. Look at how nice and clean your image has become!

Step 14.

To make the image even more unique, add in small polka dots to the swimsuit. Do your best to make the pattern of the dots contour to the shape of the figure.

Step 15.

Go in and add shadow to the image to give it a sense of depth. Don't go too heavy on shading - you don't want it to be so bold that it takes away from the delicacy of the model. Keep an eye on your light source. In this case, the light is coming from   

Step 16.

Finally, use a brush with opaque white paint or white ink to add highlights to the hair, or do any needed touch ups. Be sure to give the hair a lot of shine and keep in mind that the light is going to hit on the same side of every curl and hair roll.   

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