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April 16, 2012

the female anatomy ….. raquel welch


Although he used models to compose his paintings ( using an old projector to project his sketches before rendering the paint- in a true camera obscura mode like those renaissance artists) he renders the lines with precise anatomical details. He is able to capture the pose, the expression and the mood very very well, almost as if he knows what needs to go on canvas before he renders it. His artists eye is immaculate. His poses are artistic and while sexy they are never crude or exploitative.

April 16, 2012

the colours

His use of colours is  commendable. He uses the full palette. No monochrome nonsense in his art. Every colour is touched, always appropriately , never excessively. They way the colours gel together is worthy of much appreciation. They are a delight to the eye of the beholder.

He is a master of colour composition, trying to rejuvenate each cover with a different shade, a different end of the spectrum.

He is like a culinary genius or a musical maestro, each choosing various ingredients of their chosen art to create and compose a mixture that soothes, teases and entices the senses.

(thanks Docmo)

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April 16, 2012

the pose …..


McGinnis demonstrates an abject understanding of the feminine form. Like a renaissance artist rendering the mood and conveying an emotion, he knows how to compose the pose with the right amount of flirtatiousness, inviting the watcher yet showing an air of mystery, an air of coyness and mischief.

His study of the physiognomy and the feminine attributes are often stunning as if we have walked into the scene ourselves, observer becoming participant. They go way beyond the demands of a humble paperback artist. He is an illustrator of highest order. A genius. A humble, highly talented genius whose work needs wider appreciation beyond the tattered remnants of a paperback.

April 16, 2012

the expression ……


The eyes, the mouth, the body language… McGinnis can do them all. Despite thousands of covers there seems to be no repetition. It is as if he has an encyclopaedic memory of his own work and that he can reinvent the female pose over and over again, showing us countless permutations and combinations. A true master at work.

(thanks Docmo)

April 16, 2012

the artist’s eye …..

I have looked at Robert McGinnis’s work again and again, trying to see why they attract the ye so much. There are many artists who can draw scantily clad women but why is his art so captivating?

(thanks Docmo)

April 16, 2012

the man …..

Robert McGinnis was born in 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio and was raised in Wyoming. He studied art at Ohio State University. After a brief career in Merchant Marine and advertising, he apprenticed at Walt Disney Studios. He then went to work for Dell publishing in 1958 at the peak of paperback boom and never looked back.

His work has appeared in diverse publications such as Playboy, Argosy, Saturday Evening Post, Time, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal and Woman’s Home companion.

He has painted over  s- a stunning achievement. His contributions for the sale of these pulp novels should not be underestimated. Produced at a rate of one a month, often sold from magazine outlets and petrol stations, candy shops the attraction of the beautifully rendered female form to the young teen audience and adult readers must have had a significant impact on the sales.

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