Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Joyce Ballantyne was born in Norfolk, Nebraska. She had always liked drawing and made paper dolls as a youngster which she sold for $1 a time. She entered many art contests and won a scholarship to Disney’s school of animation as a teenager. Once they discovered she was a young woman, however, Disney rescinded the scholarship.
She attended Nebraska University and outside of her course work she painted murals for cinemas and department stores. She also learned to fly. She left university to study commercial art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She joined the commercial firm Kling studios where she painted maps and illustrated a dictionary. With so many male artists being drafted in WW2 it became easier for a woman to get ahead. Joyce moved to another studio, Stevens/Gross, where she remained for a decade. One of her fellow artists there was Gil Elvgren (more on him another time) who had been one of her teachers at the Academy of Art. It was Elvgren who introduced her to top pin-up firm Brown and Bigelow. She was soon awarded the honour of her own 12 month calendar published by Shaw-Barton in 1955 From which our top picture comes).
In 1959 Coppertone suntan lotion asked a series of illustrators to submit sketches for their new poster campaign. Ballantyne, who was a strikingly attractive woman, had often used herself as a model for her pin up pictures and for this pitch she turned to her three year old daughter, Cheri (“because she was available and because she was cheap”).
Cheri poses for the picture that will haunt her for life
She won the contract, which paid a rather worthwhile $2,500 and created one of the most famous advertising images ever.
Joyce Ballantyne in her eighties
The dog was modeled on a neighbour’s cocker spaniel although it was changed for the final painting. Later the original was lost in a fire and Ballantyne earned another $2,000 to recreate the painting. Interestingly, in the second version the little girl is less exposed.
The image has been much parodied including this rather fine one of Carmen Electra for Esquire.
Another take on the painting
Ballantyne and her husband moved to Florida in 1974, a place she initially hated, preferring the big city atmosphere of Chicago and New York where she used to liberally down Martinis in the company of other artists and creative types.
Ballantyne at the age of 86. A fun lady by all accounts!
She died in 2006 at the age of 88.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Does she look good in a white vest? Certainement!
It's very important for an actress to display her strengths
A very nice back as well...
Friday, September 18, 2009
After he finished at The Sketch he worked for Men Only, which was a very different sort of magazine than it became under Paul Raymond, who took it over in 1971. Originally founded in 1935 by C Arthur Pearson Ltd this was a pocket (roughly A5 size) magazine featuring fiction, humour and artistic pin ups. Wright's pictures for Men Only (he also produced illustrations for Esquire and Playboy) could be rather more daring than they had been for The Sketch. At the time Wright produced this painting in 1953 Men Only was still being published in the smaller format; not expanding to full size until the mid-sixties.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Another of his books Six Nymphets (1966), is more appropriate to the work he did for Penthouse and, indeed, many other mens' magazines in London, where he lived in a lavish flat in Mayfair. In addition to being a photographer Stearns was the Photographic Director of Penthouse. After he left Penthouse he went on to be editor of miltary history magazine Campaign. He died in February 2000, two days past his 83rd birthday, in Vermont. Interestingly, his death notice (paid for by his family) mentioned his interest in military miniatures and historical societies but didn't mention his photography at all!
Friday, September 4, 2009
1 (6) Veronika Zemanova. Busty Czech girl.
2 (1) Elizabeth Ann Roberts. Teenage Playmate drops from number one.
3 (7) Melodye Prentiss. Back into the top three for Playmate Melodye.
4 (2) The Pubic Wars. A new re-written episode soon.
5 (10) Hyapatia Lee. Part Native American model climbs again.
6 (8) Giselle Bundchen. Brazilian supermodel.
7 (9) Louann Fernald. Playmate from 1979.
8 (4) Venus Observations. People trying to find pictures of girls or a planet.
9 (3) Gloria Root. Planning Playmate drops slightly.
10 (15) Sue and Louise Elvin. Racy penthouse mother and daughter pictorial.
11 (-) Maureen O'Hara. Surprisingly high score for Hollywood star.
12 (14) Flaming June. Lord Leighton’s classic painting
13 (13) Marie-Louise O'Murphy by Boucher.
14 (11) Liv Lindeland. First pubic Playmate centrefold from 1971.
15 (-) Evelyn Treacher. First US Penthouse pet.
16 (-) Stephanie McLean. First pubic US Penthouse Pet.
17 (-) Sharon Johansen. Playboy girl from the seventies.
18 (-) Susan Waide. Naughty Penthouse centrefold from the seventies.
19 (-) Ursula Andress. First Bond girl.
20 (-) David Wright. British 1940's pin up artist.
Top scorer Veronika had more than twice the keyword searched than the number two. Actually, we don't like this such clear domination so hope someone else comes back this month. Highest new entry goes to, surprisingly, Hollywood star Maureen O'Hara who was 89 last month. Biggest climbers are Veronika Zemanova, Hyapatia Lee and Sue and Louise Elvin with five places each. New on the list are Evelyn Treacher, Sharon Johansen, Susan Waide, Ursula Andress and David Wright.
Just below the top twenty but showing strongly are Lady Godiva by John Collier, Penthouse Pet Vida Farthing, Playboy's Susie Scott and Helen Antonaccio.