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Pin-up Girl Next Door by behindinfinity Pin-up Girl Next Door by behindinfinity
This idea for this drawing was inspired by the way soldiers in the past would post pin-ups onto their lockers or bring them along during combat as morale boosters.

I wanted to focus on the playful but wholesome side of pin-ups. I decided to design a pin-up girl for a modern guy maybe depicting that special girl next door who shares his interest in stuff like Lord of the Rings, and whose laugh can turn bad days around. I drew an image he might keep in mind to get him through particularly rough days. :)

I kept the rendering and colors relatively simple because this is meant to go on a shirt. I got the idea to draw it because of the pin-up design challenge on Threadless.

While working on this, I was listening to "You Always Make Me Smile" by Kyle Andrews :pointr: [link] It's a catchy, upbeat, happy song that kept me going even when I nearly tossed this illustration completely.

I like your messy hair
I like the clothes you wear
I like the way you sing, and when you dance with me
Ready set, here we go

I don't know why, I love you
I just know I can't stop thinking of you
Oh, wait (Oh oh oh oh oh)
It's 'cause you make me smile
(Oh oh oh oh oh)
You always make me smile
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joriingo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014 it me or am I totally picturing :iconmerkymerx: in this? Stare 
jazzknh Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
:clap: She looks like Velma with long hair. ^_^
17ZynxExpressions Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I love how this is true to the character of the Girl Next Door and yet true to the style of pin-ups ;)
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your excellent and wonderful art work has been featured in my February 2012 [link] journal.
marktwospirit Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great pin up, your thinking was a success.
kairi-chan15 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Oh wow. It's beautiful. I can't help but tear up about what you said. I'm not really going through good times right now but this really cheered me up. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

I love her shoes, by the way. Classic. :lol:
YoruichiFan16 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful ^_^
KiraRavenLupin Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the picture. Someone tell me where to find a guy who appreciates girls like this? :blush:
PhunPhishTiger Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the idea behind this and the picture itself... I'd definitely hang this up on my wall. Great work! :D
white-wolf-rika Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im thankful that she isn't wearing a skimpy outfits like most pin ups
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