The Art Of Lorenzo Di Mauro
The Art Of Lorenzo Di Mauro
Classic pinup has become a huge phenomena lately, what about it first captured your interest?
Classic Pinup Art has almost always been part of my imagination. When I was a boy in Italy barbers used to give clients small calendars with Vargas Pinups. I was dreaming of pinups and trying to draw them. Later, when working as a freelance illustrator, mainly in the advertising industry, in my spare time I did a few Pinup pieces, using acrylics, brushes and airbrush. During the 1990s, they were published in some annuals of The Italian Illustrator Association. I love Pinup Art and regret that, at least here in Italy, there are some reservations about this kind of art, to me it's a fond way to celebrate the female beauty.
How did that interest develop into your current art work?
Classic Pinup Art is a constant reference for me, even working on paintings based on photos of models, where I like to get the best likeness of the model. It's so even more now: most of my recent works all have a retro flavor typical of Classic Pinup Art, at least in my intention.
What is your formal arts background like?
If you mean such as artistic academic degrees I have achieved, the answer is: none. I am a self-taught artist, I studied Architecture and Urbanism before I decided to work as an illustrator. I have always drawn for fun, love the masters of the Italian Renaissance, those of modern illustration as Leyendecker or Rockwell, the great Pinup artists, first of all Elvgren… I also greatly admire many artists I have known through the internet, first of all Adam Hughes, all of them taught me a lot.
What special considerations and techniques are necessary for your work?
Sometimes I am inspired by a photo, sometimes inspiration is an image in my mind which I try to secure on a rough pencil sketch. Then I look for the proper photo references, I also care about composition and body proportions, which almost never are the same as the references. I consider my pinups like creatures that belong to the realm of imagination, dreamy beauties which do not exist, with long legs, healthy breast, thin hips impossible to find in real life.
So my painting process is never quite copying the photo. I take references from several photos, if necessary I also do additional photo shots until I have what I need to create unreal beauties looking real.
Regarding technique, there is almost no difference between digital I work with now, and traditional techniques I used long before the computer came. Sure digital offers a few remarkable facilities, but the time it takes me per painting is almost the same... it surprised me too the first times.
What has been your favorite creation?
Very difficult to answer this question, I feel close to many of my works… having to name just one, I would say "Veronika", it was the first job I was really happy with.
What do you think about pinup becoming part of the mainstream culture?
Great! I'd be more than happy if Pinup Art would become part of the mainstream culture. I think that to celebrate the female beauty, if done with taste and respect for women, deserves to be recognized as culture.
What kind of music do you like?
I love so many musical genres... these days I'm in love with Black Music: Earth, Wind & Fire, Prince, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan…
What do you like to do for fun?
Spending time with friends, watching a good movie, going to live concerts or art exhibitions, I like very much to go outdoors, I like mountains during all seasons, even more during the winter with snow, love skiing!
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Dark Queen: Madeleine Horn
Hunny Bunny: Kay O'Hara
Perfect Latex: Nikki Magnusson
Vanessa Doll: Vanessa Lake
Veronika: Veronika Kotlajic
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