Dualchromaticism and why I love it for Pinup Art

Dualchromaticism and pinups

I’ve talked about monochromatic painting before and why it’s important. If you don’t know what monochromatic painting is, it’s simply painting with only one color.

Dualchromaticism is simply painting with only two colors.

Two things about monochromatic painting – 1. knowing how to paint with only one color will improve your technique drastically. 2. When using monochromaticism for one part of the painting, the part of the painting that’s not monochromatic will “pop.”

That’s especially good for pinup art. Most of the surface of these paintings are only two colors – Daniel Smith’s Moonglow and Winsor and Newton’s Payne’s Grey. So I’m using dualchromaticism rather than monochromaticism, which is really not much of a difference.

They’re similar colors so they almost look like they’re the same color. Moonglow has both red and blue in it so it’s almost a purplish whereas Payne’s Grey is a dark blue-gray. Both colors are very cool in that warm/cool color spectrum.

Plus, my mood has been very gray lately. I feel it’s fitting.

Dualchromaticism makes the girls pop, and the girls lately have been the one thing going right in my life.

This lockdown is getting to me big time. I’m a very social person. I like being around people.

The lockdown has made people scared of each other. Rather than seeing a fellow human being, folks are seeing each other as possible disease vectors. We’ll be seeing the psychological side effects of the lockdown for decades.

Sophia Jade as a Lake Naiad
Sophia as a Lake Naiad

Make the subjects “pop”

You see what I mean though about the girl really “popping?” Sophia stands out, almost like she’s popping out of the picture.

Most of the rest of the painting is only Moonglow and Payne’s Grey. I used some white gouache for the stars and the moon.

Take another good look at the painting above of Sophia. Unfortunately, you’re seeing an image of the painting. I really wish you could see this painting in real life.

We’re doing a warm/cool trick here. For the dualchromaticism, I’m using cool colors. For the actual subject, which in my case is my pinup model, I’m using warm colors.

Allie in a Medieval Port City
Allie in a Medieval Port City

Allie really bursts forward in this one. Same color format. Moonglow and Payne’s Grey with white gouache for the moon and the stars.

Roxy and Allie near some castle ruins
Roxy and Allie near some Castle Ruins

Here Roxy and Allie really pop forward. I intended some serious symbolism in this painting but I won’t disclose what I intended. If someone gets it, they get it. If they get it wrong, I won’t correct them and let them think that’s what I intended.

I’m not that kind of artist. If you see something that I didn’t intend for, it appealed to you in a way I didn’t understand. More power to you! Actually, it’s flattering that you saw something additional to what I intended. Seriously.

What means something to me may or may not mean the same thing to you. That’s totally cool. You and I are different people and I don’t expect us to think the same way.

On another note, I try to capture some of my model’s sexuality in the paintings. If they’re not looking sexy, I haven’t done my job very well.

That’s a huge part of pinup art. I love painting beauty for beauty’s sake. But pinup art should also capture some of the real life sexiness of your models.

Roxy by Greek Ruins
Roxy as a Lake Naiad by Greek Ruins

This one of Roxy in a Naiad in the Greek Ruins was the first in the series of these paintings, before I started adding dragons in all of them. Ironically, I have a seagull in there. Still a flying animal, only on a much smaller scale.

You see in all these images though one consistency – the girls really pop forward. They’re the life of the painting and the background is the background. I really like to exaggerate that fact with my style of pinup art.

I’m all about the girl. I know Allie and Roxy extremely well and I’m getting to know Sophia a lot better. All three of them are super cool women.

I hope I’m successfully capturing a bit of their personalities as well in the painting. Yes, I use live models. I think that’s the only way to do it if you’re painting my style of pinup art.

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