I have been doing a series of illustrations lately, and thought I would share with you. I found the photo above in an old vintage Physique Pictorial, and thought it was very charming, so I used that image for the painting above. I normally prefer to use my own photographs (or really, to draw from live models, although that is not always possible), but in this case, I thought the figure was so evocative, that it cried out to be used in one of my vintage style illustrations. The image below was drawn the same way - the original pose was from an old magazine, but he was posed against a plain white ground. I invented the ship and sky for the purposes of my image.