Thursday, February 12, 2009

Gallery of Artist Themed Pulp Fiction Covers

Mirko Ilic is a New York-based graphic designer and illustrator. For Print magazine, he assembled a large gallery of satisfyingly lurid covers from pulp magazines depicting artists and their figure models.
For years, when you would say “artist,” the first picture which popped into people’s minds was somebody poor and hungry--but with a naked “model” in the studio.

That image suited artists, of course, and they maintained it, painting themselves with nudes over and over again--on canvases, but also in ads and on the covers of pulp fiction, magazines, and records.

Now the secret’s out: This is how they get generation after generation of young artists to join the profession. Promises of love and women (or, at this point, men) attract shy, insecure, and vulnerable young souls to take up the artist’s life. Kids, don’t fall into the same trap that I did. Save yourselves!
Here's the slideshow.