Painted lady: A vintage reveal in a can!

Restaurant Caricature Mascot Illustration 2021

Another commission from Fiverr Pro, with an interesting twist. The client requested an illustrative homage to a vintage calendar girl type artwork, with a nude as a focus, seated on a can. This was requested based on a reference to a well-known 70s illustration, which was only used as reference to the concept. The client wanted to replace the can with a version of their product; paint can.

This piece was to signal my first ever nude after 30+ years in the business. I wanted to make a good impression and do a good job, so the pressure was on a little.

“Painted Lady” – BRIEF

The brief was from a business owner who wanted to highlight their product in a traditional and vintage way. They simply asked for a recognised illustration to be used as a key reference point, and after discussing IP issues in literally copying, we agreed to have me make a different pose and change the angle of the can.

The only points the client really requested was that the girl was tanned with a bikini line and that she was a brunette with long shoulder length hair. the rest of the creative aspects were left to me.


So, to avoid copying the reference I basically did a research schedule looking at different seated nudes. From these 12 or so reference images I patched together a proposed pose and sketched it out. For the can I literally found a free model on SketchUp’s 3dwarehouse and re-oriented it to fit the seated position of the nude. After bring all the elements into Photoshop a completed sketch was formed to make as a render candidate. Once the client was OK with this, the rendering started.


A couple of images were used to get the correct colour values for the skin, but in the end an adjustment layer was added to give a more tanned look to the girl. Also, the tan line of the bikini was added as an adjustment layer, so not the disturb the full tan effect of the girl (in case the client wanted the image without the tan line too).


The label of the can was simply wrapped on the form of the can and paint traced on to exact the same livery as the original product, and to give an added touch, an overlay layer was added with a subtle grunge effect, to add vintage quality. The rest of the paint can followed the same paint style as the original.


  • Client: doubleffenly
  • Illustration Tool: Photoshop CC 2021
  • File size: 423.3Mbs/1.58Gbs (open)
  • Layers: 16 uncompressed
  • Dimensions: 10000 x 13806px/300dpi
  • Hours (Preparitory): 2.5 hrs
  • Digital rendering: 36 hrs

As part of my typical rendering process I have made a time-lapse rendering process video. You can see it by simply clicking the Subscribe button and join my YouTube channel. I would appreciate the follows, as in the near future I will be doing new tutorials as well as uploading many time-lapse pieces of my works.

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all work copyright © Rob Art | illustration 2021
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