Official Press Release
The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes Girls Drawin Girls, the renowned artist collective, to its bookstore for a special event on Saturday, August 28, from 2:00 to 5:00pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists at work and view past Girls Drawin Girls projects.
Who is Girls Drawin Girls?
Girls Drawin Girls was founded in 2006 by Simpsons veteran Melody Severns and storyboard artist Anne Walker as a way to showcase women artists working in the male-dominated industry of animation. Together, they felt it was time for these talented women to demonstrate their creative abilities and artistic interpretations of female sexuality by re-defining the art of the pin-up.
Since its conception, the group has published three volumes of pin-up art and grown to over 90 active members who work professionally in various entertainment industries.
The group provides collaborative projects for its artists (such as book collections, group art shows, and opportuinities to participate in charity art events such as the Pasadena Chalk Festival), in addition to promoting each member’s individual artistic endeavors through cross-promotion and marketing prints, original artwork and other art-related merchandise.
Girls Drawin Girls Group Projects
From the beginning, Girls Drawin Girls has always been based around themed group projects. Our first published book, “Girls Drawin Girls Volume I: A Girl in Time” featured artwork from over two dozen artists and their interpretation of Pin-Up girls throughout time. Our second book, “Girls Drawin Girls Volume II; Once Upon a Girl” featured pin-up artwork by our members interpreting different fairy tales. Other group collaborations have included custom playing cards and a 2010 Pin-Up Art calendar. Future projects include a Volume III book (due mid-2010) and smaller sketchbook collections.
The collective has also invited to participate in high profile artist collaborations, such as the Vader Project and the Seychelles Art Show, where individual artists from the group are chosen to represent GDG.
Girls Drawin Girls Art Shows
An important aspect of Girls Drawin Girls is our group art shows. Part of our mission at Girls Drawin Girls is to bring exposure and experience to our members and art via the gallery world. GDG hosts and organizes several pin-up art themed group shows for our members throughout the year. Since 2006, we have had many gallery shows in and around the Los Angeles area featuring a diverse selection of pin-up art from our members.
The audience demographic of Girls Drawin Girls is very wide; we appeal primarily to those who appreciate and understand the art of pin-up. We have a strong following within the entertainment community and with fans of the counter-culture or “low-brow/pop” art scene. However, we have people from all walks of life at our shows and fans from every demographic. Men and women alike appreciate what our group is about and our vision towards promoting women artists.
Girls Drawin Girls Community Service
Girls Drawin Girls has always been active in community service and events. The group participates in the annual Pasadena Chalk festival, where donated artwork is auctioned off to raise funds for the Light-Bringer Project, a Pasadena-based nonprofit arts organization. We also sent GDG representative Melody Severns to Variety’s 3rd Annual “Power of Youth” charity event that was held at Paramount Studios in December 2009.
In the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake disaster, Girls Drawin Girls collected donated artwork from the art community and organized an online charity Art Sale to raise donations for the American Red Cross. The dedicated charity sale raised over $550 in proceeds.
In mid-March, unsold 2010 Pin-Up calendars were donated to the USO to be sent to American soldiers and members of the armed forces serving oversees.
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