Joerg Warda (1967 – ) is a German-born digital artist and illustrator who paints his own imaginings in Photoshop. He began to explore art through the introductory medium that most artists begin with; a pencil and paper. His early years were spent drawing figures that merged the realms of science fiction, fantasy and pin-up girls. As his artistic skills improved, Warda began to work with an airbrush; a tool that allows the artist to spray a fine mist of paint onto paper or canvas. Airbrushes are often used to create paintings of skin, as the soft gradients lend themselves to creating the curves and hollows of the human body.
Warda added another realm of influence to his pin-up girl paintings; dark gothic. Many of his science fiction/fantasy pin-up girls now had a darker edge to them. The addition of this influence has given Warda’s paintings more depth and intrigue; not only are they aesthetically appealing, there appears to be a story within each painting, a character history that is only hinted at through the lens of Joerg Warda’s art. Many of Warda’s women can exist only in the realms of fantasy and science fiction. The artist uses subtle caricature techniques to emphasize or shrink areas of model’s bodies to create sensual figures that don’t exist in the physical world, but are queens in their realm of fantasy.
His experience with airbrush techniques drew Warda to digital art software like Photoshop. The majority of his work is now produced digitally, as painting in Photoshop allows him more control over the piece. Mistakes can be fixed or simply undone, and if he feels like experimenting, he can create a new layer and paint without worrying about ruining the painting underneath. Joerg Warda’s Photoshop pin-up girls have appeared in magazines, on posters and have been celebrated and awarded around the world. Visit Joerg Warda’s website for more pin-up girl pictures and fine art paintings from this artist.