David Talaski-Brown is a Portland, Oregon-based artist, husband and chihuahua dad. He’s been drawing, sculpting, and clicking his way around MS Paint for as long as he can remember. Eventually, David ended up in the animation program at the now deceased Art Institute of Portland, mostly focusing on 2D animation. He didn’t end up in animation but instead landed in a studio making art for video games.
Talaski-Brown is also working on his personal projects, one of which is a quirky illustration series where he turns male superheroes into classic pinup models.
To those who know him, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise. “Comics and superhero movies were both activities my husband and I did together when we first started dating, so they’ve become a significant part of our relationship. Even when they aren’t good, they’re an event that we always look forward to,” David Said.
The artist started developing the series about 2 years ago, when he started dipping his toes in local conventions and online sales for his personal work. “I was going to table at my first convention and I felt like I had nothing to sell that people would want to buy,” David recalled. “I had an idea of illustrating popular male superheroes in the pinup classic style akin to Elvgren and Vargas.”