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Life 1945 by B-McKinney by TheMaskedShrike Life 1945 by B-McKinney by TheMaskedShrike
If you've looked around my gallery you may have noticed I have a high regard for the artist Brandon McKinney :iconb-mckinney:. Not only is he incredibly skilled and talented and nice, he's also psychic, apparently.

He recently started doing 'quickie commissions' again (go and check out his gallery!) and I had to have another one. I just asked for something romantic featuring PinUp Girl and her fella, Proud Citizen. Like the genius he is, he came back with this idea--an idea PC's player and I have been wanting done for some time. And now here it is.

Brandon took the pose from Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic photo taken on V-J Day in Times Square, which was used as the cover of Life magazine on August 27, 1945. The original image, of a sailor kissing a nurse, really sums up the exuberance of the day. Brandon not only drew the clinch, he generously recreated the photo in this awesome piece. I just love it. Maybe it's a shot of the original WWII PC and PG circa 1945.

Thank you, Brandon! I bow to your artistic prowess as well as your mind-reading ability.

To see Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous photo that served as inspiration, you can go here: [link]
To read a little about the photo, you can go here: [link]

Art by :iconb-mckinney:
Original cover photo of Life magazine by Alfred Eisenstaedt
Proud Citizen created by :iconwemblyfraggle:
PinUp Girl created by me
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Laserskater Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Great kiss!
sjrj3sdm Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thats rly niffty lookin. that nurse from the photo actually died today
totmoartsstudio2 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
hehehe, nicely done:thumbsup:
TheMaskedShrike Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Absolutely--Brandon just came up with the perfect idea and executed it beautifully. :)
Taclobanon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008   Digital Artist
love how he manipualted the photo. i remember seing the original in a photo book by life magazine.
WemblyFraggle Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
Absolutely mind-blowing! :D

There are just no words to describe how much I love this piece (and the coloured version). Brandon is an absolute genius.

Thank you so much for having Brandon bring this to life, hon :)
JaySentinel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Wow that is amazing! I love that. Being that the original photo is one of my favorite pictures, me being in the military and all. I LOVE IT!
Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
I recall the pose and it fits them so well.
ratwood42 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
AWESOME! Always loved that photo and it works so well with the style of both characters! Perfect!
DynamoDiva Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still.... a VERY romantic and patriotic piece!! great work, Brandon! :D
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