Vince Colletta Romance Covers

The late, great Roy Orbison could sure write and sing about pretty women. And the late, great Vince Colletta could sure create them – with pencils and ink, that is. There will always be debates about what constitutes beauty in women. Each drawing represents the personal and cultural beauty standards of the artist.

Vince Colletta Pretty Woman

Portraits are meant to flatter the subject. Colletta’s work as a portrait painter and muralist prior to comic books  translated effortlessly when it came to creating irresistible women. The faces of Vinnie’s girls are idealized with alluring eyes and enchanting expressions.

Beautiful Woman in Lounge Chair

Shapes of women’s faces are unique. Diamond-faced women have pointed chins and high cheekbones. The jawline of a square-faced woman has very little curve. Women with heart-shaped faces tend to have wide foreheads. As I look through the endless examples of Vince Colletta romance art, evidence of his finely-tuned vision when portraying females is an enduring theme.

Blonde Girl

Even the simplest of Colletta’s drawings convey the artist’s intentions which are to portray beauty and expression. Subtleties in facial features should disclose what the girl is saying or thinking without word balloons.

Brunette Girl Smiling

Happiness. Explicitly creating a happy expression involves processing facial identity and expanding and embellishing it.

Pretty Blonde Girl Art By Vince CollettaThe blank stare isn’t something most artists can convey in their subjects.

Girl Looking at the MoonAnd finally, a good artist can reveal sadness without actually showing the woman’s face.

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