The bus is not the only thing that stops here...
The gorgeous woman depicted above was created by Gil Elvgren. This picture has a lot of dynamic motion and an interesting play with shapes. All this motivated by a simple idea from where Elvgren's inspiration takes off. Most of Elvgren's models have a motivation that give them a reason to be sexy, although apparently they are unaware of this, or are they? The women are your average woman you meet at an office, a post office station or a...bus stop. The picture above shows us a young woman traveling, who has encountered some difficulties along the way: little rocks inside her high heels. Ouch! Obviously, she stops to remove these, and here is where Elvgren takes advantage to show us her alluring beauty and feminine sensuality. The positioning of her body only adds to accentuate her curves to remind us of her femaleness. She seems delicate, in need of help. What man could refuse to help this damsel in distress?
She takes of her shoe on her left foot to remove the rocks hurting her. To achieve this, she balances her body by pressing her left hand on the bus sign, then lifts her left leg to remove the shoe. This forces her body forward making her bust more prominent while pushing her bottom out more the opposite direction, completing the circular rounded features of her body. Also, to remove the shoe on her left leg, she has to cross it over the right in order to reach. This is the key, most important action in the entire picture because it accidentally reveals the black stockings on her legs and a glimpse of her inner thighs, making the picture sexy.
One aspect that strikes me about this Elvgren picture is the curious play on shapes. On the model's right is her rectangular luggage, and on her left a rounded bag for her hats. In the middle is her, and by crossing her leg she creates a triangle above the two other shapes. She rests her left hand on a rectangular shape as well. These shapes give the picture a sense of proportion. On an open field, it's hard to tell how tall or short is the model, but by placing her next to her luggage and a sign post, we get an idea of her size.
The use of the color white for her skirt, serves to contrast and make her black stockings seem more prominent, thus making her sexier. The blue sky behind her makes the reddish tone of her hair richer, bringing our attention to her eyes and a face that says, "Oops".