Wednesday, May 12, 2010


New Orleans Burlesque Festival founder Rick Delaup commissioned artist Craig Elliot to create the official New Orleans Burlesque Festival 2010 poster. This beautiful limited-edition art poster depicts a striptease dancer performing to a live jazz band. To create the original painting, Craig used oil and pencil on Rives BFK cotton paper. The size of the original work is 20” x 32”.


Craig Elliott is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. He received his education at the famed Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and studied under artists such as Harry Carmean and Burne Hogarth. Craig’s carefully crafted and arresting images of nature and the human form have captivated audiences with their visual and intellectual celebration of the beauty in this world and beyond. In addition to his fine art work, Craig has had a hand in designing many of today’s most popular animated films from studios such as Disney (The Princess and the Frog, Enchanted, Hercules) and DreamWorks (Bee Movie, Shark Tale). His work on The Princess and the Frog was recently exhibited in Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Drawing from the visual worlds of science and nature, the human figure, the grand tradition of American illustration, Japanese scroll paintings and woodblock prints, fantasy illustration, and great artists of Europe, Elliott’s work strikes the viewer at first with a powerful tableau and draws them in to experience the subtlety and beauty within. Beyond the pictorial impact of his work, themes personal to him such as body image, environmental preservation, and social and psychological repression weave themselves throughout his work.

Craig Elliott on the New Orleans Burlesque Festival poster design:

“Essentially the poster blends of my personal artistic interests and style with New Orleans, Jazz and Burlesque imagery and symbology. I also tried to show my respect for the skills and artistry of the French poster makers at the turn of the century when designing the poster. Their composition, color and the pure graphic punch of their work is fantastic. Approaching the poster design from a French angle rather than a purely New Orleans one keeps the design fresher but still keeps a New Orleans flavor.”

On his approach drawing the female form:

"I suppose I could boil it down to trying to show visually how a woman makes me feel. Women are people who are walking art to me. Men's bodies are mere machines, women have that same functional element, but with thousands of little modifications that make them more like flowers to the eye. Flowers are meant to attract and beauty is part of what they are, but stems are just supports and leaves make food for the plant. Beauty vs. pure function - that is a big part of the key to the female form for me."

On the dancer in the festival poster:

"I tried to focus on the single female figure and give her all the qualities of burlesque I could think of. She's dancing with energy and almost floating in a graceful dance. She has a great personality and joie de vivre - she's someone we'd all like to know! Of course she also has beautiful curves that flow with the dance she is doing. In the end I hope she is seen as classic, lively and fun, just like burlesque itself!"

Artist Website
Festival Website