Teddy Boy Dancers

Our newest retro illustraion work features a rockin’ couple jiving atop an LP record. He is the coolest-of-cool Teddy Boy complete with creepers and drape jacket, and she is a gorgeous pinup Queen in leopard capris and high heeled Pollys! This is the perfect illustration for your dance classes, rockabilly festival or fifties-themed diner!

This illustration is part of our new premium collection of retro vector clipart, and is available for a limited time for only $10 through Paypal. The high-res file download pack for this image includes the vector eps (with removable colour and record if you want to use it as black and white only), high-res jpeg and png.

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Posted June 21st, 2014 in 1950s, clipart download, people, pinup clipart, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro

Hawaiian Party Invitation and Clipart

Here’s a vintage Hawaiiana-style party invitation ready for you to print off and fill in the details! We have also provided the image elements separately for you to use in other projects!

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Hawaiian Luau Party invitation clipart

The high-res file download pack for this image includes the vector eps, high-res jpeg, png and a pdf set up ready for printing out 2 per A4 page of paper. As a bonus, we have also included the clipart elements separately! The Hawaiian Party Invitation download pack is available for purchase here for just $10 through Paypal:

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Posted May 16th, 2014 in 1950s, clipart download, free clipart, invitation templates, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro

Vintage Children’s Book-style Little Girl

I was experimenting with watercolour pencils to recreate a whimsical-looking vintage-style illustration of a little girl dressed in her Sunday best with a basket of flowers. I’m quite chuffed with how she turned out!
You can use this low-res version of the clipart for free, but if you’d like the high-res version, it’s available on the link below.

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Or if you want a version with a blank background area to drop in your logo or Facebook name, try this one:

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Posted May 15th, 2014 in 1950s, clipart download, free clipart, people by Red Pepper Retro

Retro Valentines Lovers

This cute vintage-style line illustration show a young couple in love sharing a milkshake at their favourite diner.  This would make a cute Valentines Day Card for someone special or a menu cover for a cute 50s milk bar or diner! As with the other clipart images on the website, this is free clipart for you to use! If you would like to purchase a package containing the high res version and also the vector clipart, please use the button below.

Free retro valentines 50s clipart

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Posted May 6th, 2014 in 1950s, clipart download, free clipart, people, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro

Sailor girl pinup invitation

I’m loving all the retro pinup fashions around at the moment! Several people have asked about using my illustrations for hens’ nights and burlesque events. So with this in mind, I have created a fantastic blank invitation so you can fill out the details of your pinup event, burlesque evening, hens’ night, birthday party, rockabilly festival – really, whatever you desire! It looks great as a business card, too! Pinup girls, all aboard!
As always, this un-watermarked clipart image is free for you to use, but if you need a higher quality version, just purchase the vector pack which, in addition to the Illustrator eps vector file, high resolution jpeg and png files, you will also receive a PDF file, which you can print straight out and fill in your details! Either that, or pop it into a Microsoft Word document and fill in your details in a text box! The possibilities are endless!

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Posted May 2nd, 2014 in 1950s, clipart download, free clipart, people, pinup clipart, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro

Burlesque sillhouettes

Well it certainly seems that Burlesque is everywhere at the moment! Lots of people have come to the site looking for burlesque images – so I thought I should draw a few and post them up here! These sillhouettes of sultry pin-up ladies channel Betty Grable, Gil Elvgren lovelies and a more modern lady who could be our very own Tasia!

Pinup Burlesque sillhouetteRetro Pinup Burlesque

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Posted November 11th, 2011 in 1950s, clipart download, free clipart, people, pinup clipart, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro

Viva Las Vegas cocktails

I must admit to suffering a spot of pre-Viva Fever at the moment! Promoted as “The  Biggest Rockabilly Party in the World”, this weekender held at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas, is a celebration of vintage culture and rockabilly music, attracting vistors from around the world. One of the highlights is the cowboy boot full of Margharita seen being clutched by many a drunken greasy rocker or rockette! SO in honor of this occasion I’ve added a VLV drink to the cocktail collection below ( as well as the trusty martini glass!!)

vector cocktail glasses and drinks

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Posted March 25th, 2011 in 1950s, clipart download, free clipart, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro

Martini cocktail background

I can’t believe how many times I get asked to draw martini glasses! They certainly seem to be the flavour of the moment – and I must say I’m quite partial to one myself – the Smoky Martini (with a dash of scotch) being a personal favourite. Shades of Madmen and seedy boardroom lunches with a dash of sophisticated jazz lounge! Here’s a handy backgound tile and the recipe so you feel inspired!

Smoky Martini

2-1/2 ounces gin
Splash of blended scotch
Lemon twist, for garnish
Shake both ingredients with ice then garnish with the lemon twist.

martini glass background

Posted March 23rd, 2011 in 1950s, free clipart by Red Pepper Retro

Sailorette

I just love the old pen and ink drawings from a bygone era when people used brushes and inks and pencils instead of computers. Having said that, of course, in this day and age it is necessary to find digitised images of a high enough resolution for printing!

sailor girl pin up

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Posted March 18th, 2011 in 1950s, clipart download, free clipart, people, pinup clipart, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro

Hula Christmas

A bit obsessed with vintage Hawaiiana at the moment! I’ve been scouring some fabulous old books and magazines with images of original vintage drink coasters, matchbook covers, ads and was inspired to create an Hawaiian Christmas image for my cards this year. With some of those old printed vintage paper items, I just love the way the ink bleeds into the paper, and the misregistration adds heaps of character.  I also love the exotic green/blue lighting Tretchikoff used on his paintings  and felt inspired to create some artwork I can use for my Print Gocco machine. Having spent all that time creating the artwork, I thought I would share it!

Hawaiian Christmas Hula dancer

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Posted November 21st, 2010 in 1950s, clipart download, free clipart, people, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro

32 Ford hotrod decal

I love the old automotive artwork from the 1950s. This imagery has become hugely popular of late with the resurgence of hot-rod and custom culture and it’s adoption by the neo-rockabilly movement. I’m currently creating a set of vehical graphics similar to this for a specific project, but thought I would share this one with you as it would make a neat-o decal or teeshirt design.

32 Ford Roadster

Posted November 3rd, 2010 in 1950s, free clipart by Red Pepper Retro

Hula girl

The hula dance was brought to Hawaii by the French Polynesians. The hula girl became a romantic image that was successfully exploited by the tourism industry as it developed earlier this century. During the Second World War, with the influx of US Servicemen to Hawaii, she became even more popular as an idealised symbol of romantic escapism in a tropical paradise. This little vintage-inspired lady was intended for screen printing, but I thought she made a lovely illustration to share with you all.

hula dancer

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Posted November 2nd, 2010 in clipart download, free clipart, people, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro

Cartoon animals

Okay, so we’re starting to think about Christmas now and these illustrations were from a set of gift-tag ideas that got shelved and never saw the light of day. I have a soft spot for the cute animal cartoon character imagery from the 50s and 60s, having grown up watching those Hanna-Barbera shows after school and on Saturday mornings.

bambi clipart

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kittycat clipart

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Posted November 1st, 2010 in 1950s, animals, clipart download, free clipart, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro

Martini cocktail girl

The classic Girl-in-a-martini-glass image is another one I’m constantly being asked for. Whether for burlesque events, cocktail lounges or pin-up photography – this seems to be a timeless classic. One of my screen idols, Rita Hayworth, was the inspiration for the girl in this sketch, although these days I’m sure this little lady would be instantly identified with Dita Von Teese, who seems to be synonymous with the current burlesque revival.

girl in martini glass clipart

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Posted November 1st, 2010 in 1950s, clipart download, free clipart, people, pinup clipart, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro

Gossip

I found this sketch in an old magazine and have vectorized it. I have previously used it for invitations and birthday cards, as the blank magazine cover is pretty nifty for placing your text in. I thought I would share it here.

gossip vector sketch

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Posted September 28th, 2010 in 1950s, clipart download, free clipart, people, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro

Rock & roll dancers

When I started looking for decent vector images for my artwork, the 1950′s era seemed to be sadly lacking!  Images of people dancing were particularly scarce! And dance schools were one of my biggest clients! The sketchy black and white images that were published in books and magazines seemed an ideal candidate for vector work and so I have created many of these over the years. Here is one I have created of a couple jiving to rock and roll music. This was originally enlarged to wall-size to decorate a dance hall – and it looked fantastic!

rock and roll dancers

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Posted April 2nd, 2010 in 1950s, clipart download, free clipart, people, vector clip art by Red Pepper Retro