His career was revived somewhat when he painted an album cover, Candy-0, for The Cars; he also designed two other record album jackets for singer Bernadette Peters. The three tissues showed increasing detail from one state to the next until the parchment state which, because of the paper's colour and texture, was almost identical to the final painting. Three of these were drawn on a fine tissue paper, the fourth on a heavy vellum parchment paper. They were greeted upon their return with a personal invitation from Hefner to have Vargas' work appear monthly in Playboy. When Vargas' wife passed away in November , the artist lost much of his interest in painting and in life. He died on 30 December , in Los Angeles.
Alexandra. Age: 24.
Vargas painted only two front- cover images for Playboy during his long reign as the magazine's primary artist: a cut-out figure of a girl in a bathing suit that was part of a montage created by art director Reid Austin in and the cover for the March issue.
Miah. Age: 22.
At Playboy, Vargas did one tissue and occasionally a few, parchment studies for each published painting. In , Playboy magazine published a pictorial feature on Vargas' nudes, which drew the attention of publisher Hugh Hefner. The Pin-up Files is a free site - please help support our work with a small donation via PayPal.