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Portrait of Marilyn Monroe, A, approximately 20h, graphite pencils (2H to 8B).

A portrait I wanted to draw for many months =) I love it ! :D
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Portrait of Marilyn Monroe, A3
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Portrait of Marilyn Monroe, bristol, 50x50 cm, graphite pencils (2H to 8B), nearly 35h.

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"I just want to be wonderful" - Marilyn Monroe

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In hommage to Marilyn Monroe. This drawing is larger than others, I wanted to draw this portrait for my room decoration x) And I think the reference I used really looks like the wonderful Marilyn...

Again bristol, I don't know if I'll keep this paper for the next ones, but I have problems with it, above all for the hair. Indeed I find it really unpleasant to detail the hair, but it obviously is excellent for the shading x)

The WIP is available here : [link]
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The theme for our Senior Ball at school this year is Hollywood so the ball committee asked me if I could draw a poster of Marilyn Monroe. Here it is, it took 8 hours with 6b pencil on A3 paper.
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Prints available [link]

Drawing of [link] by :iconpersephonestock: It was a great stock picture to use, the mood very much reminded me of the girl in Royo's Announcement, and yes, those are real tears.
It took me ages to do, but I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

2B mechanical pencil, kneaded eraser, 30x30cm, 12 hours.

Print available here: [link]
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Ref from :iconyellow-stock: [link]

Used derwent watercolour pencils until I got sick of them, then used crayola coloured pencils. 15x20cm. 7 hours.

*Edit*
Fixed up some of the shading, the hair especially, and got a better scan.
Originally posted May 20, 2007. I'd appreciate if you faved this instead of the original.
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My second attempt to do a portrait. This time the beautiful Marilyn Monroe got the honour. I'm so happy with the results.

Photo used as reference.

Please, feel free to give comments and critiques.

Made in Photoshop CS2 with a wacom tablet.
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Here is one of my most recent drawings. Marilyn has been a favorite of mine for many years, this is I believe the 10th portrait I've done of her, I tried to give her lots of light and a soft dreamy look. Thank you for stopping in to have a look. ~Linda
PS:I framed this one and it's now hanging in my home where it will stay.

18 x 24 inches
Smooth Bristol
3b Mechanical, B and H Graphite
Blending sticks/stumps
Plain tissue
70+hours

Reference Photo by Milton H. Greene
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I drew this portrait last year, over the years I have drawn many of Marilyn for fun and practice. The reference photo is from the Milton H. Green collection, since drawing this one I contacted Joshua Green (Milton H. Greens son) and he gave me permission to display the portrait... on the net I'm only allowed to post a small image of this one so I decided to chop it instead of posting the full pose.

Graphite pencil
11 x 14 Bristol

~Linda
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Hi there, I drew this one for fun, Monroe has always been a favorite of mine. It's the biggest one I have done of her and it's a much younger Marilyn. I will post the wip soon and try and get a goood scan, the digital pic isn't the best. ~Linda

19 x 24 inch Vellum Bristol
2b mech and black Ebony pencils
Blending sticks and tissue
30+ hrs (6 days) edit: 80 hrs total

EDIT:
Wow thank you to all of you that took the time to comment, so many wonderful words, I want you to know I read every single comment, I don't think I will be able to reply back to you all, but know I read all and thank you very much!! :hug:

Oh and I should have said this is Norma Jean moments before becoming Marilyn. :)

Edit: I found out the reference photo was by Laszlo Willinger and since then I contacted the copyright owner Edward Weston and I now have full rights....If anyone is interested this Marilyn portrait is for sale, email me: 1995imaginee@midtel.net

Her hair does look goood, but I didn't get to detail with it, my main focus was the expression on her face and those bright young eyes of hers...I do plan to draw another of Marilyn, just not to sure which photo to render.

To all of you that feel you will never be able to draw like this, well think again my friends, 6 years ago I drew a few Marilyn Monroes and they look nothing like this, I mean nothing. I will post one of them in scraps for you to see what practice, patience, the right tools (paper, pencils, etc), learning from other artists and last but not least believing in yourself can do. Hey if I can do it you can too... :nod:
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Sorry for not having submitted other stages of this portrait but I've been really busy and didn't have time to stop and scan it during the last part of the process.
So, here she is: Marilyn Monroe!

I've seen many people here chosen her as a model for a portrait, it wasn't my intention to go with the wave but I had to choose two portraits for a small exhibition in town and I knew that my style has changed a bit after Mariah Carey's portrait so I wanted to show something new and I decided to draw a well known and loved face. So, Mariah and Marilyn will take part of the exhibition! :excited:

The exhibition starts today and it will last 2 weeks. I finished to draw Marilyn at 2.45 a.m.
I was exhausted so, if you see something "wrong" please be kind ^^;

Available "download" for full size (slightly bigger).

* Staedtler Clutch pencils (HB and 2B leads)
* Derwent 3H wooden graphite pencil
* Cretacolor 4B graphite stick
* Faber-Castell black watercolor pencil
* Arches hot-press watercolor paper

Size: 31x41cm (12"x16")

WIP's and Close-up's can be found in my scraps.
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Here it is! My portrait of the beautiful Jennifer Garner!!!

It took so much time to be finished because of me being very busy during the last two years, but now it's done!
It will participate to an exhibition in town in a few days.. that really motivated me to finish it in a couple of hours!!! LOL

I hope you like it!

* Staedtler Clutch pencils (HB, 2B and 4B leads)
* Black watercolor pencil
* Arches hot-press watercolor paper

size: 31x41cm (12"x16")

Close-up's can be found in my scraps: [link]
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The long journey is over LOL!
Here she is.. my portrait of Mariah Carey is finally done.

I really have to thank so much everyone who's been close to me during this experience and everyone who left a comment on the several steps I submitted here on deviantart.

I've learned a lot drawing this portrait, its style is close to my previous portraits of course, but I feel I'm moving towards a more realistic result. I don't know if the process will go on this way, it just happened.. maybe my next portrait will be more simple and hopefully faster! ahah! ;)

Well.. we'll see.. :P

* reference picture from www.mariahdaily.com
* close-up's and WIP's in my scraps

* Derwent graphite pencils (from 3H to 5B)
* Staedtler Clutch pencils (HB and 2B leads)
* Faber-Castell black watercolor pencil
* Arches hot-press watercolor paper

size: 31x41cm (12"x16")

Edit: I made just a few small changes in the last part of hair I drew.. There were a few details I didn't like. I have sprayed fixative, no more changes will be done.
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My first Marilyn Monroe portrait, cos every artist needs one right? This one isn't insanely detailed as I had to work from a very low quality reference that I couldn't do much about but I'm pleased with the result, having not drawn blonde hair a while I forgot how difficult and time consuming it was.

8x8 Smooth Paper
2H-7B
16 Hours
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This is by far the longest piece of drawing yet. I decided to spend longer on this since I haven't worked on Bristol Board for a long time and I wanna ease myself back into it and I'm really proud of some areas (teeth, eyes and eyebrows)

With everything that's happened with Cheryl lately I just wanted to draw something that focused mainly on her face and her smile, that's all I'm gonna say. :)

A4 Bristol Board
12-14 hours
2H-7B Graphite
4B Mechanical Pencil
Blending Sticks
Kneaded Eraser
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My first ever A3 piece. This took me over 2 months, a lot of work and I only got the hang of it half way through. The shading was extremely difficult to control over such a large surface area so not everything is the best, especially the mesh glove, it was just too much for me.

A3 Catridge Paper
40+ hours
2B+7B

UPDATE: I got this drawing signed on 24th February 2012 and Cheryl was once again blown out of the water by it, you can see a photo of Cheryl holding it here: [link]
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It's funny, I've always been somewhat intimidated to draw Marilyn Monroe. I think because her persona was so much larger than life that anything I could attempt to draw would just fall very short of capturing her. Silly, I know.
But since I'm always trying to challenge myself and I've lately been on a Hollywood glamour kick it seemed like a good time to draw her.
A very challenging drawing, hope I did her justice.

11 x 14 in Bristol plate. Graphite pencils H - 9B

Thanks for viewing, comments are always appreciated!
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I wasn't happy with the original submission so I rescanned the drawing. I started playing around with cropping the original and kind of liked this one.

Full drawing is here: [link]
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This is a drawing from a photo of a young Lana Turner. This was a fun exercise and I'm inspired to draw some more famous Hollywood actresses.

This is a different technique for me as I used mainly a 4B and a 6B pencil for this drawing. I tend to stick to the H series which give greater detail but take much longer to complete. I enjoyed the high contrast values the B's provided and I will do some more pics with these.

4B, 6B Staedtler pencils and an HB mechanical pencil for some details. 11 x 14 in bristol plate.

Thanks for viewing, comments are appreciated!
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"It's all make believe, isn't it?"
~ Marilyn Monroe


Another portrait of the lovely Marilyn. It looks far better in reality (stupid scanner has mucked up the hair!). I'm particularly pleased with the necklace. :)

~14 hours roughly
~H, 2B, 4B and 7B pencils
~Tissue and stump

Thanks for looking!
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Norma Jean before her Marilyn days

This is on A2 so is much much bigger than I usually draw portraits. I haven't drawn in such a long while that I wanted to do something big!

Thanks for looking :)

Work in Progress


Note: Due to size this is a photo of the drawing, and the best I could manage, so forgive any blurry parts!
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I spent about 15 hours on this, and my scanner has decided to destroy it by completely ruining the tones and making it insanely grainy. So it doesn't look as polished as it does in person, and yet I'm still quite pleased with it!

Used B, 2B, 4B and 9B pencils
Stump and tissue
Ordinary cartridge paper
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I know many ppl on DA tried and drew Monroe...and I did too but I'm not 100% satisfied with the outcome bcz I was in hurry when it came to hair...more patience was needed anyway I'll come up with a better version of her later... thank you
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No word is necessary to describe her.. America's top sex symbol in Hollywood history .. i have a lot of ref photo of her to draw from,, but i chose this one which shows her true beauty and the glamor in an upward angle.. the blond hair is a lot harder to achieve than the darker hair.. so a lot of erasing job was needed than actual pencil stroke on her hair..so this is my 11th FINALLY!! I only have one more to go.. but can't decide on which one.. I have Julie Andrews from The Sound of the Music and Sophia Loren in my mind.. if you have any suggestion let me know.. thank you! the size is 15inX19in and the Vellum bristol board I use for the paper..
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The most beautiful actress in the Hollywood history as I remember is done.. sorry for putting no WIPs this time.. she has a very glamorous look compared to my other series in this project.. getting the smile right and the subtle tone change in the facial muscles were not easy and didn't know what to do with the background this time.. but am pretty happy with the outcome... thanks for watching again... for the close up of her face [link]
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Gene Tierney is one of the first actresses I knew I wanted to draw when I thought of doing a bunch of classic Hollywood portraits. The reference I used for this is far from being my favorite picture of her, but I knew it would translate nicely into a drawing. I had a lot of fun with this (although, like always, I underestimated the difficulty of the ref) and she is now officially on my growing list of people I will have to draw again. I got a little reading lamp for now that substitutes quite well as a drafting lamp. I felt like I was making good progress on this and I’m pretty sure it came down to having sufficient lighting – I’m not sure why it never occurred to me before. I thought my biggest challenge with this would be trying to make her skin texture look subtle, even, and soft, as my last few portraits seemed to have me in the habit of sort of doing the opposite. Instead it was the hair that gave me the most headache and slowed me down. And I had a little trouble in the end getting my signature to show up (you can see it, right?). Worth the frustration, though. (:


Mechanical #2 pencil, 6B pencil, q-tips, Kleenex, and white vinyl eraser on 19” X 24” bristol paper.

Time: Woah, probably around the 40 hour mark, most likely higher. I spent a lot of time messing up on things and having to rework them. =P
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I finished this ages ago, it seems. I didn’t get around to posting it because I had such difficulty getting a good quality digital copy of it. That is why there’s been such a lengthy delay between drawings.

On to the drawing now - Elizabeth needs no introduction. I loved this reference. I wasn’t mad about having to draw the flower and I initially thought it was an eyesore. Liz is already gorgeous and we all know she doesn’t need a huge flower beside her face to help her out. But I’m glad I sucked it up and stuck to the reference. I think the obvious point is that she outshines the flower and makes it look superfluous. I may draw Ms. Taylor again sometime – it goes without saying that she’s an enjoyable subject. Although her eyes are usually her most celebrated feature, I found her subtle smile to be her most intriguing.

I tried a few new things on this that I had just briefly experimented with on my last drawing, specifically on the skin. My usual shading technique wasn’t giving the effect I wanted, so I decided it was time to try a slightly different approach. I also used hints of 5B pencil for the first time (the hair is predominantly 5B – very new to me – so go easy on it). It was a real learning experience. I hope my experimentation didn’t hinder the picture, as sometimes I really felt that I didn’t know what I was doing. Still, I enjoyed this so much that I’m satisfied with the experience either way.

0.7 mm mechanical pencil, 5B pencil, and a white vinyl eraser on 19” X 24” bristol paper (the last picture was also 19” X 24”. I didn’t realize until a short while ago that I was off one inch).
Q-tips and Kleenex were used in parts.
The reference is from the very handy Doctormacro.com.
I'd say it took a little over 30 hours.
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Bette Davis is my favorite actress and when I saw the reference for this I had to try it. I love that she’s looking away yet her eyes are still so gripping as if she were staring straight into the camera. Also, I like that you can see the natural shape of her lips, which was usually obscured by the way she wore her lipstick. I spent forever working on this but I so enjoyed taking my time with it. First time doing pearls – I think they look more like pebbles, but it’s not horrible. Oddly, this is also the first time in ages that I can recall doing light hair, which is so much more complicated than dark hair!

For this one I used #2 pencils, 6B-8B pencils, a white vinyl eraser, q-tips, and kleenex.
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