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Marilyn Monroe

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Published: September 24, 2005
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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

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:

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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cdudley25Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So amazing!! Love it!!
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Holly! Amazing quality
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diniaraHobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! Would you mind looking over my work? I do portraits as well and really won’t like to get better. The most recent one I’ve drawn was two days ago, Karrueche Tran.
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This is gorgeous
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You did an excellent job. so reailistic. don't sweat the hair detail looks just fine. some times to much is to much. she must be bigger then life size or close anyway.  Have you noticed that it's easier to draw bigger?
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David hockney portraits for you…
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OH MY GOD. I don't get how that's even possible. It is SO GOOD. 
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This must be perfect. How can it be better
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UnderherdarkveilProfessional Artist
wow this is excellent!!!!
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inspirational and what you said about this masterpiece was interesting to read. Marilyn herself would be so proud of you if she seen this :)
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Nami00KawakuroStudent General Artist
wow!!! this is stunning!!!!
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Blue-Midnight-AngelHobbyist Digital Artist
It looks realistic! Keep up the awesome work!
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FANTASTIC! Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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This is amazing! :D can't wait when I'm able to draw this awesome haha!
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A true masterpiece, Linda! Thank you for such a wonderful piece!! 
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So good!:o
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This is so beautiful!!!!!!!
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Beautiful !
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