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Karen, Sweet Karen

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Got a new moleskine for "quickies" and experiments.

Brooke Shields as Karen from the underrated 70s film Alice, Sweet Alice.

I'll probably have to follow-up with another sketch of Paula Sheppard, the titular Alice sometime (can't believe she was 19 then who passed for a 12-year-old!).

Thoughts on the film:

I always remembered seeing a VHS of this film during frequent trips to the video store (when such stores were a thing; shit, I feel old!). The back of the box, in particular, always resonated with me. However, I never bothered to ask my dad (I was little then) to rent it for me. It's amazing to rediscover it now. It really deserves to be a classic and I enjoy it more than Don't Look Now (1973, a visually pretty film that Alice was directly inspired by, especially the use of similar coats as a recurring motif to fool the viewer
—red coats in Don't Look for the protagonist's deceased daughter and his vision of the little person he believes to be his daughter and yellow in Alice's case, worn by Alice and her [SPOILER! murdered] sister Karen as well as the knife-wielder people believe to be Alice (and if you were to have seen Don't Look first, the reveal of Alice may be obvious as it's nearly the same, though the narrative of the latter still works).

Though not perfect, most of everything about this film is done right (writing, directing, acting, cinematography and music) and despite that it's technically packaged as a slasher (and was re-marketed as a Brooke Shields film after Pretty Baby, making it seem like she played the lead), it's somehow tamer than other films of its era like The Last House on the Left (1972) or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). Finally, Alice will never leave your psyche and many questions remain unanswered. [SPOILER! Even though the identity of the knife-wielder is unmasked, did Alice, in truth murder Karen or was it "the other"? Alice may have been proven innocent in the accusation that she stabbed her aunt, though by the closing shot, she still comes across as being a very disturbed young girl not incapable of cruelty and many other earlier incidents in the story support this.] Anyhow, if you haven't seen it, go watch it. It's notably ideal in the its creep factor for lovers of horror and suspense.

Media:
German Faber-Castell pastel pencils, graphite, charcoal and some soft pastels
Time: Approx. a half hr.




Alice, Sweet Alice © 1976 Allied Artists
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© 2017 J.D. Night Ghobhadi
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Image size
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IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D3100
Shutter Speed
10/8000 second
Aperture
F/5.3
Focal Length
40 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Jul 14, 2017, 7:52:29 PM
Software
Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer 6.1.7600.16385
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wow, nice work, nice shadowing!
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Thank you!
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Your style is awesome.
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Thank you!
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FLAWLESS :D (Big Grin)
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Thank you!
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Queen-AsanteHobbyist General Artist
Hypnotic.
Such a fierce stare. The outfit is awesome, and I love seeing a dash of bright colour over an otherwise ''black and white'' sketch. XD Always will.
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Thank you, as always, love. This means a lot. The aesthetic of the film is really quite something. The minute I saw that yellow dress, I absolutely fell in love with it. The 70s were literally the best when it came to fashion. ;)
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The '70s were the best when it came to film as well.
Perhaps the last golden age of film, considered by many film historians.
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Definitely agree on that.

Happy belated birthday, by the way.
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Aw thank you. :)
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SonnyWortzikHobbyist Digital Artist
Would love to give you a critique ... but everything looks perfect ...I guess my critique is awsome drawing ....How long did it take to get the hair like that?
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JDNightStudent Filmographer
Thank you!

Nah, it's fine. General comments will do. ;) It didn't take me long, actually. About a half hour? (I'm guessing; I didn't accurately time myself.) This is much looser and less detailed than what I normally do. It didn't hurt to try something different, though.
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Her eyes are soo intense... Love this..I love the hair, pose, and intense facial expression <3
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Thank you!
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victoriaxraveProfessional Photographer
Don't make her angry! Holy cow!
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Haha, well, her sis is a bitch. That probably accounts for it.
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Sarahfina-RoseStudent Filmographer
Her hair is so cool! It's striking and so is the figure. Also, excellent colour sepia-ish tones. The bright green eyes really pop out against the cream background. (And yes, I did see that film.)
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JDNightStudent Filmographer
Hey, thanksss...

Yeah, it's not for everyone, admittedly. But you don't find horror films like this anymore.
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on-the-jasmine-windStudent Filmographer
This is just........
I don't even have words for this.....
Is just that your just so talented. :D (Big Grin)
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Aw, thank you, lovely!
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