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Elsa Lanchester - The Bride of Frankenstein

By MarkRaats

Its no secret that I struggle to draw women. Its not the likeness or poses that I generally fight with, its my primitive art technique that's at odds with the essence of everything that is feminine. This contradiction results - more often then not - in the glorious female face and her heavenly form looking as if it was carved out of Mt Rushmore as opposed to having being born of Venus. 

With this piece I was challenged to revisit the golden age of Horror Hollywood and I wanted to do my best to ensure that the Bride of Frankenstein (Elsa Lanchester) looked soft and truly womanly off-set against the craggy features of the monster. I'm not sure that I succeeded but hopefully its a step in the right direction.

Copic Markers, Prismacolor pencils and Gouache paint on grey pastel paper - 11.5 x 16.5 inches

As always, my sincerest apologies for not being able to respond to all the comments

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Mutronics's avatar

You definitely succeeded!Thumbs Up 

Per-Svanstrom's avatar
Fantastic work Mark!
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khinson's avatar
You've really captured her likeness perfectly Mark!  Great work!
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AbigailBolin's avatar
This looks absolutely wonderful! I never would have known you struggled to draw female faces if you hadn't mentioned it. This drawing is stellar!
JeremyOsborne's avatar
Really awesome job!
miguelzuppo's avatar
Came out gorgeously !
Gossamer1970's avatar
Oh my God!  A beautiful tribute to Whale's masterpiece!   
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mlh70's avatar
If you wanted to learn more about the female form, you could rent some of Russ Meyers choices in cinematography.
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Attempt To Be Cool

Amazing art!!
Encyes's avatar
What a magnificent piece.  NEVER doubt yourself, my friend!
jc021984's avatar
Captured her pretty well from where I sit! Even down to the dimple in her chin. She looks great man, keep up the good work!
SquiddRz's avatar
Can't draw women? I'd argue against that!
Deepminds06's avatar
You are your own worst critic:)  You made a wonderful creation.  Kudos to you and to Mary Shelly.  Keep art alive!
donchild's avatar
I can say with assurance that you've managed to capture the overall feminine quality of the bride (her eyes are particularly stunning). All in all it's a fantastic piece!
psycocat's avatar
I think you did fine. 
artlovr59's avatar
Oh, I think you did fine, boet! If you think it might help, maybe draw some women with automatic rifles? Try the R-1 Lady, the M-16 Lady, the Ak-47 Lady. Who knows, that might be a way? :)
TrevorGrove's avatar
SO gorgeous, Mark!!
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