Hello Craftsters! It's been SO LONG since I've posted!
This is my newest obsession: Louise Brooks. She was a silent film star from the 20s, a roaring twenties "bad" girl in hollywood that ended up making two beautiful films with Pabst in Berlin. She was a dancer, an actor, an icon and (I believe) the most compelling and addictively watchable actress I've ever seen.
So, I wanted to paint her. And I began experiementing with Acrylics in December, when I painted cartoon characters for my siblings. I haven't had formal training at all--and I haven't taken an art class since high school. This means I'm not the greatest painter or drawer, and I kind of cheat by enlarging the pictures I wanted to paint by drawing a grid over the original, and then enlarging it using a grid I've drawn on the canvas.
For the last painting, I completely cheated (because I wanted to get to painting her, fast!!), by using a pencil to blacken the backside of the picture, and then tracing over the front.
This was the first, and it seemed to come out of me without almost any assistance, LOL!! It took two days.
This was the second one. I used dollar-store quality gold paint to make her POP! As you can see, the hands are awful, but I really like her face. I also confess that I don't think I could paint anything this good in colour. I changed the picure on the cover of the magazine to show a early early 20th C starlett, and then contrast her with the quintessential Flapper and Icon that is Louise Brooks
This is the last one, with Brooks looking like a Byzantine Icon.
I think this might be my favorite in a way.
I'm working on another one as we speak--questions and comments aren't just welcomed, they're NEEDED! Please help me to improve my painting!!!!