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Topic: Marilyn Monroe, "Seduced by a Good book"  (Read 704 times)
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« on: April 16, 2013 08:06:56 AM »



14x17 graphite drawing of Marilyn Monroe. I was searching for inspiration by looking for women reading, and was happily surprised by how many were of Marilyn! I may just do an entire series of her reading, or of people reading in general. My favorite part, and the most challenging, was the books on the shelf behind her. I felt like I was in a library as I worked on it, and kept wanting to whisper!

I am going to use a local business to make prints of this, I think it would also make a very cute and fitting bookmark!

What should I draw next?
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2013 09:32:59 AM »

Interesting to note that the book she is reading is by Arthur Miller... wasn't she married to him at one point?

Lovely work!
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2013 10:08:28 AM »

 Beautifully done and yes, I think it would be an amazing bookmark when shrunk.
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2013 10:19:11 AM »

I love that you are portraying Marilyn so differently than the usual skirt flying in the air image!  Beautiful drawing and yes it is awesome that she is reading an Arthur Miller book (they indeed were married for a bit) Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2013 10:23:21 AM »

Thank you! I wasn't aware of them being married, how cute that she was reading his book!

I know she was concerned about not being just a sex symbol, and I wanted to honor that in which pic I drew. I almost titled it "Gentlemen Prefer Brains!"
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2013 10:42:59 AM »

I love the alternate title Smiley  In fact that would be an awesome series of all the "bombshell babes" of the day!
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2013 04:29:22 PM »

Very impressive! I'm sure the books were rather challenging and time consuming!
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2013 06:19:17 PM »

Very impressive! I'm sure the books were rather challenging and time consuming!

Thank you! I spent about 2 days on this, working during my 10 month old's naps, and the first day I exclusively worked on the books. It got almost zen-like once I got into it, and I am most happy that looking back now

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I love the alternate title Smiley  In fact that would be an awesome series of all the "bombshell babes" of the day!

I think I will do just that!
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