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Topic: Louise Brooks - a Muse I can't stop painting  (Read 1278 times)
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« on: April 21, 2012 07:55:37 AM »

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. 

Painting #1

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.  Smiley  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!!!!

Adios!!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2012 08:17:44 AM »

Beautiful work! I can see why you're inspired! She was quite an icon!

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2012 08:50:15 AM »

These paintings are amazing in general, much less for someone that's never had any training. I love the last one too! Great job! I love the black and white palette too, it pops over the gold background.

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2012 09:11:07 AM »

Love the Byzantine one! Gorgeous!

« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2012 08:10:39 PM »

Great job! The more you paint, the better you'll get!

Just gotta say I got a huge kick out of you painting an "icon" as an ICON! Being Ukrainian Orthodox, I grew up surrounded by Byzantine icons, so now I'm giggling to myself about a series of paintings of pop-culture icons as Byzantine icons Tongue

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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2012 09:16:22 PM »

I adore that first one, especially.  Very good job on all of them.

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