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Silent film star Gloria Swanson. An early superstar but is probably now best know for her over the top role in Sunset Boulevard as the insane Norma Desmond.

9x12 inch Bristol plate. Graphite and mechanical pencils 4H - 6B

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:icondmkozicka:
dmkozicka Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful and original portrait ! I like this drawing very much ! :) (Smile) Heart 
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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dragonux Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is so amazing! I love the textures, etc. :) Thanks for sharing this. :D
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Mariannaeva Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Beautiful work!
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:iconramikin:
ramikin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Student General Artist
It's fantasticaly unfair that freaks like you exist out there. This is stunning. :|
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconmollinda:
Mollinda Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010   Traditional Artist
Your art has been featured here [link] :peace:
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:iconhalfway-twixt:
Halfway-Twixt Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
It must be witchcraft! :wow:
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will not divulge my secrets! :D
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FaithHopeAndLOVE Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Student General Artist
:heart:
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:iconinayaart:
inayaART Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
beautiful
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:iconlelecr:
lelecr Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
you give such a good impression on the hair. you can feel the movement, the volume. i´m stunned!
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconthecriccy:
TheCriccy Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Wonderful!!
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmartaddios:
Martaddios Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
A-MA-ZING!
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconmartaddios:
Martaddios Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome
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:icontriluna:
Triluna Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
I love the pose and the lightfall on the hair! Spendid!
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wow! Gloria Swanson. The likeness is uncanny. You picked the perfect reference, because I always thought she had a noteworthy profile. The way you handle light, contrast, and detail - especially in this drawing - is simply breathtaking.
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's a fascinating subject, worthy of future projects. Thank you for the kind words! :)
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
You're most welcome! Looking forward to them. (:
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Igorxxx70 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Nice upper right hair
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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elspethmac Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Really stunning work Micheal.. as always. :D
I love her hair, each stroke both light and dark really shows and gives the feeling of movement and depth. The depth and texture to her coat makes it looks almost as though it could be stroked.
I also really like the pose you chose, it shows a sense of despair or helplessness.
Wonderful work. :love:
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's funny, the coat ended up being the most time consuming aspect of this picture. The paper I had chosen has such a smooth finish that I had to create texture where there was none! This involved countless small strokes with a mechanical pencil (like drawing terrier fur:lol:).
Thanks for the great critique! :)
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elspethmac Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Argh terrier fur.. don't mention that.
I've been trying to do a portrait of my Dad's late jr terrier and the coat has been driving me nuts! :x
You have my sympathies.. some things seem to be difficult and time consuming no matter what media we choose to do them in. :D
And you are more than welcome - it was a pleasure to view and critique.
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Anna999 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! :heart:
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really beautiful. I love how you show the light coming from both sides, that spot of light in her hair is etherial. It draws your eye and lets you travel around the page. Extraordinary for pencil work!
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mwford Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't take credit for the composition as this was drawn from a vintage photo (wish I knew who the photographer was :() but I will thank you for your pencil work compliment! :)
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome and I disagree about taking credit for the composition. Just because it was in the reference photo, you still have to have the skill to know how to put it on paper. I think a lesser artist would have toned it down or left it out all together. It's these decisions on how you interpret the materials you use that separate good artists from great ones. and this is a great job!
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Cid-Moreira12 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful! Amazing! *-*
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Herebellama Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful :)
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconherebellama:
Herebellama Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome
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SamanthaLenore Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning. I am always impressed by your work.
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SamanthaLenore Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are most welcome. :)
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TortuousThrenody Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful .. great work on the fur :heart:
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, it was a difficult texture to create on smooth paper! :)
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TortuousThrenody Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I can imagine .. you did great though! Looking forward to seeing more work from you :heart:
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woow this is insanely beautiful, I absolutely love it! I didn't know this star, but do know Norma Desmond. I probably have to watch one of those silent films. Superb work on the hair and shading, truly, it looks so soft and delicate... :clap:
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The silent films can be fun to watch just to see all the exaggerated facial expressions! The stories can be somewhat dated but nevertheless entertaining.:) Thanks!
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh haha, sounds cool! And yeah, being silent, I figure they have to exaggerate their expressions. Just like in theatre plays their voices are higher and all. Thanks for the recommendation. :)
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Testorshia Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
I'm amazed at the detail of her hair, and if I stare at it long enough I'd find many more things to be amazed at :D Great job
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, the hair was fun to draw! :D
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