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Marilyn by mwford Marilyn by mwford
It's funny, I've always been somewhat intimidated to draw Marilyn Monroe. I think because her persona was so much larger than life that anything I could attempt to draw would just fall very short of capturing her. Silly, I know.
But since I'm always trying to challenge myself and I've lately been on a Hollywood glamour kick it seemed like a good time to draw her.
A very challenging drawing, hope I did her justice.

11 x 14 in Bristol plate. Graphite pencils H - 9B

Thanks for viewing, comments are always appreciated!
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:iconroartar:
RoArtAr Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
bello
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AquaAdopts Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Wow! So amazing!!! How did you achieve the smoothness of the skin?
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lots of shading and slight smudging.
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AquaAdopts Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Thank you!
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YALIM1907 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's a perfect drawing, glad that you drew her :) I also had in my mind to draw her sometime, but after seing your drawing, i'll probably do it sooner :)
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, and you should draw her soon. Capturing her likeness is a fun challenge.
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IsabellaTwilight Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
MM is my fave. She is difficult to capture. Nice details, on the mouth esp.
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconfillesu96:
fillesu96 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing i love it :)
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:iconlucatedde:
LucaTedde Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You captured her very well!! Well done this is a beautiful portrait of Marilyn Monroe! :clap:
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:iconsomethingstrang:
SomethingStrang Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good gawd. Marilyn is beautiful. This is amazing.
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconsomethingstrang:
SomethingStrang Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very welcome.
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BobCatD Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh Full view is really mind blowing, it does Capture Marilyn !...it has soo much detail and the texture and light ... love it !!
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know that state of mind very well, it's the best time to find yourself drawing. :)
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And I'm even more happy that I was able to inspire you!!!
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:iconbobcatd:
BobCatD Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes you did!^^ I totally love the tonalities of your drawings! Moreover, I found the peaceful moments within me to accomplish my drawings~ that special state of mind ^^
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it :)
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:iconbobcatd:
BobCatD Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Did... do ^^ your drawing have inspired me !^^ Thank You !~
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FontanaWorks Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YOU DID MARILYN MORE THAN JUST JUSTICE MY FRIEND!
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NachoPenguin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Amazing
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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SkullCupcakez Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student General Artist
i hav a monroe shirt :) nice work!
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SkullCupcakez Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student General Artist
yw
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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Mariannaeva Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Brilliant work! I love it!
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:iconartxnoa:
artxnoa Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
I draw, but not as good as this!
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Scoobidoowaaa Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
well, that is awesome
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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weegy-pop Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
this is gorgeous!! i have a question--how do you get the absolute black parts (like the background) to be so flawless? i can never achieve a shade quite so dark and smooth even when i use a 9B and it makes me wary to try drawing things with a black background, because it never seems to wok out no matter how hard i try. do you have any tips for making the black/darker shades smooth? much appreciated :)
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's a couple of things you can try to get a blacker background. I use very smooth paper so it's easier to have denser black yet I still get a sheen from the graphite so I might go over it with a soft cloth and slightly burnish it to even out the sketch marks. Afterwards, I will sometimes use a matte fixative spray to make it appear darker.
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weegy-pop Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
thank you! :)
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morticias Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beyond good!
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ElenaR Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010   Traditional Artist
Featured this in my new journal --> [link]
Hope you don't mind ;)
:heart:
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PureAljerack Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Nice!
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Gul-Kahn Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
If I didn't know this was a drawing, I'd have to second glance at it to make sure it wasn't a photo taken of her, you did magnificent on this!
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kaylinvengeance Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
wow this is gorgeous!
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Candlemagick Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Beautiful
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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CrystalOtaku Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Awesome !! Thank you !!
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NoelMel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
I love you're gallery, you are very very talented!
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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NoelMel Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Sure.
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Drew-Hagen Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Student Photographer
Very beautiful-wow!!
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Cologne4712 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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rosapastel Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow.... my congratulations.... i like too ... I also like to Marilyn, Christina Aguilera, Ariel "the little mermaid and Charlize!!!
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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DeepestShadow Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful Work , Great Shading and Detailing :) .
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