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Marilyn Monroe by bigd4787
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bigd4787

(United States)
Added on September 29, 2020, 07:09 am
Colored pencils
 

  It is probably common to underestimate how much Marilyn's enduring appeal was due to who she was before she became a star. Norma Jeane Mortensen was discovered by a photographer with the U.S. Army's public relations department when she was working at a Southern California munitions factory. It led to a successful modeling career, and eventually to movie roles, securing her iconic legacy. With resolve and awareness, she did what was necessary (including changing her appearance) in order to become 'Marilyn Monroe'. But as an example of endearing charm and natural beauty, Norma Jeane didn't need to change a thing.
 

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popinonito2
popinonito2 - 4 weeks ago

:thumbup: :thumbup: :love: :love:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 4 weeks ago

:grin: :grin: :grin:

 
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didgiv
didgiv - 4 weeks ago

young Marilyn... Beautiffuly coloured :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 2 weeks ago

Many thanks Didier :grin: :whip: :grin:

 
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didgiv
didgiv - 2 weeks ago

welcome Big, I love your pin-up retro style of drawing... :hi: :hi: :hi:

 
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PenStilos
PenStilos - 4 weeks ago

:love: :love: :love: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 2 weeks ago

:grin: :whip: :grin:

 
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preissia
preissia - 4 weeks ago

amazing colors :clap: :thumbup:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much! I used a black and white photo, but her outfit was a bit 'busy' with patterns and rather distracting, so I went with solid hues. :grin: :whip: :grin: :hi:

 
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OleKobe
OleKobe - 4 weeks ago

Superb natural, relaxed Marilyn, David. Beautifully drawn and colored as always! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 2 weeks ago

An underrated actress, but she very convincingly conveyed enjoyment for posing, particularly in the early days. :grin: :whip: :grin:

 
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Mellody
Mellody - 4 weeks ago

Very charming and so wonderful :thumbup: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :blowkiss:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 2 weeks ago

That made my day! :grin: :hug: :grin:

 
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judith2
judith2 - 4 weeks ago

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: superbe

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 2 weeks ago

:grin: :whip: :grin: :hi:

 
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isabella1988
isabella1988 - 4 weeks ago

superbe travaille! surtout au niveau des couleurs! Magnifique Marilyn, je restes fan, ayant 2 gros bouquins sur elle! :roll: :kiss: :coy: :clap: :clap: :whip: :whip: :thumbup:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 2 weeks ago

Je suis très heureux et reconnaissant pour vos commentaires! :grin: :grin: :grin: :hug:

 
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isabella1988
isabella1988 - 2 weeks ago

je vous en prie :whip: :ok: :roll: :hi:

 
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claireff1
claireff1 - 4 weeks ago

beautiful :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 2 weeks ago

:grin: :blush: :grin: :whip: :grin: :hi:

 
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claireff1
claireff1 - 2 weeks ago

you're welcome :blowkiss:

 
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Tom-Heyburn
Tom-Heyburn - 4 weeks ago

Such vitality and life !! beautiful portrait. You always bring out the best in your "sitters" :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :thumbup: :thumbup:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 4 weeks ago

Many thanks Tom .. we're fortunate to have such an extensive supply of 'pre-Marilyn' photos as she was in such high demand, even very early on. :grin:

 
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Tom-Heyburn
Tom-Heyburn - 4 weeks ago

I have to say your "post-Marilyn" works are superb as well !! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 3 weeks ago

Thanks again mate .. always trying to do right by my L.A. home-girl! :grin:

 
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Tom-Heyburn
Tom-Heyburn - 3 weeks ago

...and you do... so well :ok:

 
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Vanessafari
Vanessafari - 4 weeks ago

Wonderful Norma Jeane, so natural yet you can see Marilyn in the making! Great work David! :love: :whip: :whip: :whip: :whip: :whip: :whip: :whip: :whip: :whip:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 4 weeks ago

Of all people, it was future U.S. President Ronald Reagan who sent a photographer to the plant where teenage Norma Jeane was working, hoping to find attractive subjects for military propaganda publications. Arguably (I would say, definitely) Mr. Reagan's greatest contribution to society. (Norma Jeane, not the propaganda!) :grin: :grin: :grin:

 
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Vanessafari
Vanessafari - 4 weeks ago

That was probably an accidental contribution. I think that society owes more to Mae West's influence on Marylin's "glamorous peroxide blonde" style than to Mr Reagan's propaganda ideas. Her breakthrough in the movie world also owed to the photographers who encouraged her to become a (not always dressed) model. 8-) :ok: :ok:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 3 weeks ago

Apparently the factory owner (a friend of his) informed Reagan that there were some potentially photogenic young ladies working at the plant, so good on Ron for not ignoring that tip! Pretty remarkable that MM was able to overcome the scandal of that famous calendar shoot, and even benefit from it. I have read of her fascination with Jean Harlow, whose story had some parallels with Marilyn's. :)

 
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Vanessafari
Vanessafari - 3 weeks ago

I definitely prefer Marilyn's though. :ok:

 
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Stefanosart
Stefanosart - 4 weeks ago

Gorgeous work David :love: :love: :love: :love:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 2 weeks ago

Truly appreciate that mate :whip:

 
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Stefanosart
Stefanosart - 2 weeks ago

Always my pleasure :grin:

 
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HamburgGirl
HamburgGirl - 3 weeks ago

Very beautiful! :*D: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

 
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bigd4787
bigd4787 - 2 weeks ago

I am very grateful for your comment :grin: :whip: :grin:

 

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