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Marilyn Monroe by imaginee Marilyn Monroe by imaginee
Hi there, I drew this one for fun, Monroe has always been a favorite of mine. It's the biggest one I have done of her and it's a much younger Marilyn. I will post the wip soon and try and get a goood scan, the digital pic isn't the best. ~Linda

19 x 24 inch Vellum Bristol
2b mech and black Ebony pencils
Blending sticks and tissue
30+ hrs (6 days) edit: 80 hrs total

EDIT:
Wow thank you to all of you that took the time to comment, so many wonderful words, I want you to know I read every single comment, I don't think I will be able to reply back to you all, but know I read all and thank you very much!! :hug:

Oh and I should have said this is Norma Jean moments before becoming Marilyn. :)

Edit: I found out the reference photo was by Laszlo Willinger and since then I contacted the copyright owner Edward Weston and I now have full rights....If anyone is interested this Marilyn portrait is for sale, email me: 1995imaginee@midtel.net

Her hair does look goood, but I didn't get to detail with it, my main focus was the expression on her face and those bright young eyes of hers...I do plan to draw another of Marilyn, just not to sure which photo to render.

To all of you that feel you will never be able to draw like this, well think again my friends, 6 years ago I drew a few Marilyn Monroes and they look nothing like this, I mean nothing. I will post one of them in scraps for you to see what practice, patience, the right tools (paper, pencils, etc), learning from other artists and last but not least believing in yourself can do. Hey if I can do it you can too... :nod:
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Nami00Kawakuro Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student General Artist
wow!!! this is stunning!!!!
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Blue-Midnight-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks realistic! Keep up the awesome work!
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svetliaciok Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FANTASTIC! Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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AliceArien Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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BiancaFiellice Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! :D can't wait when I'm able to draw this awesome haha!
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racsoallen Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
A true masterpiece, Linda! Thank you for such a wonderful piece!! 
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Chicoandpaco1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
So good!:o
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ShawnaBoo12 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
This is so beautiful!!!!!!!
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joaovictorbastos Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
AMAZING!!!!!!

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quetristevida Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Magnificent work!!
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:iconizzylilan:
izzylilan Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful !
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Jojemo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful pencil work, Linda.  :iconchickadeeplz:
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RebeccaJonesArt Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing
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BibianosArt Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect!! one of the most beaultiful art pieces i have ever seen!
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:iconchontellegg:
Chontellegg Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Absolutely beautiful work! So in love with your work! :)
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aoifequinn Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi can you tell me where I can find a copy of the original photo I can only find really pixelated photos :-/
Any help would be appreciated :-)
Nicky
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xllDylanllx Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I'm being serious right now. Can I buy the original from you?
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KaoriBlue Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Beautiful
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KoopalingLuver11 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Marilyn is such an inspiration to me, she has curves and young spark that I admire, and you captured that perfectly!
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nadir-dragon-king Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Hey I made a "Fan art" I think of this picture I think D: but im a noob here actually D: soo can you tell me how can i give you creddit or something like that.... Sorry for my bad english D:
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RachelTheNinja Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Soooo Unbelievable. wow its amazing! i hope i can get as good as this one day :) x
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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Iron-Goddess Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Amazing job!
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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art-imaginations Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I admire your creativity!!!
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If you like Marilyn Monroe check my art
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detourhk Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I love the star and the drawing
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If you like Marilyn Monroe check my art
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image ! Beauty, charmed! Good job ![link]
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If you like Marilyn Monroe check my art
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SunshineDude Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
I fell in love with this one<3
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If you like Marilyn Monroe check my art
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SunshineDude Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
I checked it out and dude you're pretty good man!!
Did you go to art school?
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:iconnpier:
Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope going to school for marketing but thank you! my deviantart profile has some of my earlier work
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SunshineDude Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Oh snap!! Nice dude and you're welcome man.
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
sure thing If you would like to follow my blog theres a spot to add your email on it..to stay up to date with my newest work
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marmicminipark Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job, keep up the good work !!! (Thanks Linda for the encouraging words)
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If you like Marilyn Monroe check my art
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TaylanGlates Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
i miss u MM -.-
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If you like Marilyn Monroe check my art
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akmasked Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
AMAZING!
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If you like Marilyn Monroe check my art
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twiggyw Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Beautiful!!!!!
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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FERMARCAM Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
HERMOSO TRABAJO
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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carlosvelasquezart Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job! could you check mine out please. I have it on a draw this again challenge [link]
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Npier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ
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