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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

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:

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!!!!
Blue-Midnight-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks realistic! Keep up the awesome work!
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 
AliceArien Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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!
racsoallen Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
A true masterpiece, Linda! Thank you for such a wonderful piece!! 
Chicoandpaco1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So good!:o
ShawnaBoo12 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
This is so beautiful!!!!!!!
joaovictorbastos Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

quetristevida Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Magnificent work!!
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