Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Illustration Friday - GLAMOUR


I believe that Hollywood glamour peaked in the 1940s. Ava Gardner had not only natural beauty but a mystique that I think equals true glamour.

Ebony pencil drawing.

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28 comments:

catnapping said...

oh. well done.

she was one of my dad's favorites. he prefered ms gardner to ms monroe, hands down.

Karen said...

Wow! When I first read the word glamour Ava Gardner immediately popped in my head. Great illustration. Very well done.

HARDWAX said...

very skilled drawing,she had beauty and glamour-and in her movies,there is always a mysterious shawdow in her

carla said...

Wow! Your work always impresses me. She's beautiful! You really captured her glamour and her personality. Well done, Amy:>

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pencil work - the shadings are wonderful and you have paid homage to glamour in a beautiful way!

Ellen said...

Very nice line work!

Jaimie said...

Wow. this is such a lovely and skillful drawing. Great job!

Mike Thompson said...

Hello, fellow Ebony pencil user! Hah! Actually that's probably one of my favorite tools for portrait drawing! Nice work! Very solid and confident work!

captin_amazin said...

i love the variety of having smooth soft transitions in contrast and then the looser approach in the hair

kg said...

love it when you do portraits! this one is wonderful. ava was a hottie, wasn't she?

Twisselman said...

Very wonderful illustration. I tried going in this direction with a Loretta Young, but I failed miserably and went in a totally different direction. You have succeeded oh so well. Yes, Ava... I think biographers agree that she was Frank's one true love. Nice job.

The Tart said...

Oooo la la! So vintage glam.

Smooch,
The Tart

Darla, Pencil Portrait Artist said...

Really nice. I looked at your other art too, and you have a great range of talent!

sofia3r said...

Thanks for commenting my sketch. I love your glamourous Ava Gardner!

carla said...

Hi Amy,

I use a few different kinds of markers. The fine line colors are Pigma Gelly-Roll markers. They come in all colors - I have two sets of metallic colors. I also use Pilot silver and gold metallic paint pens and Deco metallic paint pens. The Pilot and Deco pens give a really shiny effect - like leaf or foil. I just go to the art store and spend too much money trying things out! I'd love to see what you'd do with them...I think your work is so fabulous!

ValGalArt said...

I loved Ava Gardner and your illustration is perfection! She is the epitome of Glamour!!!

Anonymous said...

Very nice! Great tone and value. That border is super fun! Brandi

flossy-p said...

WOW amazing drawing!

Shano said...

I thought this was a photograph at first! Well done! Love the vintage glam!

Tiffy said...

very glamorous and realistic! great job:)

TXArtcGal said...

There is definitely nothing more glamourous than the classic film stars. When I was in college, I did a series of charcoal drawings of classic film stars myself. Yours inspired me to get back to creating more!! VERY nice!! Yours is FANTASTIC!

kan said...

She is very retro glammy! Nice drawing. Those eyes...

ONESICKINDIVIDUAL said...

stunning! awesome likeness.

Tony Sarrecchia said...

Beautiful job. You captured not only her likeness, but her essence. Great work!

shawn said...

I'm so glad i happened upon your I.F. It's a wonderful drawing!!! And I totally agree with you about your thoughts on glamour.

I really love your cat drawings, too! I think with so many names, I tend to pick names at random and miss a lot of wonderful artists!

I will keep my eyes out for more of your wonderful work!

shawn said...

I'm so glad i happened upon your I.F. It's a wonderful drawing!!! And I totally agree with you about your thoughts on glamour.

I really love your cat drawings, too! I think with so many names, I tend to pick names at random and miss a lot of wonderful artists!

I will keep my eyes out for more of your wonderful work!

Deb said...

Awesome drawing! All of your work is great --I especially like the watercolor of your cat, entitled, Tranquility. You've really captured the lighting --great painting.

Keep Creating! --and thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting about my glamorous queen.
Deb

Monkey Freak said...

I like the skech.
It's really good.