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Marilyn Monroe by ElvesAteMyRamen Marilyn Monroe by ElvesAteMyRamen
This was a drawing that I was paid to do. All the person asked me was it to be of Marilyn Monroe and that it didn't matter how I drew her, as long as her lips were red. So, this is the result! I'm happy to say that he was very pleased with it. I decided to do this portrait on gray paper because I thought by using the white highlights, it would show the classic beauty of Marilyn. I used prismacolor colored pencils on the lips using 3 shades of red and then using graphite pencil to bring out the darks. The rest of the portrait was done using graphite pencil and white charcoal.
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:iconlovelyangel2006:
lovelyangel2006 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
I really love this :) amazing work :D
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fillesu96 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing i love it :)
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The--Kyza Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!
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DepressionMoon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Did you really draw this?
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:icontressiaecks:
tressiaecks Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Absolutey stunning!
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SophiaDahlen Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart::boogie::boogie::boogie::flirty:
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Polders82 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Wow this is great work I like the buyers idea, very retro, what do you think of mine honest verdict, want some opinions
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art-is-immortal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Very nice. I love the idea of the red lips - makes everything look even better
great work!
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DrAma-QuEeN14 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
wow omg how long did it take 2 draw like tht!
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carlotta-guidicelli Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This is wicked awesome, I love the way the grey paper adds to it. And I love to see people that don't care about having grain in their drawings for once :P
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RedLipsOfNormaJean Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
i love it.
though this is ironic.
lol.
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:iconros78:
ros78 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008   Digital Artist
cool! you like my version? [link]
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MariahEmancipation Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
Ooooooh very nice! I love the texture.
I'll bet you were paid a lot of money to do this piece! :D
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:iconitbekira:
itbekira Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
Fabulous, the red lips make it even better.
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:iconluckynluv:
luckynluv Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008   Photographer
BEAUTIFUL!!!
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WarholaStJames Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
Marilyn Monroe is my idol.

I love the red lips, they look great on the grayscale!
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jussta Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that this great deviation was choosen to be featured in the new Fridaylicious article about Marilyn :) Hope you don't mind.
To read the article click here: [link]
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agrajagthetesty Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
Words cannot express how much I love your work. You are a fantastic artist. This piece is really striking and subtle, and all the shading is beautifully done. The realism, for lack of a better expression, owns my soul. You are just amazing. :heart:
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stacey-woo-x Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
i really like the red lipe being the only colour in the picture.
it looks almost like a photo.
i'm jealous of you.
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:iconhavannalivi:
havannalivi Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007
:slow: it's awsome !!!! great job it's looks like a picture:+fav:
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Super-Pear Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006
Wow! Marilyn looks gorgeious in this picture, and the red lips is a good touch. I love it.
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xCookiesAreGoodx Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006
i love that only the lips are colored, its so pretty, great work =)
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LadyPakter4life Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006
I didn't realize how popular a subject marilyn monroe was on this site!

This is defiantely one of the best ones! You are awesome!!!!!!
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16stepper Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2006
Fabulous pencil work!
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ElvesAteMyRamen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!
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:icon16stepper:
16stepper Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2006
You are most welcome! :D
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bennettua Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005
I take it you're a Marilyn fan! I have the Marilyn Encyclopedia, if you don't have it, pick it up, it's great! You would like this piece: [link] It's a b&w drawing of MM.
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Kartoffelkopf Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2005
Ohh yeaahh!
That's how it's done! :kiss:
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koop72 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005
amazing pencil work your photorealistic style totally captures not only her features but how she looks. great wprk im faving (found it in the marilyn monroe club and tracked you down)
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ElvesAteMyRamen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! Yes, she was fun to draw...she's a classic beauty!
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koop72 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2005
your welcome...i bet she is fun to draw...i dont like drawing real people 'cause then it actually gets compared to the person :p..
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ElvesAteMyRamen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2005  Professional General Artist
You're very right...when it comes to drawing someone people recognize...if you make a mistake...boy do people nail you on it! Or sometimes if you get something just barely off, they'll say something like, "there's something not quite right here." So yeah, it's tough! But that's what makes it fun!
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koop72 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2005
well your good at it so now worries!
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Yelelove Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004
Wow !
It's goooooooooood !!!
:floating:
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ShamelessDoodler Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2004
Classic and gorgeous.. Marilyn is one of my idols, and this is very pretty! :heart:
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gothic-freak Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
wow, you did an awesome job on her ^_^ hay, arent you on the otaku? lol well anywho nice job, you have a wonderful gallery here ^_^
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ElvesAteMyRamen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot! Why yes, I am on Otaku! Are you? You recognize the name, huh? Heehee...I hope to see you around again sometime!
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gothic-freak Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004
welcome ^_^ yeah im Gemini on the otaku ^_^... haha i saw your sn, and was like heey... lol ^_^
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ElvesAteMyRamen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2004  Professional General Artist
Haha! Yeah, my name is easily recognized. ;-) I'll be sure and scope you out on Otaku too!
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gothic-freak Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2004
^_^ okays
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RachelYork Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004
:omfg: I LOVE IT!! As as huge Marilyn fan, I am happy that u drew her, my Gosh, it looks like a photo.
Whoa! :clap: Definitely another :+fav:
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ElvesAteMyRamen Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2004  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I didn't know you were a Marilyn fan! Glad it passed the test! :-)
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chibi-Rikku Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2004
wow! thats amazing! @_@ you did so good! :clap: i really like it!
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:iconelvesatemyramen:
ElvesAteMyRamen Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2004  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Glad you like this one too even though it's not Inuyasha-based! :-)
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chibi-Rikku Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2004
lol. i like more then anime! ....and sexy.....*lol*
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:iconelvesatemyramen:
ElvesAteMyRamen Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2004  Professional General Artist
LOL! Well, that's good!
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BleedingRoseEbony Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
:listens to 'HOME' by Three Days Grace: I like the red lips, because if the person wanted them red having the that be only colour of the picture really brings it out. i have no idea how you can draw realism like you do. and i love the grey paper with the white and black shading, it really helps the picture... it looks almost like it was a black and white picture that went through the computer graphics to just bring forth her lips... this is so beautiful
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ElvesAteMyRamen Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2004  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! Yes, the lips are the part that stands out the most...which I don't think is a bad thing either! I'm glad you like the use of the gray paper too..I thought that would bring out the classy Marilyn a bit more. :-)
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loveorhate Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2004
hey thats real good..like it alot but although the picture was requested to have red lips it kinda sticks out cause the rest was done in grey and black colors. If he wanted red lips, adding color to the picture would of made it alot better I think but i still enjoy your pictures. AS ALWAYS...Nice job with it though. Really realistic lookin!
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