Airbrushed on Velour
This piece was my first try at the Bulgarian technique of making the faces look more plastic. It was a fun esperiment done on velour with pastels. It was sold to a private collector and is shown at museum exhibits often. Many people believe that Marilyn was a larger “plus sized” woman. Even celebrities have chimed in on Marilyn’s weight and clothing size. Available documentation verifies Marilyn’s height and weight at several different times during her life, and her first modeling contract verifies her measurements: August 2, 1945 Blue Book Modeling Agency 5’ 6”, 120lbs 36-24-34 “Size 12” August 5, 1962 LA Coroner Medical Report 5’ 5 1/25”, 117lbs While these documents suggest that her weight was a constant 117-120lbs, she was actually much heavier during the late 1950s, for example, the Some Like It Hot premiere on March 29, 1959 (below). Some have speculated she weighed close to 140 lbs at this point.
Funny story about this piece. I have never intended to ever finish this one, although many people want me to. I use it as a piece to put on my easel when people are visiting my working studio, just to show work that I can for the tour. I really liked the pose for this one of her looking over onto Manhattan smoking a cigarette, she was very iconic and wanted to display a more natural picture. Maybe someday I will finish it up. My favorite and most iconic piece, is that of Andy Warhol. Soon after her tragic death in 1962, Warhol made a series of paintings paying tribute to Marilyn Monroe, the actress, model, and singer who had captured America’s imagination in films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire. Warhol based this portrait on a publicity still from the 1953 film Niagara. He painted the background gold before silkscreening the boldly colored face in the center, adding black to show her features. Even as Warhol canonizes Monroe, he reveals her public persona as a carefully structured illusion.
Colorado had the first event in decades of a Scientific Medical Marijuana Competition amongst growers. I was prized with developing a fun looking website of our scientist on a chalkboard. I did the web design as well as the illustrations. I was also asked to attend the event as a performance artist. Click on images for larger view.
I love drawing people as well as experimenting with mediums. Pastels have always been fun for me because of how big of a mess I can make, tracking chalk all over the house and getting the fine powder all over the place. At a certain point is is nearly impossible to clean up. lol. I started drawing on Velour early in my career which allowed me to have illustrations with vivid deep color and layers and layers of pastel to achieve very cool effects. You too can order one by shooting me an email of what you would like done.