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Marilyn Monroe by Nancy Speaker, QPSA

March 2020 - Marilyn Monroe

March 2020 - Nancy Speaker, QPSA


About the Image(s)

My image this month is again of Kalinda Gray as Marilyn Monroe. She wanted to have images of this new dress. She just finished a video that will play in the background of the bar on the Queen Mary Event Ship in Long Beach harbor. She was pretty excited about this. It is amazing how she has studied so carefully the mannerisms of Marilyn and in fact all of her characters. We find this so interesting to see how her mannerisms and language along with her tone change with each character costume change.
Painted again with the PS Mixer Brush and Michelle Parsley’s brushes. The steps I take is make a selection with PS, do the PS editing first and then paint. This time I had to do a bit of skin work around the left and right underarm in PS. The background was all handprinted too.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
4 comments posted

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
Love, love, love this!!! The background lighting perfectly matches the lighting on Marilyn. The brush strokes on her hair are exquisite. The "simplification" of the dress is stunning; and now, by eliminating the glittery detail, the dress is actually sexier. The highlights and shadows of the dress are excellent. Additionally, all the lines of the dress lead me right to Marilyn's face. It was a great decision to keep many of the edges on the lighted side intact and then subdue and break the edges on the dark side of the image. You, Kalinda (and Michelle) have a lot to be proud of.   Posted: 03/10/2020 08:24:41

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Ditto Cindy. Excellent transformation and the lighting contrast is well done. Good circular motion within the image.   Posted: 03/10/2020 08:45:08

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Thank you Cindy and Trey.   Posted: 03/19/2020 14:34:39

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Kalinda certainly captured the gestures of Marilyn in this. You did a masterful job with the softening lines of her flowing gown. The seductive lighting and finished background add a lot to the final painting. So well done, Nancy. Can't wait to see what you come up with in the coming months.   Posted: 03/26/2020 16:39:21