Ladies Night

I went off track today. I had a few ocean photographs that I was working on but I was distracted by my desire to illustrate / paint this woman from the past. Her name was Louise Brooks and apparently she was a young starlet in the 1920s.

I had never heard of her… and still know very little about her other than how she was depicted in the movie I watched last night on PBS called The Chaperone. It was a pretty entertaining story!

I always get curious about characters when I watch movies that are based on true stories, or inspired by true stories, so I looked her up after it was over and pulled a few photographs of her.

The 1920s attire is what made me want to illustrate her. I’ve got a few more that I’m holding onto, for when I’m in the mood to add more images to my female project. Anyway, she was only 15 years old when she went off to a dance school in New York – and she had to have a chaperone travel with her – so the story follows the adventures of both of the women.

I didn’t get too technical with the illustration, and I took it into Photoshop when I was finished and added an oil paint effect. I was going to blur her nose shadow and highlight and the shadows on the hat but I had issues with that tool and decided to leave them as is. I thought it actually looked kind of interesting that way so I’m sticking with it.

So… that’s all for now! I’m off to watch something else tonight. I never used to watch TV in my room until I finally got a TV in my room (HAHA!). Now I’m hooked.

I’ll be back again in the next few days with more images.

Until then, thanks for reading / viewing. I hope you enjoyed!!

Here’s the original image… just for kicks…

Nighty Night!


  1. I thought I’d recognized this woman.

    Being a big fan of classic old movies , I’ve seen a few Louise Brooks movies but I’ve never seen The Chaperone.

    It was on PBS last night?

    I get both PBS Detroit and PBS Spokane on my Calgary based cable TV but when I was flipping through the channels, I saw no mention of The Chaperone.

    Magnificent drawing! ❤️

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    1. Thanks Christopher! Yes the movie is on PBS masterpiece – maybe that’s different from the ones you get? It’s a streaming channel thru Amazon prime. Anyway… It’s about her, not starring her (in case that wasn’t clear). It might be on other channels, not sure.

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    2. Maybe PBS is different on Amazon Prime.

      I am a huge fan of PBS Masterpiece which I diligently watch every Sunday evening.

      Sanditon (a TV series based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel) just had its 3rd and final season on PBS Masterpiece.

      I wrote a blog post on it earlier this month that got over 1300 views (the most I ever received on a single blog post at one time – the closest runner-up was about 70 or 80).

      I’m now watching Tom Jones (based on Henry Fielding’s 1749 novel) on PBS.

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    3. Oh yeah I’ve seen both of those advertised. Eventually I’ll probably check them out. Good job on all the views! That’s awesome. Well I’ll be watching more on masterpiece so I’ll chime in now and then if I see a good one! 😊


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