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!