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Garbo

I continue trying to progress in the ability to render sketches.  Not really where I want to be yet, but making advances from time to time.  The side benefit of trying to learn how to see and render various shades of gray with pencils, various blending tools, and shear luck at times is that I now can see a color scene in terms of its tonality whereas before I merely saw different colors.  I’m close to making  a side trip back into some B&W photography and see if any new skill has transferred over, but in the meantime, here is my latest.

I think Greta Garbo was one of the most photogenic movie stars in Hollywood.  She was one of the golden era stars where, regardless of what they did ‘off camera’ so to speak, social custom and strong studio PR departments produced the essence of glamour.  I intend to return to Garbo in different ages and poses as I find them because I think her face works so well in sketches.   The gallery version is here.

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Garbo

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Yes, I am an old movie fan (err perhaps I should say fan of old movies).  In 2010 this stamp was available from the USPS.  I was immediately taken with it, and saw an oddly Andy Warhol like result when I photographed it.  The image is black and white with a color halo, and includes a surprise when you look carefully at a full sized image.  Enjoy here.