Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks liten
© 2013 Varja Linnea Askeland all rights reserved

This is my third portrait of the silent movie actress, Louise Brooks.
I have to say that this is my favourite so far, among my portraits of her. The only boring thing is that my drawing didn’t scan very well.
Louise Brooks is my role model and I can never stop drawing her.
I drew the contours with my trusty 0.7 mm pencil, the soft and dark shadows with Monolith, Cretacolor and Charcoal pencils.

Pandora’s Box

It started out with a kiss in a scene
A silent dream in black and white
Beauty brought silver to the screen
With eyes that sparkled so bright

Then it was the expected senses that mattered
And the new dream became a coloured noise
Leaving the old silver tattered
And beauty was lost without a voice

© 2013 Varja Linnea Askeland all rights reserved
(A poem I wrote as a tribute to Louise Brooks)

Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks
© 2012 Varja Linnea Askeland all rights reserved

I got an early Christmas gift from my mother, since I’m going to spend Christmas in France.
I got three beautiful sets of pencils: Cretacolor – Soft Graphite, Charcoal and Monolith, and I couldn’t wait to make my next drawing.
This time I chose Louise Brooks again, because she is my greatest role model. It was the first time I used Monolith and Charcoal pencils.
I drew the contours with my trusty 0.7 mm pencil, the soft shadows with Monolith – 4B, 6B, 9B and the dark shadows with Charcoal Medium pencil.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks
© 2012 Varja Linnea Askeland all rights reserved

Finally I have my greatest idol, Louise Brooks, in my portfolio.
I finished the drawing of her tonight.
In this drawing I practiced to make soft lines and shadows, to get the right film grain/20s feeling to it.
I drew the lines with a 0.7 mm pencil and for the shadows I used Cretacolor soft graphite pencils, B, 2B, 9B.