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The Twelve Girls Band

Mouse drawn and painted in photoshop 5.5. Windows ’98 platform. Combinations of filters was used on fabric.

This is a variation on that wonderful little art deco piece from Dover Publications copyright free archives that I used for ‘Hollywood Nefertiti’. I watched an old black and white mystery movie the other night and it got my imagination going. I’m an old ‘B’ movie junky. I love them. This is a vamp in the old Hollywood tradition only this time around in living color.

I have gone back and looked up the music I was listening to when I was designing this. The music was on one of those info-commercials. I found them on ‘YouTube’, my son told me you can find anything on youtube. The name of the group is ‘The Twelve Girls Band’ a group of super beautiful very talented chinese musicians using traditional instruments. This selection emphasizes the traditional instruments. I think it captures the elegant feel I was trying for with the artwork. I’m a fan, take a listen

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  • coppertrees
    coppertreesabout 5 years ago

    Just fantastic Norval and the colors snap!

  • Thanks, I’m pleased with the fabric, I tryed a new filter.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Adam Gormley
    Adam Gormleyabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant artwork Norval, love the colours in this!!

  • Thanks Adam

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 5 years ago

    Very striking piece!

  • Thank you Marsha

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • dorina costras
    dorina costrasabout 5 years ago

    The tones is wonderful, the line draw great!

  • Thank you Doreen, I’m getting freer with the line work [ on the fabric ] but I’m still needing to free up on the actual figure work. Keep putting your stuff on, I’m studying them as an example to try for.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 5 years ago

    Stunning line and color, Norval. I especially like the blue reflections in her hair, shining back the gorgeous color in the background. Bravo!

  • Thanks, green against purple was a hard palette for me to work with. I tryed to pull it together with little touches like the highlights in the hair.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • LeilaniMelayna
    LeilaniMelaynaabout 5 years ago

    I love your beautifully orchestrated piece!

    Smiles Leilani

  • Thanks, I do orchestrate my work, especially the color, and hope I don’t hit a sour note.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • LeilaniMelayna
    LeilaniMelaynaabout 5 years ago

    Yes…it is obvious! You haven’t hit when yet so far! You’re welcome!

    Smiles Leilani

  • Elena Oleniuc
    Elena Oleniucabout 5 years ago

    Very beautiful !

  • Thank you.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • madvlad
    madvladabout 5 years ago

    she is heavenly, meee too i love old movies-where they actually act and you hate them or love them when you are done seeing the movie, or better yet have been entertained, not insulted-nice art

  • luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast
    luvapples down...about 5 years ago

    I’m glad you liked it. And I’m glad someone likes the old ‘B’ movies besides me. I tryed to get my 11 year old to watch one-—-——’ it doesn’t have any color???!!—-dam it use your imagination!!!!!

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