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Joan Crawford by Karen Townsend

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Graphite pencil on bristol 9 × 12 inch

Joan Crawford (March 23, 1905 – May 10, 1977), born Lucille Fay LeSueur, was an American actress in film, television and theatre. Starting as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting on Broadway, Crawford was signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. Initially frustrated by the size and quality of her parts, Crawford began a campaign of self-publicity and became nationally known as a flapper by the end of the 1920s. In the 1930s, Crawford’s fame rivaled MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. Crawford often played hardworking young women who find romance and financial success. These “rags-to-riches” stories were well-received by Depression-era audiences and were popular with women. Crawford became one of Hollywood’s most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States, but her films began losing money and by the end of the 1930s she was labeled “box office poison”.

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Originally from the South of England but now living in Melbourne, Australia. I took up graphite drawing at the ripe old age of 42, after a long hiatus of 25 years. I did achieve an O’level in art, whilst at school, and had hoped to go to art college. However, my family and I emigrated here to Australia and art college was forgotten about!! I didn’t pick up a pencil again until 3 years ago. Just wish I had picked up that pencil a long time ago!

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  • melbourneguy75
    melbourneguy75almost 6 years ago

    Stunning artwork, your work is amazing :))

  • Simon Aberle
    Simon Aberlealmost 6 years ago

    Wow absolutely incredible job Karen. I always look forward to seeing new work from you!

  • Karen Townsend
    Karen Townsendalmost 6 years ago

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments

  • Tracey-Anne Pryke
    Tracey-Anne Prykealmost 6 years ago

    Simplly STUNNING…your making me want to pick a pencil up…..LOL Nooooooooooo

  • lol thank you

    – Karen Townsend

  • Kate Eller
    Kate Elleralmost 6 years ago

    great pencil work Karen, as always. Love Joan Crawford. I’ll bet you are constantly keeping those pencils sharpened to a very fine point.

  • You betcha and thanks again

    – Karen Townsend

  • Deborah Holman
    Deborah Holmanalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful pencil work I love the ring and the nails fantastic

  • Thank you Deborah

    – Karen Townsend

  • Margaret Harris
    Margaret Harrisalmost 6 years ago
    Beautiful artwork Karen
  • Thank you Margaret

    – Karen Townsend

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful, skillful artwork Karen. Very crisp lines. What sort of pencils did you use?

  • Thanks Lynda, I just used mainly mechanical pencils

    – Karen Townsend

  • Orla Cahill
    Orla Cahillalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful drawing skill Karen. Technically excellent. ..And congrats on the feature. :)

  • Thank you so much Orla

    – Karen Townsend

  • Margaret Harris
    Margaret Harrisalmost 6 years ago
    Every time I see this I love it more….beautiful beautiful…you are gifted!
  • Thank you so much Margaret

    – Karen Townsend

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