Marilyn Monroe drawing by John Harding

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here’s my latest drawing finished, hope you like it.
I chose a reference that hasn’t been drawn before, then I changed her expression from surprise to worried…………. lets face it, at that time of her life I think she would have been…….


marilyn, monroe, portrait, graphite, pencil, women, female, woman, black, white, carbon, powder, charcoal, brush


  • John Dicandia  ( JinnDoW )
    John Dicandia ...about 2 years ago

    Superb drawing John. The expression is spot on. I have a very old book called “Marilyn Mon Amour” by ex – war photographer Andre De Deines. Mainly of Norma Jean – pre MM but there’s a photo of her with a similar expression.

  • thanks John. hey awesome, was she reading a book?

    – John Harding

  • evon ski
    evon skiabout 2 years ago

    you Sir, are a MASTERFUL artist. I love that you possess not only the skills of drawing and rendering beautifully and accurately, but that you can take the piece to a higher level by working your magic and reanimating the subtlites of the facial mucsles to pull her features into another expression. you captures her unique beauty and vulnerablity so well. bravo.

  • thanks so much Yvonca, you are gorgeous!!!

    – John Harding

  • Kevin Krueger
    Kevin Kruegerabout 2 years ago

    Her expression is perfect, and your drawing is incredible!!! Couldn’t be any better John.

  • hey thanks so much Kevin :)

    – John Harding

  • Cathy Amendola
    Cathy Amendolaabout 2 years ago

    awww John…lush and beautiful. like the lady herself..!

  • BarbBarcikKeith
    BarbBarcikKeithabout 2 years ago

    I don’t see that.. I see an innocence.. a fragile innocence at that. Beautifully done..

  • Raz Solo
    Raz Soloabout 2 years ago

    This is so good, John!

  • JaneRoberts
    JaneRobertsabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful work.

  • MarieG
    MarieGabout 2 years ago

    Fabulous portrait John…perfect depiction of the exact expressions stated in your description…remarquable light too…the legend at it’s best…!

  • carboneye
    carboneyeabout 2 years ago

    Fantastic drawing John!, wow!, you really know how to transform an old subject give it a fresh new interpretation.

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...about 2 years ago

    great, she looks so of the best I have seen of her!!!

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