Monday, 31 March 2014

Jean Harlow Prints and Postcard Sets

  Jean Harlow prints and postcard sets will be available in the coming weeks. I think I have one or two more cute scenarios to add, but after that I will be concentrating on getting them in my shop.  I sincerely hope my pen and ink affairs are making you smile and even giggle just a little bit. Jean Harlow after-all was a happy young woman, who lived life to the full. Robert Taylor remembered her as 'kind and amusing' and Maureen O'Sullivan said 'There wasn't anyone at MGM who didn't love, and wasn't amused by her, and didn't think her an absolute darling.'

  Since I was a teenager various nuggets of information regards our blonde bombshell have stuck with me. I've drawn upon just a few of these sweet little facts for the collection. I'm not saying I'm a complete Harlow expert but I feel that over the years I have formed a fairly accurate picture of the kind of person Jean was.

  Again these are only photos of my work at this stage and not scans. Hope you like them.

  Jean was a huge animal lover. Since her childhood she had a constant menagerie of pets....including dogs, cats, goldfish and ducks!!!

Here I have attempted to draw her little Pomeranian called Oscar. Think this is my favourite of the collection.

  Since Myrna Loy (another absolute favourite of mine) was one of her dearest friends... I feel quite certain they must have had the odd cocktail together.....

Lovely Jean and Myrna on the set of 'Wife vs. Secretary' 1936

  I love all the beauty and style tips I've read over the years with regards to Jean's hair, makeup, exercise and diet, but the fact she liked soap and water followed by an ice cold rinse has to be my very favourite. 

  Jean dolls number 4 and 5 are almost finished and I'll be starting on a few more this week. I've had lots of enquires about these platinum bombshells and therefore do have a mini waiting list. All the lovely people who have mailed me, I've not forgotten you!  I'm sure you appreciate these beauties do take a lot of hours and I'm currently working on them alongside my other projects - not to mention admin and life in general. Some weeks I work at a snails pace and other weeks I'm like lightning! I'm not fond of deadlines I'm afraid.

The latest cotton top beauties have additional hats. Again they are made with both new and vintage fabrics and have wire running through their legs for posing.

  I hope that those who follow my blog are enjoying my latest pieces. For those who aren't familiar with Jean Harlow, I hope this perhaps makes you want to pour yourself a cup of tea and spend half an hour reading about Hollywood's first blonde bombshell. xx

Thursday, 27 March 2014

A Day in the Life of Jean Harlow....

  I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that the scenes I have illustrated featuring our cute, glamorous Ms Harlow would definitely have really happened during her career.

  I have taken a lot of these illustration photos from my Instagram so they do have various boarders and filters. They are also photos of my work and not scans. As soon as I scan them I have plans to do prints and postcard sets for my Shop

Jean  runs through her lines with a cup of coffee...

Dinner at Eight 1933

  Creating this little collection has been a welcome break from doll making this week. All that stuffing, and felting, tea dying, stitching and unpicking, takes it's toll on my hands (which I don't take enough take of) so I have given my paws a welcome rest in favour of this pen and ink experiment. I love trying new ways of working and I have so enjoyed creating these sweet scenes of Jean Harlow as she goes about her daily routines. 

  I wanted them to be cute and funny like the kind of quick and quirky daily comic strips you got in old 20's or 30's magazines or newspapers. I am hugely inspired by illustrators such as Anne H Fish,  Russ Westover (who created Tillie the Toiler) and the early works of Alfred Bestall (who later went on to do the illustrations for that cute little bear Rupert)...

 Thinking about the beauty procedures Jean may have had to put herself through made for a very funny morning of sketching...

I'm not sure if Jean really washed her hair in Lux flakes but it is documented that it was used as part of the bleaching concoction..... sure makes for a cute illustration though.

Jean Harlow sat under one of those darn contraptions in Libelled Lady 1936 with Spencer Tracy

This particular Permanent Wave Machine was first introduced in the early 1930's

 ..Pen and ink on watercolour paper..

  In 1936 William Powell (the love of Jean's life) gave her a huge sapphire ring. I just had to add that lovely nugget of information amongst my illustrations.

  The very ring..

  Jean at her dressing table....

With the very dashing William Powell

  Ever since I can remember I have always loved a series of illustrations featuring the same heroine or main character. I'm never content with just one picture, I need to see that character in a variety of different scenes. This is one of the reasons I love children's books - especially old ones. Watching a character move through a story in a sequence of different scenarios and outfits is very satisfying. 

Various quick photos of the work in progress.

  I have lots more Jean sketches to complete including little sketches of her playing tennis and golf, having tea with Myrna Loy and a date with Mr Powell. They are just sketches at the moment but I hope to add them to the collection once they have their coat of pen and ink.