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.


Friday, 21 March 2014

More Jean Harlow Dolls......

  I have another two Jean Harlow dolls on my work table this week.....

It all started with some new pretty 1940's floral prints from the lovely Donna Flower...

More fluffy platinum hair, arched brows and peachy skin.

Spring floral frocks...

....and cute 30's hats

Everyone adored Harlow

Pip x

Sunday, 9 March 2014

New Jean Harlow Dolls...Working Progress..

  Oh the joyous week I have had with the one and only original blonde bombshell - Jean Harlow!

  In my previous post I let on I was making more Harlow dolls. I made a dozen of them last year and due to their success I vowed I would have regular Jean Harlow making extravaganzas! I started these dolls a few weeks ago but made lots of headway with them this week. Here are a few working photographs from my Instagram page. 

  Sat in my cosy studio corner after a week of watching Harlow movies and endless felting of fluffy snow white hair, I still find it really hard to put into words my fascination and utter devotion to this platinum blonde goddess. Those of you who are as hooked on Harlow as I will know that this gentle and talented icon feels like an old friend, one that you have an overwhelming desire to protect (especially if like me you have spent over 20 years reading about her life and watching her movies)

  I always feel so excited when sharing my love of Jean. The beauty of social networking means that I have met so many Harlow fans. What I really love is that so many are so young! It just goes to show that almost 80 years after her death at the shocking age of just 26 she is still mesmerising audiences. That's a true icon.

I wonder what Jean would have made of my cute little interpretations of her?

1930's silk. It's the only little bit of this cream silk I have left.  Perfect for Jean

  I often wonder what paths Jean's career may have taken had she lived. How would she have adapted her look as she headed - still a relatively young woman - into the 1940's and 50's? we'll never know. Jean is frozen in time, forever 26 years old. I find her totally inspiring, I never tire of her movies and I never tire of reading all the lovely things other old Hollywood actors had to say about her. Everyone loved Jean Harlow and everyone still does.

  Jean's trademark platinum locks.......

Again I have used a 1940's fabric to make this Jean a little blouse. She also wears white wide legged, high waisted pants an off duty look Jean was so often seen in.

  I will finish these three dolls next week but there will be more. 

  Lots of people email me and ask me about prices. Here is a Link to my FAQ's over on my website. One of my tasks next week will be to update my website with new photos, pages and information.

  Hope everyone has a great week whatever you are doing. If you get time to watch a Jean Harlow movie there are a good handful on the Internet but you do have to do a bit of searching. xx