Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Notorious Bettie Page

A page in my sketchbook for today. My very first attempts to draw 1950s pin-up queen, Bettie Page. It's interesting doing my take on such an icon. Anyone who knows of Bettie, knows what she looks like. But to sit down and really analyze her features is different than just looking at a picture. Her hair and in particular, her signature bangs, are giving me a little bit of trouble. And because her hair is so black, it's hard to make out the way the hair lays. I'll get it though. Mostly by doing some structure drawings of her hair in order to work it out. These pieces were done in pencil on a sketchbook page.


Royce Thrower said...

Studying Betty's face as an artist must be akin to a kid getting a job as an ice cream taster.

Gary M. Peiffer said...


Will this be a possible finished piece, or are you just messing in the sketchbook?


Brian Jones said...

Very cool Gene...would love to see you do a finished piece of her!

Gene Gonzales said...

Royce - You are so right.

Gary - This is part of a warm up for a commission involving Plastic Man saving Bettie Page. :)

Brian - Thanks. When it's done I will share it.

Gary M. Peiffer said...

Ah, no wonder Plastic Man's eyes are buldging in a previous post!


Gene Gonzales said...

Yup! :)