In class, we came up with different ideas and drew them out in the sketchbook. I only took a photo of one idea because I forgot to take the others because the time was limited. I drew this final portrait of Marilyn Monroe because I was inspired by the statue of Marilyn Monroe – Forever Marilyn created by John Seward Johnson II. (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/church-giant-marilyn-monroe-statue_n_5b1ec451e4b09d7a3d75bb1b) I was also inspired by Andy Warhol his printing of Marilyn Monroe and Roy Lichenstein his comic way of having printing dots over the character. (https://www.artsy.net/artist/roy-lichtenstein). I combined these ideas into one. I first sketched out Marilyn Monroe and having her smoking a cigarette because some of her photos always have her smoking. In the nineteen fifties and sixties, smoking was so common in the United States that almost everyone smoked. At that time, people not only didn’t know how dangerous smoking was but also had the approval of doctors. So my intention of having her smoking was to warn people that smoking is bad for health.
The idea of having the printing dots from Lichenstein was hard to do. Because I was limited to materials. At first, I was planning to use the hole puncher and having them punched onto a paper and then use spray paint to go over the dots in the background. It was hard to do it. So I created the 2nd part/ piece of this art- the digital version. The digital version I created by procreate and it really did look what I expected. The reason why I used the dots as the background is that I want the person- Marilyn Monroe to stand out more,.
I was inspired by Andy Warhol for using simple, primary colors because I think that pop art is not just the object/ people being popular but maybe also the colors being popping out and eye-catching. I think it worked out in my pop art painting because it is eye-catching for the audience and also it popped out from the background.
By using SCAMPER the first initial idea of the portrait of Marilyn Monroe was to paint a very stereotypical realistic painting of her but that would not look like pop art and so I replaced it with a comic style look. Also, I replaced a pure black background with the dot texture (digital version, on canvas, was limited). I also combined 2 different artist styles into one which is mine. From Andy Warhol’s primary color and Roy Lichenstein’s comic printing dot into one.
The color I used was basically 3 colors, yellow, red (rose-skin color), and black. Yellow and red are primary colors and stand out more. I kept my artwork as simple as possible. I repeated the color red because I think red is a really sensational color for me. From her hairbow to her lipsticks to necklace and her clothing. If I didn’t repeat the color red then this artwork may not stand out as much and be not as simple as I intended to be.
The one idea was a character from Pokemon and my peers asked me how is this meaningful and I thought it’s not. So then I picked Marilyn Monroe smoking. When people think of Marilyn Monroe they usually don’t think of her as a smoker because she stands for purity and ignorance so I want to tell the audience that does not rely on your ignorance about the disadvantages of smoking. Moreover, I think that smoking really impacted me because my mom is a smoker, and a lot of times I warned my mom to not smoke and she wouldn’t listen to me. This is also why I choose to draw out the posture of Marilyn Monroe smoking.