Original hand-drawn illustration

Paper: Strathmore 500 series Bristol Smooth
Medium: Charcoal and Graphite
Dimensions: 23” x 23” (584mm x 584mm)

  • This item should not be displayed in direct sunlight
  • No border and fixed with Boyle Matt Spray for protection and to prevent fading
  • Hand signed in lower right corner
  • This original is delivered UNMOUNTED. Please enquire about purchase with mount and frame


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  • Certificate of Authenticity provided.
  • Original is hand signed and will be delivered flat.
  • Original is delivered free within the UK.  Contact for delivery internationally.


Full size: 23″ x 23″ (584mm x 584mm)


  • This original hand-drawn Marilyn Monroe portrait was created on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.
  • This was drawn using only graphite and black coloured pencil.
  • This original wildlife artwork will be best presented mounted and displayed behind a ultra-violet protection glass frame.



This piece is the first in my collection of 4 ‘Influential Celebrities’. Marilyn Monroe was without doubt one of the biggest icons of her time and I engrossed myself in documentaries whilst drawing this piece. Her transformation from Norma Jean to Marilyn Monroe is a fascinating story. There is something about her that is magnetic and I was determined to capture this in her portrait. I spent a long time analysing her different expressions and this one was the most interesting; seductive, dreamy, alluring and yet powerful and strong as well.

My celebrity pieces are my largest and most time consuming pieces. All created with mixes of graphite, charcoal and pastel.

Drawing Marilyn

This large hand-drawn Marilyn Monroe portrait is the perfect piece of wall art to set off any room. Her piercing eyes and sultry expression draw you into the picture and when mounted and framed this celebrity drawing will be an original piece you won’t regret having on your wall.

Before beginning the 23” Marilyn piece I produced a small 8” version as a trial. Whilst drawing this portrait I became obsessed with the expression on her face. In the trial piece I had not quite managed to capture the expression and had got the balance of sneer and seduction a little wrong! She ended up looking like she was very unimpressed! I actually spent quite a lot of time in the mirror trying to work out which part of the face was creating this expression…whether it was the tension in the upper lip, the eyes or the nose. Luckily I think I managed to get the balance just right on this portrait.

I was undecided what to use for s background as I have always struggled to find the right mix of paper and medium to get a pitch black. In the end I opted for black pastel….messy, but dark!


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