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A Message from Master American Portrait Artist, Fran Lew

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Marilyn Monroe is considered by many film scholars as the most famous female movie star of all time. Monroe, famous for playing ‘dumb blonde’ characters became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s. No other Hollywood star has ever inspired such a wide range of emotions – from lust to pity, from envy to remorse. Her legacy lives on today as she continues to be a major pop culture icon. Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials, I give you her timeless soft tantalizing seductive persona in this Chuck Jones Gallery limited edition entitled ‘Marilyn’. The Chuck Jones Gallery has paid great attention to the nuances and details in my drawing. I have hand signed each print in this edition. Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery representative. This small edition won’t last very long.

Edition of 85, hand-signed by the artist, just $225 unframed. An excellent holiday gift!

Image of the Day: Life Drawings — Men

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As mentioned in previous posts, throughout his life, Chuck Jones studied the human form, either independently or in formal life drawing classes.  The image of the man (above) is a mixed media (charcoal and chalk on paper) from a life drawing class Jones participated in the 1950s.  The oil painting below is also from the 1950s and exhibits all of the hallmarks of Jones' signature style and graphic genius. 

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Image of the Day: Bugs Bunny

Two of my co-workers and I spent part of the morning pulling artwork for the upcoming Chuck Jones exhibit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that opens May 14th.  Although we all work with Chuck Jones art everyday, we're oftentimes removed from it (via computer screens, etc.) and today to have had the opportunity to get close to so much visual richness, ingenuity and creativity was completely inspiring!

This drawing of Bugs Bunny by Chuck Jones (graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper) was a preliminary layout for a life-size (6') cut-out sign that was posted at the gate to the Warner Bros. lot in the 1950s.  

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