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Artwork: Elegance by Emily Vu

Digital Art (made using Procreate/Ibis Paint X)

“This drawing isn’t an original concept—it’s inspired by a scene from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring renowned actress Marilyn Monroe (where Monroe performs the song “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”). I found this reference on Pinterest, and it immediately intrigued me.

This drawing is one of the most difficult pieces that I have attempted due to the large number of detailed characters. My goal for this illustration is to combine an intricate style with appealing colors, interpreting the reference with my unique artistic style; I want this piece to give off an aura of elegance and glamor. I drafted the drawing normally at first, and I then adjusted the colors using tools in my digital art programs.

I faced many challenges while creating this illustration: My art software lagged and crashed, and the sheer amount of details to consider was intimidating. Although I wanted to give up countless times throughout the process, I persevered and crafted a piece that I was extremely satisfied with.

When I finish a drawing, I usually only see the flaws in my execution. However, this piece is one of the few I’m content with even after months of completion—it exceeded my expectations. Growing from this experience, I’m determined to continue my artistic journey and create better illustrations in the future.”

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