Les actrices françaises

It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a drawing project!

This summer I’m taking French 1010, so I can work on finally finishing my bachelor’s degree. For our final project, we are supposed to write a paper making cultural comparisions between a French speaking country and the United States, and then create art related to our paper.

I decided to do a project on the French film industry. Filmmaking and the camcorder originated in France before films started being made in the states. France has one of the largest outputs of film in the world, as well as being one of the largest international film markets. Paris has the most movie theaters in correlation to their population out of any other city in the world! The United States is the biggest country for film output and consumption, so it will be interesting to compare how the industries differ.

I always work on the fun part of an assignment first, so tonight I sketched nine French actresses that are either well-known or have starred in iconic films, ranging from Brigitte Bardot in the 50’s and 60’s to modern actresses like Marion Cotillard and Audrey Tatou. (I realize that Jean Seberg was born in the United States, but she spent half of her life in France and starred in Breathless, so deal with it)

I scribbled these with a fancy pen I borrowed at work on a piece of printer paper (real classy, I know), scanned them, and cleaned them up a bit with Photoshop. I still have a little ways to go with touch-ups but I am proud of how most of them turned out! My favorite in this batch is Julie Delpy. She turned out so well that I hope when I die, they use that drawing in my obituary instead of a photo of myself.

I am researching printing these onto t-shirts or tote bags in the future. I might do some other cinema babes from other countries in the future too. Stay tuned!

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Hey there, I'm Ellen. 23-year-old film & gender studies student. Art house valley girl. A full-on Monet. I wish Sofia Coppola directed my life.

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