Dorothy Parker Illustration

The inaugural issue of Neshaminy magazine, which I wrote about in my previous post, also includes a poem written about the renowned writer, wit and poet Dorothy Parker, who lived in Pipersville, Bucks County in the 1930s and 40s. The editors asked me to create an illustration of Parker with some specifics mentioned in the poem. I tried several sketching styles but settled on one that leans toward a fashion illustration look, which seemed to work best because, while the poem deals with her wit and writing, it also mentions her smart style and elegance.

The finished illustration below is in ink wash.

6 thoughts on “Dorothy Parker Illustration

  1. Pat . . . I want a video of you at work. I look at your creations and – frankly – I just can’t imagine having the skill to create such beauty, humor and balance – even in simple black and white. I want a video. Now. Please. ( you know I’m sorta kidding about my demand . .. but . . . . maybe some day . . . . .? )

  2. Oh, Cathy!!! You’ve made my day! I’ve never done a process video before – I will check that out, might be a neat publicity piece. I see other artists doing that & it is indeed fun to watch. Thank you, thank you!!

  3. You’ve captured her actuality and her personality, Pat…How cool! (I do notice that she’s not wearing glasses – lol.)

  4. — so men would make passes! You know, Nancy, I thought it didn’t look quite like her, but I think I know why – she was rarely photo’d smiling. This assignment required her to be smiling, teeth showing – but it’s not how this sardonic witty woman is usually shown.

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