John and Madalyn went through multiple steps to get the poster linen backed and then prepped so restoration could begin. (All of which you can read in detail in Part 1 and Part 2.)
The main issue we encountered with this poster, besides the fact that it was originally in shreds, was that as far as we can tell it is a one of a kind poster and thus no reference exists for us to base our restoration off of. This is just the kind of challenge that we love at Poster Mountain! Ravi, Gabe and John had a quick consultation and decided to base the restoration of our leading lady's dress off of stills from the movie and other dresses from that time period.
At the end of Episode 2, Ravi had gotten a basic outline of our leading lady Pauline Starke's body. The next step was to begin to give the dress shape.
|In order to get the dress just right and to connect the top half to the lower portion, Ravi drew a simple sketch of Starke's form.|
|I promise, Ravi really is working here not just surfing the net.|
|"Don't mind me, Ravi, I'm just lurking and watching you draw so I can take photos."|
|Preliminary drawing done!|
This was one of the most incredible transformations to watch. Ravi worked on it when he had a free hour or two in between other projects and every time I looked up or went over to take a photo he had added more detail.
|Here the background is masked off to protect it from the airbrushing that Ravi used to put in base coats of color.|
After he had the outline of all the lines of the dress, Ravi masked off the rest of the poster and began to airbrush in a base coat. This color blended in with the original color of the dress and softened the lines of his pencil drawing, allowing him to add in more layers of color and pigment that would recreate the look of the original poster.
|Here is a close up of the preliminary sketch and the first round of airbrushing.|
|Base coat of color is in!|
I had hoped to finish up Women Love Diamonds this week, but the post was just too long! So we'll have one last update next week!
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