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Blue As Can Be by GoblinQueeen Blue As Can Be by GoblinQueeen
No, it's not an April Fools trick, I really did finish another Retro Girl ;) Third in the color series (and my personal favorite color), the title actually came first on this one and then the image jumped into my head almost imediately after. Smokey lounge with a 1950's style cocktail dress.

For some reason, I had 'How Long Has This Been Going On' playing in my head the whole time I worked on it, though I don't know why since it's not really a sad song. It does have that somber, lilting feel. I think more likely the guy at the piano is playing 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' or 'Stormy Weather,' something more like that.

Medium: Original sketch vectored over in Illustrator (yup, that includes all those little lines, too. All vectored shapes) Brush texture/grain to the base of the bar done with a custom brush in Photoshop.

Other colors in the series so far:
Red: [link]
Orange: [link]
Green: [link]
Purple: [link]
Silver: [link]
Black: [link]
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SassyChassis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Professional Photographer
Oh my gosh! I Love your style! I'm a pinup photographer and your style speaks to me! :)
Lady-Lisette Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great one! The blue makes it seem brooding and surreal - exactly like one of the smoky lounges or nightclubs from a film noir movie.
fedoraStorm Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
"When I want rain,
I get sunny weather.
I'm just as blue as the sky..."

-Frank Sinatra
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This one hits you like a Julie London torch song! I'm thinking "Black Coffee", or "It's a Quarter to Three"...beautiful!!!
GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
oooh, those are good choices. For what ever reason, 'How Long Has this Been Going On' is what always pops into my head.
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
She reminds me of a Julie London album cover!:heart:
Adimo-Rosa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
This beautiful work has been featured in my journal, here: [link]
GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Aww, much thanks, very kind of you :blushes:
MissMakeBelieve Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Perfect mood :)
Klensson Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
lurve ur works! X3
funkaloza Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
princessfayezy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
I love this style!
copycat989 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
looks a little like Killer frost
Vacillo-Silentium Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006
This one is my favorite of your Retro Girl series, red at a close second. I really want a dress like that! =D
lucyta Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
i love your retro dolls!!
what program u use to make this dolls?
GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
Well, the first thing is they aren't 'dolls' if you are referring to the traditional pixel type you find on the net ;) Not that there is any less work involed in some of those, just it's a different process and genre. The pieces in my retro series are all done from scratch starting with the sketch and then finished in Photoshop or Illustrator. Hope that makes sense :)
lucyta Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006
thanx for your answer ^^
Elenwen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006
so cute, so posh (not in a pejorative way, i'm french my english's not that good :blushes: )
but with such songs in your head and such your talent, you couldn't make something bad!!
Keep on!
Brina1989 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awsm color!
Kittyarcadia Featured By Owner May 2, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this picture. It's very emotional. Beautiful.
Corculum Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006
You know... I think this is my favourite piece of yours. I absolutely love it :+favlove:
tonifasic Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2005
very cool. =P
Alene Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005  Professional General Artist
I think the piano man is playing Smoke Gets In Your Eyes...possibly because of that morphed shape in the background. It reminds me of smoke. =)
This one is gorgeous, it has such atmosphere!
RagdollStitches Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005  Student Filmographer
*sniff* shes beautiful D:D
ladik Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005
i love it..its athmosphere brilliant..lovely colours and style.
i fave it.
Makinita Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
love the tiny bar
WaveMaiden Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love her pose and how well it goes with the colors
sputnik-sweetheart Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005   Writer
one of my vintage cocktail dresses is quite similar - though sadly in quite a state of disrepair.

I love this makes me strangely sad, but I love it nevertheless.
GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
aww, that's a shame, though one of the burdons of vintage wear. Hopefully it can be fixed.
Kenfedfox767 Featured By Owner May 29, 2005   Interface Designer
Me 2(see other comments)
babalond Featured By Owner May 2, 2005
Oh so beautiful, i love it :sun:
the-Mad-Hatress Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2005  Student General Artist
I don't know if I've commented on this yet, so I'm gonna.

First of all, I think the whole color thing is really cool. This one and "Some Like it Red" are my two favorites. I like this one the best, though, coz it reminds me of the "Rhapsody in Blue" segment of Fantasia 2000. Squee! Tres good. ;D

Oh, by the way, I was wondering if you ever thought of making a tutorial on how to color retro pictures. Your style has really inspired me, and I can draw the pictures fine, I just have no idea how to color them. o.o
dolleee Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2005
i like it blueeeeeeeee:thumbsup::(
kage-neko Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2005
Very pretty and very sad. Blue can be a very depressing color when used right. Like this piece.

Still....I just loooove the color blue. :3
TerribleHands Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005
augustc4 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005
smooth and stylish.
bizarro4 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
oh, wow, this is beautiful. her gentle expression and pose really grabs me emotionally.
CaribbeanBlue Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2005   Traditional Artist
*sigh* Her pose, colouring, and facial expression express my recent funk perfectly...

*Goes to get a Blue Retro Girl style drink* :(
twosilverstars Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, well done! I knew you could do a sad retro girl :) I really like the texture you did on the bar.
GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
lol, yeah, just took a little tweaking. First time I did the bar, I did the texturing the other way, but then realized if I was wanting to work in the impression of wood, the grain would be going up and down, not side to side, so I had to redo it. Not like anyone else would have probably noticed, but I would have ;)
ENGLISHFELLOW Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
Looks like the style you see on samurai jack. very nice work :)
PriestessSerena Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005  Student
She seems a bit different from the ones I can remember, but it's beautiful and one of my favorites so far! I love the dress and the color scheme.
Idarshu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005
Agh! Love this soooo much! +fav now.
paintmepinkshop Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005
It's truly beautiful, I'm a big fan of blue and green colors. :glomp:

JokerHarley2345 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this. I just watched Sin CIty the other night and I love jazzy art. This is a perfect title for the picture. I love all of your retro girls pictures. :-)
GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005
lol, after seeing Sin City on Saturday, I thought about doing a Retro Girl to kind of commemerate the film. Maybe I will, we'll see.
nutamu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
goldfishoevil Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2005  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful. ^__^ I just love your retro girls.
lucylooloo2u Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2005
great job! it rocks my socks! her hair and dress are beautimous!
AmethystAsphyxiation Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2005
suits my mood right now perfectly :P the retro girls have human emotions! :O :D very nice work
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