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Aged Grandeur

9 Jul
elderhead 5

10 minute sketch of an older woman

I’m really getting into doing these 10 minute practice studies from photos of elderly women. It’s a big departure for me to work from photos as I love drawing from life so much. I can develop a different style with these drawings though as it isn’t imperative for me to get an absolute likeness, so I can improvise and experiment and really let go. It’s like a musician jamming I guess.


I’m working on an A4 size, into a hardbacked sketchbook prepared with randomly ripped brown wrapping paper stuck in with Pritt (it’s the best I find). I sketch roughly in a light graphite stick then pick out the highlights and lowlights with white and black conté crayon and finally scribble over the ‘detail’ lines with a dark graphite stick.


I really appreciate the beauty in these faces, they have lived a life and tell a story, yet are largely invisible in our culture. What a shame.

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