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Old 09-24-2004, 04:04 PM
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Old Woman - WIP

This is a 10" by 8" graphite experiment, combining little things I've picked up drawing and sketching and using both to create a portrait of an old weathered face. As I don't have a lot of free time, I thought I'd work a few minutes here and there and post the progress.

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Good idea, Gavin...certainly a good start! Check your pm!
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Thanks Deepat.

A little more progress.

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Wow.... Amazing, Gavin. Are you using a photo reference?
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great job Gavin,almost looks like a stone or wood texture.Cant wait to see the results!!!

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With a little added background.

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Thanks for the comments.
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This is like watching a Make-Up design progress--the other thing--she looks like Chloris Leachman (High Anxiety, Young Frankenstein, Mary Tyler Moore Show) in prosthetic make up.

Gavin, I am going to enjoy this--The eyes look moist. Wow!
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Gavin,
Thank you for posting this wonderful drawing as a work in progress. I have realy enjoyed how you render your backgrounds (as well as everything else of course), so I am watching this intently.

I hope you don't mind, but I downloaded your pics to study a little closer in Photoshop. I thought I would be able to learn something about how you get your backgrounds so full of depth.

Your subject has a very interesting face. I love the faces that you choose to draw- so full of character, and you have a masterful way with your style capturing just what you wish to say about your subjects.

I am still going to order your multi-media disc one day soon- or ask my husband to get it for me for Christmas! I am amazed by both your work and your willingness to share your knowledge with us so freely. I have heard how stellar your multi-media e-book is, so am looking forward to owning my very own copy.

Thanks again, Gavin!
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Ended up do bits here and there and finished it very quickly!




Jay, thanks dude! I'm not sure who Chloris Leachman is though.

OzonaLori - thank you for the kind words. I don't mind you downloading at all; I'm flattered. I did the background by sanding charcoal over the drawing, and dabbing it with cotton wool - creates an instant and interesting texture in seconds. The fur jacket was equally as quick.
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That looks fantastic, Gavin. I guess I need to quit procrastinating and sit down to experiment with my pencils and charcoal.

By the way, here's a photo of Cloris Leachman:


And here's a link to her filmography, if you're interested: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001458/
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Ok Gavin, thr lyrics might give away who it is, but I thought this method of yours was just fascinating. I gave it a try this afternoon to get a break from my other work and only had an 8b pencil lead crushed for the background, but saw a woman's cheek bones and built on that. The detail lines I used a few photo references since it was starting to look like her anyways. All freehand and little smugding, and an f and 6B pencil on cheap Canson sketch paper. Done in twenty minutes.

Thanks, oh jedi of graphite! It was great fun!
You know I think your work is excellent. You remind me of a young Wyeth. A dispassionate, keen observation from a passionate eye.

Of the two guides here when I look at Stoy's work, I see that he gets emotionally involved with his subject matter.That's his strength. Whereas Gavin is more about fantastic execution and observation. That has it's benefits because it lets the viewer impose their own emotions on the subject.
She looks like a lonely lady in a nursing home who needs a hug and for someone to listen to her stories about her girlhood, all her suitors, and how much times have changed.
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This is awesome Gavin! The first post of her reminded me of a ghost with that whispy side of her face. You've really captured her character in this one and those dark lines are very nice. Keep it up!
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Thanks Caisha and for the photo. I'm not familiar with the actress although she seems to have a little more hair. I think if I sent her the drawing and said it had a resemblence, she wouldn't be too flattered.


Stacey - thank you. Incidentally I was born relatively near Ipswich, but the East Anglian UK city. I also live a couple of miles from a serene little village called "Melbourne" where the big Australian city apparently derived its name.


Hi Leslie. Thanks for the comments and glad you took enough inspiration to give it a whirl.
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"A dispassionate, keen observation from a passionate eye."
I've not figured out this oxymoron yet!
I like the background against the figure, it seems to have caught a good balance between natural unmanipulated pencil lines with a little smoothness, and is great for the time you did it in. A little like a young Amos I thought. You're very good at capturing femininity.


Thanks Oercrow!! I think "ghost" is quite a good way to look at the early stages of this way of developing a drawing. I like that.



I have noticed that I run a fairly high calibration on my monitor and have matched the likeness of the original drawing to my settings. I then tried an older calibration profile that I used to run and the drawing went really quite dark, and some of the lines looked extremely harsh so it's got me wondering how accurately people's drawings get reflected on WC.

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