Saturday, January 05, 2008


Derwent drawing pencils, 11 x 14 on Canson
copyright Jeanette Jobson

Today I did a sketch of Woody who is 90 years old. He married 10 years ago at the age of 80 and is currently nursing his 88 year old wife who has Alzheimers.

There is such character in an older face and it is such a pleasure to draw an older person. The faces of youth, while lovely to look at, really hold little interest to me in terms of drawing. They present challenges to define smooth skin and that bloom of youth. It is a fleeting moment and gone in a blink of an eye. Just as well you don't realize it at the time.

However, it is replaced with something much more valuable.

I dug out my set of Derwent drawing pencils as I hadn't used them for awhile. They are the perfect pencils, in my opinion, for portraiture. They have such soft earthy colours and lay down so well and quickly on paper, that they are pleasure to use.


Billie Crain said...

you've done an amazing job of not only recreating the wrinkles and lines of age but also the expression. i can just see all the wisdom and experience. you seem to have captured the essense of this man. even though i don't know him i know i'd love to meet him.

"JeanneG" said...

Great job Jeanette. I too saved his photo and hope to tackle it. Haven't been doing any art much lately. Still having complications with my knee. But his face drew me in too and the story about him was so heartwarming. Such a very good man.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Billie. I loved doing this portrait. Something about his expression drew me in.

I'm sorry you're not feeling up to par after your surgery Jeanne. I hope it gets sorted soon and you can get back into drawing again. Your images are missed.

Tracy Hall said...

This is terrific jeanette, you really have got the character shining through so well. I agree totally about drawing older faces! I recently tried my first miniature portrait but chose my daughter which was a mistake - far too perfect! I think a face more lived in would be a better place to start.