A skeleton in the closet…

Recently I was asked to give portrait drawing lessons from my new studio – where to start? Well with the bare bones of the head – literally!

I was loaned some skulls, as used by doctors in the early Twentieth Century for medical research, and drew from observation…

 

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Using graphite, conte, charcoal and pastel pencils, we drew the skulls from various angles. I then continued drawing after the lesson, and was particularly pleased with this one….

 

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Understanding the structure underneath the skin is vital for a portrait artist. But why stop at the head?

I was inspired to investigate my subject further…a search on google, a fortuitous post on gumtree, and the next day I met Stuart, a replica skeleton who’s former life was as a physiotherapist’s model….

 

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He is now a permanent resident in my studio – and has sparked a new interest in anatomy – expect more bony drawings soon!

Caroline Rudge

I'm Caroline Rudge, an artist living and working in Wiltshire, UK. I specialise in the beautiful and ancient medium of Egg Tempera.

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