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…




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….




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….




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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