For as long as I can remember, this has been the image that springs to mind when I hear the name Ruth; Bushy grey helmet-hair, receding chin, unflattering glasses, and only the finest in nineties fashion.
Strangely enough, I can’t identify a specific Ruth that inspired this image; its more a composite of various frumpy mothers I’ve met over the years, and somehow that name just stuck. Don’t fret though, lovely Ruth’s of the world– I have an even less flattering association with my own name! Stay tuned . . .
This fellow has clearly seen too much.
Neck beards! It looks like I just can’t get enough of them! This was the result of a long afternoon of sketching at Powell’s Books. Be expecting more digital coloring such as this, although of course I’ll always prefer doing it by hand . . .
A full page of faces that I’ve been needing to post for a while now. I used a dip pen and india ink for the lines, and experimented a little more with ink wash for the shading.
Yes, they’re mostly bald, but hair is such a godawful pain. . . 😉
Here’s a Governor-General.
Not any particular one, just a random one all decked out in his finest Court uniform and cocked hat with plumes, looking just as splendid as a viceregal representative ought to. No more explanation is necessary, I think. . .
I used a white marker for the elaborate embroidery, although I think a dip pen and my trusty white india ink would have served me better.
Faces with beards or other facial hair are always fun to draw. The lady in the middle seems a little bored by the whole thing though. Maybe she’s jealous because she can’t grow any herself?