This is my attempt at painting photorealistically in Photoshop... or, well, I fully intended this to be a quicker, sketchier image, but it decided it wanted to be photorealistic. Who was I to argue?
(8 hours of furious painting later.....)
This isn't an image of my own grandmother, but rather, just a grandmother, with a sadness in her eyes that I find so typical of Russian older women, women who have seen so much in such a troubled country. I've never drawn elderly people before, figuring out how to paint the wrinkles and little age marks on her skin was really interesting. I was reminded of being a child, and curiously comparing my own grandmother's skin and traces of age on her face, to my young skin.