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A Memory Recovered by Jan Szymczuk

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Medium: Graphite pencil, leads, 2B, 7H and F
Paper: Goldline Bristol Board 220 gsm
Size: A3 (16.5″ × 11.7″ – 420 × 297mm)
Duration: 4 hours

This is a little known diversion I sometimes do, I was asked if I could restore a couple of very old faded, damaged and aged photo’s of a friends grandparents.

I normally just use Photoshop to clean up the images (which is what Photoshop is made for) but my friend, asked if I could sketch them instead.

This sketch took me just over 4 hours over two days to complete and required some really, really tight, sketching and some of the finest cross hatching I’ve ever attermpted using only 3H and a 2B pencils.

I wanted to remain as true to the original as I could (my years of police background kind of helps me there). This is a precious memory and I just wanted to make sure I could recover it through my pencil work. I aslso decide to put them closer together in one sketch, as it looks more friendly.

This is the final result, hope she is happy with the finished article.

Origiunal reference photos

I`m really a self taught artist. A Geordie lad, hailing from a small mining village called Pegswood in Northumberland, originally, from Polish parents. I now live in Stannington, Northumberland, where I’m enjoying all that retirement has to offer.

I am available for commissions, including portraiture, animals and also for one off caricatures, for hire to wedding receptions, parties, local schools, fun fairs and fetes etc.

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  • Sheryl Unwin
    Sheryl Unwinabout 4 years ago

    Beautifull rendered Jan…stunning work

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work Jan
    Cheers N

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely excellent!!

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    i thought again it was a photo
    fab work

  • Lynn Hughes
    Lynn Hughesabout 4 years ago

    you have made a beautiful drawing that will last longer than any photo, and the way you have drawn then closer makes for a warmth and closeness that the photos do not have. I am sure your friend will be delighted with the result Jan. Many Many stars to you. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas Lynn.

  • Judylee
    Judyleeabout 4 years ago

    Oh man, do you have some talent going on here! This is truly wonderful and I’m sure she will love it!

  • Michael Haslam
    Michael Haslamabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful accurate drawing!

  • sky   princess
    sky princessabout 4 years ago

    Wow,amazing work……

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 4 years ago

    Another masterpiece Jan !
    Looks better than a photo !

  • Carolyn Bishop
    Carolyn Bishopabout 4 years ago

    Excellent … just excellent!

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