Portrait of a Mummy…

We are privileged to enjoy the many incredible legacies left to us from Ancient Egypt. However, none can tug our heartstrings as powerfully as the Fayum mummy portraits. These portraits vary greatly in style and quality, but they all give us insights into the humanity depicted.

The eclectic range of faces, hairstyles, clothing, and jewelry provide us with fascinating information about each person. For example, the clothing depicted in my drawing (based on a mummy portrait) tells us that this sad-looking man was probably a Roman soldier; and his handsome, youthful face implies that he was a young man when he died.

Mummy portraits were painted on thin slats of wood and attached to the facial sections of mummies approximately 2000 years ago to show what the individual looked like while alive. Some of these portraits have since become separated from their remains while others have been meticulously preserved with their mummified remains.

My goal with this drawing was to capture the essence of the original painting, including the imperfections of the old wooden panel on which it was painted and the textures of the brush strokes.

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About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of Drawspace.com, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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