This is a portrait of an old grotesque woman.  I sought to fashion the portrait after the figures of Francisco De Goya's black series of paintings which featured grotesque caricatures of humanity.

This piece was created using charcoal in a subtractive method. I first began by covering the surface with a layer of powdered charcoal. then using and eraser or chamois cloth, I removed the charcoal to "reveal" the image. I then went back into the drawing with compressed charcoal to darken and refine areas. This piece is on heavyweight paper and has been sprayed with a fixative. It will need a frame for display.

- Drew McSherry

Grotesque Old Woman

Charcoal drawing on paper

Signed on back

18" h x 17" w 
0 lbs. 0 oz.



Drew McSherry
Halifax, Canada

Getting to Know Drew

Drew McSherry finds inspiration in the paranormal and the darker parts of life. His images contain a sense of the macabre and oftentimes feel fantastical. He currently lives in California and has been influenced by artists like Eugéne Carriére and Odilon Redon. Fun fact: when he’s not painting, he is working on a series of children’s books.