Links to this have been floating around the internet for a while, but I thought it worth another here.
This is a brief (7 plus minute) video showing a 99 year old Al Hirschfeld drawing and inking a caricature of Paul Newman from the Broadway play “Our Town”. Hirschfeld literally worked right up to the time of his death just a few months after this video was shot.
I think it’s fascinating watching his scratchy and short-stroked drawing and inking style. For something that ends up reproducing so elegant and with such distinct and clean-looking lines, it’s beginnings and execution are remarkably messy feeling. Considering the fact that he was 99 when he did this drawing, it is nothing short of remarkable.
This was shot by his grandaughter, and it’s unclear and dark at times. Too bad we never get to see more than an arm of the famous barber chair he used as his studio chair for decades, nor more of his working area. Still, seeing him at work is a treat.
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