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Alice Moloney: Newent House (detail)

Work / Illustration

Illustration: Alice Moloney’s gorgeous portraits of time-weathered faces

Proving the age-old belief that old people often have the nicest faces, illustrator and communication designer Alice Moloney created this series of watercolour portraits after spending a week with the residents of Newent House, a day centre for elderly people. Her renditions show how all the sharp angles have been ironed out through the course of 70 or 80 years worth of facial expressions, and she somehow still manages to conjure characteristics from a bunch of smudgy pale shapes disappearing into one another. It gives me pure happiness to imagine their reactions when she turned around her sketchbook to show them what she’d been working on.

Newent House is one of a whole collection of really great projects in Alice’s portfolio, which ranges from commercial projects to publication design and touches on a few unexpected ideas on the way.

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Alice Moloney: Newent House

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Alice Moloney: Newent House