Idyllic Pastel Drawing of Two Sleeping Women Looks Like a Victorian-Era Painting

Pastel Drawing of Two Women by Magdy Ghabn

Not all paintings are made with paint pigment and a brush. Some are made with oil pastels. Egyptian artist Magdy Ghabn employs this malleable medium in his newest work depicting two women sleeping in a grassy field.

The 27-year-old artist is currently studying art at New Cairo Academy, specializing in realism. “I like to paint classic scenes like art made in the Middle Ages and during the Victorian era,” he tells My Modern Met. His pastel drawing uses a colorful palette and light and shadow to create an idyllic yet natural portrayal of the female subjects.

Within the long, grassy field are numerous colors that add texture and depth to the environment. Likewise, both women are highlighted by delicate sun-dappled lighting. However, the details are just as impressive, as Ghabn masterfully draws the drapery of each figure's dress and even defines the wrinkles in one's palm.

You can see more of Ghabn's creative projects by following the artist on Facebook and Instagram.

Egyptian artist Magdy Ghabn created a pastel drawing of two women lying down in a grass field.

Pastel Drawing of Two Women by Magdy Ghabn

Pastel Drawing of Two Women by Magdy Ghabn

Pastel Drawing of Two Women by Magdy Ghabn

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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