I had the extreme privilege recently to be able to restore some old chalk portraits for a neighbor of mine. They were portraits of her grandparents done just before they were married. She found them in amongst a bunch of other keepsakes that had been passed down to her. Unfortunately, they had experienced some visible wear and needed some desperate help.
I was eager to tackle a new project, so when she contacted me and asked if I would be interested in trying to restore the drawings digitally, I jumped at the challenge.
The process proved to be pretty simple, more tedious than anything else. It’s amazing how long it can take to clean up a few dirt specks. In the end, I think they turned out rather nicely, and apparently my neighbor did too (she now has both pictures reproduced and hanging up on her wall).
I’ve placed the images below so that you can see the transformation. Scroll the mouse over each image to see the before and after.