Painting hair (and pulling it out)
You know what I find intense? Painting hair across an already perfectly lovely face. Yep, I’m still twitching from the 2 hours worth of work you see above.
A beautiful face is much more intimidating than a blank canvas, which is really more exciting. If it were an ugly face then I’d be happy to cover it, but if you’ve done a good job on the face… Whew, hair is not easy. And have you noticed, it never gets the attention it should. People naturally obsess over a face, which most artists have been drawing since childhood, perfecting every time they pick up a pencil. You’ve noticed how many sketches of just an eyeball are out there in the world, right? But hair? Hair is skill. Pure skill. It can be beautiful, or a total disaster that ruins your painting. It’s always tempting to go the one line route, leave a couple flurries that fade out to the viewers imagination.
It’s not easy and it’s tedious, so of course, it’s thrilling when you finish and you’ve totally nailed a convincing set of locks. And then it’s addicting! Am I right?
So for the record, if you are an artist, I will always appreciate and admire your hair work. 🙂
Obviously… I need to get back to work, that hair is not going to paint itself.