Week of Fabulous Hair: Hair as Character

January 9, 2015


Above: A sketch of Sarah Crowden's hair supports her character as an aging musician. In a 8.25 x 10.5 inch Hand•Book journal. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and 15mm Montana Acrylic Marker.

In the movie "Quartet" actress Sarah Crowden has gray hair pushing out orange while she plays an aging musician at a retirement home. The hair creates an instant thumbnail of character.

This is another sketch from my test journal of a Hand•Book Journal (which I'll post a full review on in the near future). Crowden's part in the movie is small and well done. Unfortunately I can't recommend the movie, even though Maggie Smith and a bunch of other actors I love are in it. The movie's premise is weak— told, not shown—and seems more like a play than a film. The grasp on issues facing the elderly seems slick and trite while not really organically understood. The tone seems undecided, humorous, maudlin, serious, sentimental by turns without a single thread of tension on which to hang them all. With a powerhouse of actors assembled to play it's a shame. The credits are fun for before and later images of the actors.


    • joanne
    • January 11, 2015

    I was looking at a site with pictures from Grand Budapest Hotel. On the page with Ralph Finnes office was a portrait of a officer with a big mustache. Your work?

    • joanne
    • January 12, 2015

    I saw the picture on this site. Golden Globes: 6 Design Ideas from ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
    the office is #6 in the pictorial article.

    I’ll check back to see if you found it and if not will email you the article.

    • Dana
    • January 12, 2015

    Well I looked Joanne… it’s definitely done by someone channeling Roz’s recent portrait style. You gave me a good chuckle, thanks for the link.

  1. Reply

    Joanne, could you send me a direct link to the article? I went to the houzz site you linked but when I searched “Golden Globes: 6 Design Ideas from The Grand Budapest Hotel” and variations on that that I could think of I got other things with only 1 photo and none of them had the image you mentioned. I clearly don’t know m y way around this site.

    Thanks for thinking of me.

    • Dana
    • January 12, 2015

    Here’s the link Roz:

    It’s the second to the last (penultimate sounds a bit stuffy here) photo in the article. The actor is sitting at his desk reading the newspaper and the drawn portrait is on the upper left in the image. Great mutton chops!

    • joanne
    • January 13, 2015

    Thank you Dana. I just got back to check and you had handled the link for me.

  2. Reply

    Dana, thanks so much! I don’t know why my search entry on that page didn’t bring up this article!

    I can totally see that guy with the mutton chops and I love it. The style is very like my PPBP. I can’t see it very well but it looks like it might be a woodblock print or something, which is fun because that’s why I like working with the PPBP—it gives me woodblock or lino carving lines without all the force to cut a line.

    I feel a series of generals coming on!

  3. Reply

    Thank you joanne, Dana got me there. I appreciate you checking back. Thank you so much for pointing this out to me. I love that image. See my comment to Dana.

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