There Couldn’t Be A Better Time To Be An Artist—A Week-Long Celebration, Part 5

March 6, 2015


Above: Pentel fine-tipped pigment ink brush pen sketch on Japanese Lined journal; with washes from a Pentel dye-based brush pen, and color from a 15 mm tipped Montana Marker.

I'll end my week-long celebration of beards with another sketch of Rainn Wilson as "Backstrom." It was last Friday's post which got me started on this anyway. Wilson goes the stubble route for his character. I think it's supposed to make him look seedier. I actually think it makes him look more vulnerable.

In fact, I think many arbiters of style would like us to believe that stubble is a symptom of seediness. On the contrary that is often not the case. I suggest as evidence—Sean Bean in the "Sharpe" series. That stubble exuded trustworthiness. Look also at Harrison Ford in "Blade Runner." 

Richard Dreyfuss has spent his career bouncing from stubble to beard and back again. He's had so many different variations I think we could make up a whole chart just with photos of him. (All of which look great I might add.)

Dean Winters who played Denis Leary's cop brother in "Rescue Me" has a new series "Battle Creek"—he can usually be counted on to keep stubble alive.

And then there is the king of stubble—Cary Grant in "Father Goose." 'Nuff said.

Seediness is not a function of how close you shave (or how often). 

While I was writing this series of posts I made the mistake of flitting about on the internet to see how beards "were trending." I found several style gurus who are all saying that 

1. the beard craze is ending or winding down,

2. beards cycle in popularity (duh, remember the 19th Century) and scientists think that as beards become more common clean-shaven faces become more attractive to women (not this woman) and then the cycle reverses itself until beards are scarce and then they become popular again. 

Happily some men go their own way and maintain a beard despite the fickleness of fashion.  

I also found The Master List of Beard and Mustache Charts" that I recommend to you. Not only can you learn what some of the various formations and styles of beards are called, there inventive graphical approaches on display in the charts themselves.

By the time you read this post I hope to be over my cold, and writing about other stuff. But that doesn't mean I won't still be looking for faces with beards to sketch.

Remember beards + Pentel Brush Pen = drawing Fun.

And don't forget, there really could be a quiz.

OK, one more thing: Jon Dyer is my hero. He has been sharing his "Quest for Every Beard Type," and he tries them all out. It's a fabulous list and you should check it out too.  

  1. Reply

    McDreamy (Dr Shepherd) on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ often was shown with stubble. Gotta love those beards 🙂

  2. Reply

    Lisa, I wonder about all these people, if they really have this problem or are thinking the honey will do this.

    I have NEVER attracted bugs of any sort with the M. Graham paint.

    Additionally I have spent countless hours in the WILDERNESS where there are bugs a plenty, using these paints.

    And I have spent an additional number of countless hours in Urban settings (urban parks, urban streets, etc.) and again never attracted any bugs.

    People who take soda pop to drink or a sweetened coffee drink attract bugs. I have seen this wherever I am and I am sitting nearby (10 yards or so away) and am bothered by nothing.

    I think we can say it’s their beverage choice.

    If someone has had a problem with M. Graham doing this I’m sorry for them, but I have used them for over 16 years in more outdoors situations that most people find themselves in during a lifetime.


    • Lisa
    • March 8, 2015

    Yes, it is odd that people seem to have such variable experiences with the m grahams and bees/yellow jackets. ( I’m referring to the m. graham watercolors.)

    I’m relieved to hear that you’ve had no issues with bugs! Thank you for your feedback, as always.

  3. Reply

    I’ve used both M. Graham watercolors and their gouache in all the situations for hours and hour and hours, as described above.

    • lisa
    • March 8, 2015

    Thanks, Roz. I feel much more at ease with ordering more and using them outside now. I’m glad you had the same positive experience with the watercolors, too! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience and reply to my query.

    Spring is coming and I’d really like to take this sketchbook practice outside sometimes.

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