Salt and Pepper Hair

October 21, 2020
Brush pen and watercolor portrait on the Old Gutenberg paper in a hand bound journal (turned 90 degrees so page spread gutter runs horizontally).

More volume, varied textures. Check, check.

But here we’ve got salt and pepper hair. Lots of white hairs, lots of streaks of black hair, some hair that seems in-between because it is, or because it is in shadow.

How many different ways can you think to approach that?

On this day I decided to let the paper color stand in for the white hairs. 

I’ll be experimenting with this the rest of my life I’m sure.

    • Lorell Girard
    • October 22, 2020

    Thanks for all these posts! It’s so interesting to me that at a glance, and though we know it’s the same paper across the gutter, the empty ‘white’ paper below the torso vs the white ‘left’ in the beard and eyes, appear to be such different whites, influenced by (or not!) the colors surrounding the different spaces.
    So enjoying the blog posts and Patreon. Hope you are well.

    1. Reply

      Yep, that fools the eye thing. I think it is uncanny when working on tan paper monochromatically how the light values still pop. Even on the darker tan papers.

      But this one is still my favorite example of the paper looking lighter in the highlight areas

      I’m glad you’re enjoying Patreon. I have another video coming up before the end of the month that is monochromatic and will be fun.

      We are both well. Thanks so much.

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