Some people take enormous effort to create a statement with their hair. Their innovative hairstyles are a delight for anyone who sketches.
I feel odd writing about the beauty of hair when showing a sketch of a young man. I feel I must use the more “masculine” word “handsome,” but I think that’s some linguistic sexism surviving from childhood. Let’s just say this hair is seriously handsome and beautiful.
I want to point out the various textures he’s created with his hair—the shaven sides and close cropped sideburns; the longer hair which starts behind the ear, but isn’t part of the structural top mass; the top mass which he encourages to come forward in tight spirals to create a crenelated front. And he didn’t stop there, but manages a tightly trimmed mustache and allows his beard to grow loosely in, rendering sparse facial hair a feature, not a deficit.
This hairdo is about gradations of texture as well as juxtapositions of volume. This hair is about beauty.
Every day I am grateful for all the thoughtful people out there who bring such beauty into the world for us to see and sketch.
With one pen how many textures can you make to honor the effort they make?