The Beauty of Hair

October 14, 2020
Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen FB in a Hand•Book Watercolor journal.

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?

    • Paul
    • October 14, 2020

    LOVE the variety of textures here. So glad you chose NOT to paint this one, it’s perfect as a black and white line drawing…beauty!!!😉👍👍.

    1. Reply

      I’m glad too Paul, but the reality is the decision, while made, was being second guessed, just before I was called in for an appointment. Who knows. I don’t think I would have changed my mind, but given more time I might have pulled out the paint. But like you I’m glad it’s as is. Funnily enough most of the sketches in that book, which is filled with watercolor paper, are ink only! I’m glad you enjoyed this one.

    • Jane
    • October 14, 2020

    So gorgeous!!!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Jane, glad you enjoyed this one.

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