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More Fun With Hair (and a Beard)

The brilliant audacity of this hair takes my breath away. It makes me smile.  

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Hairdos on Television

Don’t get me started. Hairdos on television. So many, so little time. Here’s a sketch of one of my favorite young actors, Marcus Scribner, who plays “Junior” on “Black-ish.” Through the seasons he’s had different hairstyles. His headgear obscures much of the hairdo here, but I was struck by the small dreads just appearing over […]

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Salt and Pepper Hair

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 […]

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In Context—Hair Volume and a Note

Volume in hair is always such a glorious surprise. It can float right off the page. (This is a page spread from December 2018. I’m not sure why I didn’t have a date and time on this sketch—I usually write that information automatically on each sketch or page when completed. This book has been archived, […]

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The Simple Volume of Hair

Sometimes the best way to capture hair is to look at the volume and capture the large value shapes. It can be more striking than fussing would be. It can make real the cast shadows because of its suggested substance. (Have you guessed yet? October is about hair. I get asked about hair all the […]

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The Beauty of Hair

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 […]

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The Importance of Space

Is the hair in this sketch exaggerated?  It’s hard to say. This woman (a contestant on “Project Runway”) had mounds and mounds of curly hair. So much hair, in fact, often not tied back, that I wondered how she got any work done without it always getting in the way. But remember that thought comes […]

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Wrapping Up Teaching…What Does That Mean?

This is the first in a series of posts in which I say goodbye to teaching. For the next two weeks I’m going to have posts and a couple fun videos which I like to call “‘The Final Lectures’ Series.” I hope you’ll join me. So what does the title of today’s post mean? Am […]

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Using More Than One Type of Pen

The mood we want to achieve in a finished illustration influences what type of pen we choose to work with—what type of line we want to express. It’s obvious when I started to sketch this I was pulled by interest in the facial hair and short hair on the head, as well as the height […]

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In Context: Playing with Faces while Making Soup

My pen was running out of ink and then I had some left over paint—it’s fun what you get up to when you are using little bits of time between doing another task. (The soup was great! Though I only stayed up to put it away for the next day.) This is from an 8.5 […]

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