I think we can dispense with all pretense that I’m in any way keeping up with the “30 Paintings in 30 Days” challenge. So now that that’s out of the way, let me just say that this is my favourite “hair painting” so far. Not only did I let myself get carried away with details (so much for “daily” painting), but bonus! I also took the reference photo myself, so, FINALLY, I can claim to have created an original painting. Many thanks to my lovely and patient model, S., who’s probably convinced by now that she works with weirdos.
I regret that I made it all the way through my teens and twenties without ever getting an undershave, gutless wimp that I was (am). This painting is about as close as I’ll ever come to having that hairstyle myself…
Have you met my new best friend? It’s Liquitex’s Airbrush Medium, and by gum, this just might be the answer to my prayers: a medium that makes acrylics just slick and blendable enough to make your life easier while still drying within a reasonable amount of time.
Ok, so I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit (a lot) for this “30 Paintings in 30 Days” challenge, but in my defense, I did say that I might not be able to keep up the pace all the way through. (The village was already burning when I got here, Ma’am. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it).
And what strange paintings these are! First of all, painting hair is totally different from painting faces because hair is essentially a shape, or collection of shapes. Consequently, they’re coming out a lot rougher and more slap-dash than the portrait studies from the last challenge.
I *think* I like them, even if they weren’t at all what I expected.
Dry-brushing appears to be my go-to method for painting hair. So of course, I’m going to shake things up and try oils for the next one!
Done while listening to an episode of the “Trekabout” podcast, which I’m choosing to name-drop just because I think it’s a podcast that should be on every discerning geek’s podcast playlist.