Continuing with 'Drawing the Girls'... I've been practicing and refining my technique and drew a face I was quite happy with - but then I was afraid to add the hair. This girl turned out so much more refined and elegant than my previous effort, that I could not picture putting magic marker hair on her. So back to the drawing board. Literally.
I tried different makers and different pencils and finally came up with a method for doing the hair with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayons (love those things). I first added some outlining with a watercolor pencil in dark brown and then added strips of color with three different shades of the crayons. Once I had the crayon down I went over it with a damp brush to soften and blend the color. Wetting the Neocolors really brightens the color and tones down the graininess. I used a #6 shader working with the chisel side and pulling it across the color in long strokes moving with the direction of the hair. This time I painted the hair first so that I felt comfortable with how it looked before proceeding with the face.
Now that I have a method for future use I will have the confidence to put hair on those faces - no matter how pretty they turn out. :)
Joy and blessings,