Blond Hair and a Purple Mohawk!

When you create a living being from your imagination, some characteristics of yourself automatically become part of your creation. Nope – I don’t have a purple mohawk (yet)!

My skills from two decades ago are returning and the transition from oils to acrylics is getting easier. The hair texture was not as difficult to paint as the emu’s.

Upper left image: middle values are added to the under painting and the directionality of the hair is established.

Middle left image: a full range of values from dark to light fool the viewer’s eye into seeing three dimensional forms.

Lower left image: that eyebrow definitely has to change – into what, I really don’t know yet.

Right image: The eyes will probably be the last section painted. For now, this under painting establishes values.

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About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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