Hair, Nadine’s wonderful challenge

March 10, 2014

You know, I’m one of those persons who knows her art limitations. Really I do. I do but, as you probably suspect, I tend to ignore them.

Last week my friend Nadine invited me to take part in a weekend drawing challenge. Just like last time, the challenge was to take a word and depict it in an image. This word was “hair”.

Now I feel that I can draw almost anything, but believe I’m absolutely naff at portraiture. It’s true! But the more I thought about it, the more I really wanted to draw some beautiful hair on a beautiful girl. Growing up, I did the requisite copies of my favourite album covers and people’s images, (there’s a whole portfolio dedicated to Bowie somewhere at mom’s house I think), and I also remembered drawing mermaids.

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I used to draw a lot of beautiful mermaids. Some coming out of the water with long flowing hair floating on the waves, pearls and seashells dripping from their bodies, well, anyway, that’s what I decided to draw.

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So I started this morning and have my mermaid finished by lunch time. (Only one day late…lol)

Well, finished is a relative term. I believe I could be shading and refining and lifting and tweaking for another four hours. But that’s not going to happen today, because I hear the mountains calling my name. 😀

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Thanks for this opportunity Nadine. And thank you for inspiring me to bring back a skill from my childhood and give it another try.

If you guys have a chance to, please pop by and visit the other extremely talented and fun artists:

Barbara, Tammie, Ariane, Carole, Demie?, Emily, Joanne, Patrice, Leena, Celine, Renilde, Kristen, Roberto, Kim, Mano, Stefanie, Nadine.
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Something old, something new, something borrowed and blue skies
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  • Reply Joanne March 10, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I love those shells woven into braids Veronica!
    And a beautiful model indeed 🙂

    • Reply Veronica March 11, 2014 at 5:33 am

      Thank you so much Joanne. 🙂

  • Reply Christie March 10, 2014 at 11:57 am

    She’s gorgeous! And, what a wonderful job you did with the hair!

    • Reply Veronica March 11, 2014 at 5:32 am

      Thank you so much Christie. I rarely do faces. They always become illustrations rather than portraiture, but this one was fun. 🙂

  • Reply roberto March 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Hi, Veronica! Thanks for your comment!
    I think you should not have your self-esteem so low, You want to draw, and in fact you do it, and I do not think you do it wrong. you say you know your artistic limitations, Ok. that is the starting point!
    I liked when you said: “I hear the mountains calling my name”
    very poetic! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica March 11, 2014 at 5:31 am

      Thank you so much Roberto. Here in the Pacific Northwest, where it can rain 300 days of the year, when the rain stops, you have to go for it. 😀

  • Reply Carole March 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Veronica. Nice to meet you. I had to laugh when you said you could do more of this and more of that. We artists are so hard on ourselves. Your mermaid girl with sea shells in her hair is beautiful! Have a good week.

    • Reply Veronica March 11, 2014 at 5:30 am

      Hi Carole, thank you very much. 🙂 Isn’t that the way…always? Who is it who said, “easy to start, hard to know when to stop.”…Monet? Picasso? I always forget, but it’s so true.

  • Reply mano March 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    hi veronica, niceto meet you – your blog is great and your drawing is so beautiful. I love the shells in the hair, it looks a little romantical and I think to the sea, to the beach, to holidays…
    I haven’t photoshop, I need ACDsee for editing my pictures. I have much fun with it!
    🙂 mano

    • Reply Veronica March 11, 2014 at 5:28 am

      Hi Mano. I’ve never heard of ACDsee. That’s nice for me though because I like to explore new things. 🙂

  • Reply Patrice A. March 11, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Veronica, she is a beauty
    that beautiful hair, full of movement
    and braids ad shells….
    i think i am to old to have my hair like that ;^))

    • Reply Veronica March 11, 2014 at 5:27 am

      Hi Patrice, thank you so much, 🙂 I’d like to say: Nonsense, I’m a million years old myself and sometimes have my hair like this…or worse. 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein March 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

    these are wonderful .. i tend to doodle eyes … but i dont draw much, i hate that what i draw isnt as good as i can photograph

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

      Ha, I feel the same way sometimes! So much easier to pick up the camera, isn’t it? But let’s persevere. 😀

  • Reply demie March 11, 2014 at 9:19 am

    beautifull mermaid hair!

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Thank you so much Demie. 🙂

  • Reply Bev March 11, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Very pretty! Love the shells in her hair!

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

      Thank you so much Bev. I love the seashells too and the pearls. 🙂 They were super fun to draw.

  • Reply Tammie March 11, 2014 at 10:03 am

    love that you drew her face from a unique and challenging angle, at least I think it is.
    Lovely she is and sea shells in her hair are a sweet touch.
    I always enjoy seeing braids as well.

    I hope you had a time in the mountains that felt good to you.

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Hi Tammie, thank you so much. I did find the face challenging too. Oh the mountain hike was fantastic to the max. So few sunny days right now that I want to be out there as much as I can. 😀

  • Reply Betty Manousos March 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    wow, these are incredibly awesome! well done:)
    she’s gorgeous!!

    have a nice remainder of your day.

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Thank you so much Betty. Must pop over and see what’s new with you. 😀

  • Reply Life Images by Jill March 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    beautiful drawings. I used to draw a LOT as a child, but photography has taken over my life. I hope that one day I will get back to drawing again.
    Have a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:31 am

      Did you Jill? Did you stop? I never stopped drawing or painting, just the mermaids and Bowies…lol. I hope you do get back to it; I’d love to see some. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v March 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Nice! I drew a lot from comic books–Archie Veronica, Betty? Brought back memories–though yours is much more artistic 🙂

    • Reply Veronica March 25, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Thank you Sara. I used to draw those guys too. As a matter of fact, almost all my daughters’s paper dolls ended up looking a little Betty or Veronica like. 😀

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