Chaetophobia – Fear of hair

For a while, I had a fear of drawing hair, or at least a strong aversion.  It never came out right, so I just avoided it.  I chose bald or very short-haired men as my drawing subjects.  Women were pretty much off-limits, though I did entertain the notion of drawing Natalie Portman from V for Vendetta.

As a geek, the aversion to hair led me, of course, to Patrick Stewart.  I had drawn him once or twice before, during my 2000 drawing period, and I was happy with the results at the time (though they look awful to my eye now).

Anonymous bald guy, circa 2000.

When I started back up drawing in the fall of ’09, I very quickly found myself drawing Captain Picard.

Here is my first attempt.  Awful.

Early Nov. 2009
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Here’s my second attempt from a few weeks later.

Late Nov. 2009
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My next attempt was much better, though the likeness is still lacking.

Early Dec. 2009
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My latest turned out well, even though it wasn’t even a serious attempt.  I was just sketching while watching the Pats one Sunday afternoon.

Jan. 10, 2010
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I see obvious improvement in this series, but I know that I could do better today, having a few more months experience drawing.  However, now that I have overcome my fear of drawing hair, a whole new world of subjects has been opened up to me.  I’m sure I’ll come back to Capt. Picard at some point, but for now I’m too busy.


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