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).
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.
Here’s my second attempt from a few weeks later.
My next attempt was much better, though the likeness is still lacking.
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.
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.