Welcome to the 15th Creeping Wednesday! This time we'll talk about hair in all its beauty. Thank you to *Sieskja
for suggesting some really good pieces for this article. The next theme is going to be Dracula
! Please remember, dear suggesters, that I'm looking for traditionally done underappreciated artworks.
From now, every next Creeping Wednesday will be posted every 3 weeks - the main reason is that I'm preparing a new serie of articles and I don't want to spam you too much (: This means that you may expect the next CW on the 20th of February.
What is that attracts you to traditional art?
Traditional art just feels more personal and easier to immerse youself into then digital art though I like it a lot, you just can't replace the nostalgia of chacoal on your hands or paint under your fingernails.
Would you name a couple of your favourite artists who depict hair in an interesting way?
Stephanie Law is the first name that pops into my head she makes hair look so easy with her watercolors and the glow she creates is incredible. Socar Myles and his amazing mastery of pencil is also very impressive. Yoshitaka Amano is a very dear favorite with his watercolor and ink I could just keep going but that would take a while.
What do you like and dislike about drawing hair?
I love the way hair looks but i dislike how hard it is to draw because it is so complex. It's very time comsuming but there is nothing that can replace the satifaction of getting it right.
Thank you for this little interview!
Hair and Middle Ages in Europe
Most people think that everyone living in the Middle Ages wore long hair and beards. Don't fall for it! While it was absolutely decent for maidens to wear long braids, men mostly favoured shorter haircuts, as it was much easier to deal with. People having longer hair were either rich enough or too poor to take care of it. Noble men either used to shave to keep their faces clean or kept "good-looking and well combed" beards.
This, of course, varied depending on the particular time and place. On the countryside, maidens were obliged to keep their long braids that were cut off on their wedding. Poor girl that was caught on being with a man without wedding would have immidiately cut her braid off, so everyone could know what "a sinful person" she is.
Touching hair of another person was considered a very intimate thing and a man touching hair of a stranger girl could risk a black eye or broken nose, if not worse. This custom was older than Middle Ages and it remained a long time after the Middle Ages ended.
This is a sad story of a real person. Ruslana, who was born in 1987, was a Kazakhstani model of Russian descent. She was noticed at the age of 15 and gained a nickname the Russian Rapunzel because of her knee-lenght hair.
She had a very promising career before her - after sessions for Vogue and modelling for some notable designers. Unfortunately, she was found dead in 2008; she jumped, willingly or not, from the 9th floor of a building where her apartment was.
Police states that is must have been a suicide, however, it remains unexplained why a noticeable part of Ruslana's hair was missing like after a hasty cut with scissors.
I read this story almost 4 years ago by now and I still remember it.
Here are some nice groups related to hair, accepting traditional artwork: