9 February 2001
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Your Every Other Week Caricature:  Ani DiFranco


How-doo all!

Today I did something a little different. Since we've been on a "hair" thing as
of late, I thought to myself why not continue today with a focus on, well - hair? 
So, since our lucky subject Ms. Ani DiFranco has one heck of a doo, I thought you'd all benefit from a simplified step-by-step on how the hair was pulled together in this drawing.

Ms. DiFranco is something of a cult hero these days - with her "Righteous
Babe" Record Company and her hard core "Do It Yourself" attitude, I
salute this young woman. She's just turned 30 this past Fall and what a life
she's carved for herself. I also know there's at least a dozen of you "Renais
sance" men and women who play/write/perform your own music as well
as draw Steve B. in London and Becky in LA to name a couple of you.
You guys remind me of Ms. DiFranco and her "go for it" attitude - you
inspire me!  So this is for you. Check out the links below for Ani's story
as well as for pictures. (See if I've done my job -)

So today, this isn't a caricature - it's a realistic portrait with a progressive filling
in of the hair. (We'll get to the caricature part of the show in two weeks.)

Ok. Here's the low down. (see below for the illustration)

Picture 1

This is the realistic drawing. No hair. Just a study of her face in pencil.

Picture 2

Here, the outline of her "Medusa" doo is roughly drawn in. All I've drawn in
is a rough outline of rasta locks, er, dread locks actually. Note the simple,
random shapes I've started with. Nothing fancy. The overall shape of hair
is pretty plain though.

Picture 3

This step shows the filling in of each area with horizontal hatch marks.
If you look close you can see I started with a pretty unsteady hand - I
was trying to avoid smearing the pencil (that's one drawback with pencil
- it smears very easily, but it's very rich). I try to place a sheet of paper
between my hand and the drawing so I avoid that problem. Also note I
started hatching on the right side of the paper - I'm left handed so I like to
see what I'm hatching.

Picture 4

Close up of the early stages of hatching. Note how the hatches are used
as something of a fill for each section. No need to fill the whole hair shapes
up with stuff either - it's important you pay attention to which way the light is
coming from, identify the highlights, then leave those areas free of color.

Picture 5

Filling in the hair shapes with more hatches. All that was done here
was this I just started adding layers of hatches - but hatches at different
angles. I started with horizontal hatches, then on to diagonal, then groups
of vertical hatches. I tried to keep in mind which direction the hair grain was
headed and then tried to match that grain with the major weight of hatches.

Picture 6

Here, the hair's not done but it's pretty well finished off in this first stage.
I see I gave her something of a receding hairline right down the middle of
the top of her head; and the gap between the hear and her face got a little
wide on the left side of the picture (her right). On the up side, the highlights
have been sustained in the hair - in fact I'm very pleased with the overall
effect of the hair - it's very organic looking to me. And it's all made with
nothing more than simple cross-hatches - just lots and lots of layers.
If you look close you might also make out some random scribbles in the
hair. Such is the random nature of hair - why not the lines we draw? Besides
it's fun! (I find it very easy to get too perfectionist - so I end up with very stiff
drawings - if i ever get them done. So cut loose from time to time!)

Some DiFranco Links

About Ani DiFranco AniDiFranco.org1.url

Welcome to AniDifranco.org2.url


Don't forget about the Alta Vista Image finder - just go to the Alta Vista link and click on "images". Type in "Ani DiFranco" when you get there.


Next Issue we'll caricature this drawing and look at what and why I caricatured them. Until then, keep on drawing - and all you folks with multiple "irons in the fire" don't forget to do your drawings!! (just 15 to 20 minutes a session three to four times a week will keep you connected to your drawing and keep you progressing.)



Jeffrey O. Kasbohm
Executive Director

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