There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.

Auguste Rodin

Portrait Drawing Lessons - Structure

Tackling a mass of cascading locks of hair is best approached by first delineating the major forms and their sweep. See How to Draw Hair.

Rhythm is an important consideration in hair as it expresses both the timbre and movement (velocity) of the composition. In Verna the main thrust of the compositon is an upward clockwise movement; the main body of the hair, however, travels anti-clockwise providing a rhythmic counterpoint.

Verna's gaze also possesses significant weight and contributes to the overall Qualities (Opposition/Transition) of the picture's design.

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