I shaved off all of my body hair and made a life-size self-portrait. [More weird, than NSFW, but contains pubic hair] Picture here
There are a couple of things that I'm not happy about, and I would like to try to fix them, if possible, and remake the piece.
1) The finished piece comes across as much hairier than I am in real life. On the one hand, I think that the glue makes the hair look darker. For the first version, I laid out the hair and then blotted a mix of elmer's glue/water on top of it. Is there some kind of spray-on adhesive or something else that might not add any additional color/thickness to the hair? Or maybe I could rub the outline with a glue stick and then sprinkle the hair on top of it?
2) The hair turned out much clumpier and matted than my natural body hair is. My normal arm hair looks something like this
. Is there some way to straighten the hair on the piece so it has that natural look to it? Even my chest isn't particularly curly, and tends to have more of the natural parallel lines to it.
3) I think the white paint probably made things stand out more. I did a quick comparison between paint
and natural wood
. Does it seem like the wood tone would be a better background for the piece?
If anyone has any other ideas or suggestions for this piece, I would be curious to hear them.