Respect the Beard


true love is like a beard

Men have wore beards since the begging of time. Beard act like protective barrier in cold climates, regulating the temperature and facilitation of perspiration a beard also act like sensory organs. So tickle that beard!


Respect the beard by eileen a www.ea-art.com

The idea of the bearded man came from the saying; that most bearded men use”respect the beard”I found a subject with a very particular beard. It looked trimmed but at the same time wild.


Respect the beard by eileen a www.ea-art.com

Throughout the course of history, society have influenced attitudes toward male beards. Depending on factors such as; Philosophers , prevailing cultural-religious traditions, the current era’s fashion trends and fear.

As the artistic mind started thinking of what techniques where going to be applied to make the beard; the man that I used as a subject quickly disappeared in thoughts and visualizations and he became a completely different bearded man.


Respect the beard by eileen a www.ea-art.com

The color palette: I have included pinks yes pink for a man portrait, because pink exist in all pale skin humans; A black beard to create a high contrast with the color of his eyes.


Respect the beard by eileen a www.ea-art.com

As the process flowed, I stopped coloring the beard and quickly grabbed my string art supplies and substituted the oil pastel hair for black acrylic thread.


Respect the beard by Eileen A. / www.ea-art.com

With hammer and nails on hand , continued working on the piece making his eyebrows and beard ready for the thread


Respect the beard by Eileen A. / www.ea-art.com

How many bundles did i used ? I can not certainly tell how many. It took three days and many bundles of thread to complete his beard


Respect the beard by Eileen A. / www.ea-art.com

As i was working in the piece a few friends came over and asked me if i had used rug to make his beard. Hand made rug indeed.


Respect the beard by Eileen A. / www.ea-art.com

Recently this awesome mixed media creation found a home where it will be enjoyed for years to come.


Respect the beard by Eileen A. / www.ea-art.com

But do not worry I am planning to make more bearded men…I will continue to have fun and create.

Thanks for reading





“True love love is like a beard, 

it never ends it only grows”