So true. The reason you need to reference, is 1. Only you can study it to actually learn for next time2. There are different types of curly hair3. Studying light on hair is just easential to know how it looks.
So first I draw the basic shape of a curl. And you have to do this all over the head, some will overlap others some will be shorter than others most of them will hang in different directions.Don’t forget hair starts at the scalp then will head outwards before haning down, if it is long.
With your reference photo follow the curls down, drawing each section as you see it. Then the realistic look will come easy as you render the hair, filling in the shadows and using each stroke of your pencil/brush or whatever media you use to follow along with the hair.
You can color in all the shadows and the light areas, while just putting highlighted and darkened strands overtop to save time but detail is the look your going for, so this will be as many strands as you see.
Hair will usually have out of place strands here and there, add these using a lighter pencil or pen where the light hits and darker ones around the edge of the head. The more effort and time you spend on the peice, the more realistic it will become.
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Here’s where the fun begins and you start to bring the curls to life. While all hair is different, there are some general guidelines when defining curls:
I work with charcoal on paper. The answer will be short because curly hair is done the same way all other hair. First use very sharp pencils of variable hardness as well as a white pencil. I have used a ragged edge metal strip to scratch away a layer of paint to reveal the layer below, I have not used this on charcoal.
The one tool that I have found very useful is a very sharp electric eraser. It will cut away the dense areas and do the same as the scratch strip with a different look. As far as the placement and lighting you will need to refer to a photo or model for the details of placement.
Remember, do not hurry! Your drawing is going to be seen long after we are all gone so a extra day or two on the hair will give you a century or more of viewers and admirers.
Here is a new idea you could try:Things required- charcoal dust and an old stiffened paint brushCollect charcoal dust in a shallow dish (a dry portion on the palate works). Using the stiff brush, dab a little charcoal on it and produce strokes on your paper.
After you have a vague/generalized form that you want you can modify it easily by erasing the excess and adding gentle light-handed strokes with pencils in the direction of the curl desired.I like this technique since it minimizes the effort required to fill the entire volume of the curl with pencil strokesWorks best on somewhat smooth surface.
Hope it helped 🙂
Think of curls like ribbons. They start at the part and hang from there. Imagine that you’re wrapping a package and curling ribbon. Think about that structure as you’re drawing the hair. The strands are going to twist over onto themselves, so you’ll have parts that are the “front” of the curl and the “back.
” The front will overlap with the back, which will appear smaller and less curved.Not every curl can be super curly. Hair is layered, and the pieces that are toward the sides and the back of the head generally aren’t as curly.
Instead, they’ll probably be more of soft waves. So, to make your drawn head of hair appear natural, focus on several ringlets and imply a wavy texture behind them.Vary curl length. If you, or you know someone that has curly hair, they’ll tell you that layers are an important part of their hairstyle — especially if the texture is ringlets.
This keeps the hair from being one large poof. With this in mind, vary the length of your curls. One near the top of the head will be shorter than what’s at the bottom.Longer curly hairstyles will be more curly at the tips.
The top of the head will have straighter hair because the length of the curls will weight them down.5. Shade the hair to give it definition.
For this tutorial, I’m using basic art supplies: my favorite drawing paper, pencils and eraser. I don’t have a reference photo so I can feel free to style any sort of curls I like.
Because the focus of this drawing is the hair, I’m just starting out by drawing an oval for my head and then attaching a neck to it. I put some guide lines where the nose and eyes would be, too.
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Everyone has a defining physical feature. Maybe it’s striking eyes, full lips or even ringlets of curls. This type of textured hairstyle might seem tricky to draw, but it doesn’t have to be.
AHHH!!! You can’t! I have tried it is impossible! Then again… I haven’t really tried practicing it. Maybe if i work on drawing curly hair every day for a few free minutes and looks t references I will be able to. Sure results won’t be immediate, but the product will be fantastic. Yeah that’s what I’ll do! Maybe trying that will help you to.
In all seriousness the best way to learn how to draw something is to just practice over and over.
This is as simple as drawing wavy lines to indicate where your curls will go. Since I’m drawing a longer hairstyle, my curls will be long and relaxed. If you’re going shorter, however, you’ll want to your lines shorter and more zigzag-like.
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Once you’ve spent time perfecting the curls, it’s time to shade them. This will give the hair form and depth. Since this is a sketch, you don’t have to do any intensive shading. But, do darken around the ringlets and the underside of the curls. You’ll be surprised just how much life it gives them!
Now, draw in a general shape of where the hair will lay. This is an important step in the process. Here, you determine the length and style of the hair based on its silhouette. You can see I went for a longer hairstyle that dips below the shoulders, but feel free to make the hair any length you like.
My High School Art teacher would simply turn the photo upside down (that we were struggling with). Oddly, even though you know you are looking at an upside-down photo of curly hair, it’s like disconnecting from attempts to imitate meticulous spirals and shifting it more into basic lines, that weirdly worked like a charm.