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How To Draw Hair Curls

How To Draw Hair Curls How To Draw Hair Curls

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.

1. Practice drawing curls using a cylindrical shape. This will help you achieve realistic curls with plenty of volume.

Having difficulty drawing heads? Click here to learn how to draw one from the front and here to draw one from side.

You can add more or less detail depending on the level of realism you are trying to achieve.

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.

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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.

An average human head contains around 150,000 strands of hair. Just the thought of this can be very discouraging. First of all, you don’t need to spend 90% of your time meticulously drawing your subject’s hair. In fact, this step can be done so quickly it might even become your favorite step. The key to adding texture is using confident, steady strokes and maintaining a consistent flow.

2. Sometimes it helps to make associations. So think of a curl as a ribbon. They have many ringlets which stretch further apart near the bottom. Use curvy lines and avoid any straight lines in order to achieve a more realistic feel and flow. (4B)

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.

Click here to go to the expanded version of this mini tutorial (more than 2000 words and tons of detailed images)

Are you struggling when it comes to drawing hair? Drawing hair can be an intimidating task for those who are just learning how to draw. With the overwhelming amount of detail and commitment required, many people lose their patience and resort to a series of sloppy scribbles.

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1. Construct the shape of the head and position the ear in the correct place. (4B) Click here to learn how to draw a head/face from the side and where to draw the ear. 2. Draw a loose outline of the hair using strokes that flow in the actual direction the hair is pointing. (4B) 3. Shade the dark areas, keeping in mind this step is for helping you see the big picture. (6B) 4. Add texture by working on one area of the hair at a time. Outlining groups of hair and then adding texture is also a good technique. For thin hair, use ‘v’ shapes to taper most hair ends. Keep in mind that thick hair usually does not taper at the ends. Instead, most hairs will stand on their own. (4B, 6B, 8B)

A head of hair contains many shades, so before you start scribbling away, take some time to determine where the light source is coming from and how it will affect the tonal value of the hair. If you are working off a reference image where the lighting is too soft, posterize the image or turn up the contrast using a free image editing program such as gimp in order to exaggerate the 3 different shades – Making them much easier to identify.

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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.

In all seriousness the best way to learn how to draw something is to just practice over and over.

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When creating your first layer of pencil strokes, mix it up with a variety of different line weights. I use a mixture of dull and sharpened pencils as well as mechanical pencils. As you are creating each stroke, remember to press and then lift as you approach the area you want to highlight. Work your strokes inwards so they fade in the middle of the lock.

Pencils by Derwent Mechanical Pencils with 0.5mm HB and 4B Ain lead by Pentel Kneaded Eraser

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:

Add a second layer of strokes. In this stage, I usually opt for a 0.5mm HB–4B for touch-ups and a very dull 6B to fill some white space without making it look too busy.

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.

For hair ends, work outwards so your hair tapers nicely without looking too blunt and dull.

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.

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.

Tip: You can produce long, continuous and smooth lines using an overhand grip on your pencil  while harnessing the power of your elbow and shoulder instead of your fingers and wrist.

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.

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It contains additional tips, techniques and close ups so you see exactly what I’m doing.

Once you have the lighting down, start drawing boundary lines between groups of hair that appear to be overlapping. Decide where you want the light to fall and then outline those areas using the shadow lining technique. Shade your way around the highlights. If you often find yourself getting lost in the details, this step will help you keep track of the overall lighting so you can be more confident when drawing the individual hairs.

It helps to make loose outlines of the skull before you start drawing hair. If you draw hair without the 3 dimensional shape of the human head in mind, it will lack volume and you risk chopping off a part of the skull. Hair hugs the head, but it isn’t plastered to it. For most people with long hair, you can expect at least 2 centimeters of “hair height” on top of their actual height and at least 2 centimeters on the sides as well.

To some of us, drawing hair can be a nightmare. But a change in your approach can help you leave those fears behind. In this tutorial, I will introduce 4 simple steps for drawing realistic looking hair.

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Drawing short hair is really no different than drawing long hair, except that you will find yourself covering less ground in the same amount of time because the strands are much shorter.

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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.

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3. Pay attention to the highlighted areas of the hair and keep it consistent. For this example, the highlight is in the center. As you can see, the hairs closest to the front have more prominent highlights than the back. (6B)

If you’re having difficulties drawing long hair because your pencil strokes are too short or choppy, try holding your pencil further away from the tip. This will give you more range of motion, producing longer, smoother strokes.

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 🙂

Work on one part of the hair at a time, while following the general direction in which the strands flow. In dark areas, don’t be afraid to press hard (I used a 6B to 8B for these areas). To bring out highlights, flatten your kneaded eraser and swipe it in the desired direction. The eraser will become too dirty after the first swipe, so fold it in and flatten after each stroke.

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Are you ready to draw some hair? Let’s implement the steps and techniques above in the 2 mini tutorials below! Pencils I will be using: 4B, 6B, 8B

4. Use swift strokes to add texture. Break free from patterns and boring lines by overlapping or adding stray hairs. Be creative and look to reference images or even the mirror for inspiration. (4B, 8B)

This is my longest tutorial to date! I hope it covers everything. If you want to see more tutorials like this one, please let me know. Also, don’t forget to share the love using the share buttons below 🙂 Does the thought of drawing hair make you cringe? Let me know in the comments!

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!

In order to draw hair with flow, you need to be aware of the structure underneath. For long hairstyles in their resting state, the hair flows down, hugs the head and wraps around the shoulders. Somewhat like a liquid. You want to begin by sketching the basic structure of the hair and keep your strokes loose and simple.

Drawing hair isn’t just a bunch of lines in boring repetitive patterns. Use the 4 techniques below to make your drawings more interesting to the eye.

Click the following link and hit the download button beside the printer icon to download the PDF: RapidFireArt Tutorials – How to Draw Realistic Hair The Ultimate Tutorial

Keep doing this until you achieve desired results. If you want to create a shiny look or replicate harsh lighting, try to keep the highlights fairly clean. You can use an eraser if need be.

Drawing curly hair is really fun and absolutely great for building confidence when it comes to adding texture.

The steps below can be used for drawing all sorts of hairstyles from short to long and straight to curly hair. So without any further ado, let’s jump right into the lesson! Here are 4 things you need to keep in mind when it comes to drawing realistic hair:

UPDATE: I’ve broken the steps down further (7 steps) in video format. It’s a really detailed video tutorial that covers 6 different hairstyles:

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