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 🙂
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.
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.
The feedback you provide will help us show you more relevant content in the future.
How do creators receive support with a ‘Buy Me A Coffee’ button?
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.
20,000+ creators use Buy Me A Coffee to accept tips and share exclusive content.
Envato Market has a range of items for sale to help get you started.
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.
In all seriousness the best way to learn how to draw something is to just practice over and over.