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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.

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)

Outlines of various hairstyles you might want to consider to frame your characters face.

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

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

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This drawing could be simpler still.  Even if you only focus on shape and value within the hair, you can still show hair effectively, as the Seurat drawing at the top illustrates.

I added in thin lines underneath the outer layers to show dimension in the hair in order to show volume and create depth and overlap. I also added thin lines around the outer masses to show that the hair has dimension to it.

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.

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:

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

Drawing hair is probably one of my favourite things to sketch because you can be completely creative with it. You can invent a whole spectrum of new characters by changing them up with a radical hairstyle. Drawing hair is also great for practicing your brushstrokes if you are new to digital sketching; not forgetting to mention it feels extremely therapeutic to draw repeated wispy details. With a bit of study and practice you will be drawing luscious locks that look just like the real thing. Here is How to Draw Hair in Detail by Ashley Bachar.

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.

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

The top layer is much larger to show looseness in the bun. It is followed by a layer beneath showing hair that is pulled much tighter on the sides of the head. The bottom chunk is hair that is falling loosely at the bottom that is being pulled down as well by gravity.

The last section is the bun outline showing hair that folds and wraps into itself.

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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As with so many aspects of drawing, less is often more. Overworking any area can detract from the rest of the image, and hair is one of those areas that can easily be overworked. For the ultimate lesson in just how simply hair can be drawn, look at George Seurat’s The Artist’s Mother from 1883.

Drawing realistic hair can seem daunting because we artists sometimes get caught up in just how many strands of hair we can see, and lose sight of the big picture. The key to drawing great hair is to think about shape and value, and not always the finest details.

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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

4 steps for drawing hair Close look at drawing a small lock of hair How to draw curly hair (Mini tutorial) How to draw short hair (Mini tutorial) Expanded tutorial is now available! With over 2000 words of valuable content + detailed images!

Using a light pencil, draw your outline of the shape of the hair. You can draw lines to indicate the shape and direction of the hair, but be careful not to get carried away at this point. Note that hair does not always fall down away from the top of the head. In this woman, the hair at the front of the hairline is pulled back behind the ear, and it droops enough that the shape of hairline between the ear and top of the forehead is concealed. This will not always be the case, so observe carefully.

Before we get started we need to figure out what hairstyle we want to draw on our character. The easiest way to start is by locating the hairline and determining how the hair is going to fall over and frame the face.

There are as many hairline types as there are people, but here are a few general examples to get you started on drawing different frames.

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

The way you render the strands of hair makes a significant difference on the overall texture you are trying to emulate. If you want to draw short hair, draw short choppy strokes. On the flip side, if you want to draw long hair make longer strokes. It might sound a little straightforward, but believe me it makes a big difference. You can also reduce the pen pressure in order to get thin tapering lines that capture the soft wispiness of individual hair strands.

Pay close attention to how you want the hair to be chunked together and how the hair will fall over the head. These arrows show the direction in which the hair is being pulled into a bun. Think about the direction you want the hair to go in and what parts will overlap each other. Start to define more pieces of hair.

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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.

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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.

To create this messy bun (above), I drew four sections. In each section the hair is doing something different:

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Start with a bald head. Once you’ve done this, our friend will be in need of a snazzy new hairdo.

You can allow some lines to cross the highlights, but not all. For the most part, the highlights will follow the contours of the head. Some strands will cross over others, and may have different highlights if they project out or do not follow the shape of the head, as with the group of strands behind the woman’s ear.

Finer and narrower areas of value can be laid down using a charcoal pencil. Some areas need to remain light, as they will serve as your highlights. Also, remember that it’s not necessary to indicate every hair.

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Not all hair is the same, which means you will need to alter your technique when you are drawing hair textures. With all the crazy hair types out there you want to be able to accurately portray each unique texture using the right strokes. Hair types generally fall into the three categories: straight hair, wavy hair, and curly. 

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To begin drawing hair, start with drawing of the face and head. Even if your subject has big hair, it’s important to understand where the head is located underneath. The head determines how the hair falls, whether or not the hair is full-bodied and coarse or thin and limp. It is useful to indicate the shape of the hairline at this phase, and show the location of the ear, even if you know it will partially or completely covered by hair.

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.

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.

Our character has a somewhat complicated hairdo, but yours can be as simple as you like.

You can rough out the character’s hairline in a temporary layer. The blue coloured area represents the scalp which determines the edge of the hairline and where all the hair grows from. This is helpful when framing the face with hair and will help you as a guideline in determining where your characters hair is rooted.

Straight hair: Straight hair is the easiest texture to achieve. Simply draw straight lines down or in the direction of hair flow if the hair is tied up. Wavy hair: Similar to straight hair but slightly alter your lines into long “S” shapes to give that natural beachy wave effect.

Curly hair: Drawing curly hair is kind of like drawing wavy hair except the “S” shapes are much shorter and more condensed.

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!

One tip to to consider when trying to achieve a look with hair that is tightly pulled back or wet is that it will appear flatter. You can draw the hair much closer to the scalp to create this effect. I am going for a slightly volumized look in my drawing, but you can also consider these other options for more straight hair (below).

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Hair is made up of thousands of strands layered on top of one another. To save you the pain of drawing each individual strand, understanding shadows, midtones, and highlights will help you achieve realistic texture without all the extra time. I start by filling in the overall mass with a fancy midtone colour of my choice as a base colour. I then go in with a darker shade and add shadows around the sides of the mass following the direction of hair flow. For the final shine factor, add in thin highlights in areas that you want to pop forward.

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

Another method you can try for practice, is rendering the hair completely in black and white and then overlaying the colour after so that you can easily translate visually without getting mixed up in your colour palette.

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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.

There are no individual strands and dramatic highlights. Only her subtly drawn part gives any indication of the shape of her hair, while the lightness at the top tells us it’s probably light brown or blonde, rather than very dark.

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)

The way you render the strands of hair makes a significant difference on the overall texture you are trying to emulate.

Using a darker drawing tool such as conte crayon or charcoal, start to lay down the location of the darkest values in the hair. It often helps to use the edge of your too here, and to lay down the values in blocks, rather than think too carefully about the direction of the hair.

Start to fill in the mass with more detailed lines to give the volumes more texture so that they don’t look like solid chunks.

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.

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

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.

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

Next, draw the overall volume of the hair and then break it up into pieces. Hair sits above the head so the overall mass will extend around the scalp. Big hair don’t care! There is no right or wrong way to draw hair as they come in different volumes and thicknesses. It all depends on how you want your character to look.

And of course let’s not forget good old beards and moustaches!

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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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.

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:

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.

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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.

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)

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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)



Guard your paper, This is definitely a valuable pencil sketching technique for beginners: place a piece of report under me to stay away from smudging your drawing when you`re working. It appears clear , but it can become the downfall of some sort of great piece of job ! Healy also prefers to be able to mount her paper about a board, attaching that using a layer involving matte medium. This will help keep things neat, and even provides an excellent surface to be able to work.

Make use of the correct grip, The first phase is usually to master how to be able to hold a pencil effectively . Chiu recommends holding the particular pencil as if you could some sort of piece of charcoal, and even taking advantage of typically the side of the guide to draw, rather as compared to the point. This will help maintain your pencil sharper with regard to longer. When covering significant areas, I shade along with my pencil perpendicular in order to the line I`m pulling to get wide, gentle lines, he adds. Intended for details, I hold the pencil parallel to my personal lines to get razor-sharp , narrow marks. The just time I use typically the thing is when I`m working on intricate specifics

Beyond of which , different artists have various approaches to lines -- you need to discover the style that`s best suited for you. I choose to use a distinctive outline in my art , be it using thin sets out or bold outlines, ` says Healy. It may help pinpoint the audience`s eye to a specific area. Additionally, it gives some sort of stylised look, if of which is what you happen to be hoping to achieve. Chiu, however, prefers a various approach. I try in order to avoid outlining my sketches because this tends to be able to make things look toned and deadens the 3D IMAGES effect. Breaks and spots in my lines present form in the lamps and shadows.

Unify your colors , Having an uniform technique to colour will assist provide cohesiveness to your function . It`s a good concept to make sure of which your artwork has unifying colours, says Healy. `This consists of a certain colour palette, mood plus a way of spreading these kinds of through the entire art part . In addition, she recommends creating a harmonious bottom by using tinted papers or adding a backdrop wash of colour (in paint). This will present through whatever you lie down on top of that , thus giving it the appearance of cohesion. If I use coloured pencils, I`m fond of making use of tinted paper produced by simply Kraft.

Touch up your skills with these kinds of pencil drawing techniques, with regard to both graphite and female pencils. These pencil pulling techniques from top musicians will allow you to take your pulling skills one stage additional , whether you`re using graphite pencil or coloured pencils. For many artists, pen drawing is the expertise that introduced them to be able to the art world, in addition to even if you`ve advanced to a different moderate , understanding how to attract with a pencil may help you better your abilities elsewhere. These pencil attracting techniques cover many methods from the particular basics of mark-making in order to advanced processes to force you out of your current comfort zone. We`ll present advice on the equipment and materials you require to know, such since blending stumps, paper choices , and different erasers. When you`re a total novice , or just want to be able to upgrade your kit, consider a look at each of our guide to the very best pencils.

Create cloth , Fabric can range coming from sleek and shiny to be able to matte and dull. Just how you shade it may help sell the concept of the information you`re seeking to depict. Just for this drawing , von Reuden is intending to be able to capture the golden folds over of material found inside the original image. He or she began by outlining the particular shapes and blocking out and about regions of shadow.

Try combining pencils along with watercolour, While pencils in their own enables you to produce a wealth of diverse effects, it can end up being interesting to combine these other media. For illustration , in her work, Healy loves to combine watercolour in addition to coloured pencils. It`s significant to begin with watercolour in addition to then layer coloured pencils on top, she clarifies , because pencils can make a waxy surface of which repels liquid, and helps prevent the watercolour from putting into the paper. This particular is a fun strategy to try out, the girl says. Both mediums possess unique qualities and smoothness . Combining the two components provides an impressive medium all involving its own.

Utilize right eraser, There will be a few various kinds of eraser, and each is best suited to various things. You`ll definitely need a kneaded eraser. This has some sort of putty-like consistency (it`s occasionally known as putty eraser), and you knead that before and after make use of . A kneaded eraser will be best for lightly finding up the coloured pen binding off the document . This works wonders if correcting mistakes, or when you`re deliberately lifting shade from an area including the eyes, says Healy. A new gum eraser has the more solid consistency, plus is better if you`re trying to fully remove a coloured-in area. Des Reuden continues: I firmly believe in letting pure intuition take over in typically the creation process so My partner and i work with the underdrawing more as a guide . This implies the final effect varies.

Master blending together , Healy has a certain process for blending your ex coloured pencil work. The lady depends on an put together , to check the type is proper before carrying out to coloured pencil (it`s much harder to remove coloured-in areas than the outline). It also allows her plan where the particular highlights and shadows can fall. She then forms up colour using simple layers. I love to be able to start out with very soft gentle layers to obtain a better notion of light placement, shadows along with the coloring palette, she says. Right after each layer she mixes gently using the mixing stump. Once she features reached a stage she`s happy with, she steps on to the ultimate step: adding an description . For this final part , Healy uses coloured pencils alone, and does not really blend with a stump.

Draw on your individual experiences, Dip into your own experiences to add a particular layer of authenticity for your piece, suggests Healy. What this means is using something like the memory, feeling or smell when making your work. Intended for example, the special sense you experienced when sitting down down with a good friend at the coffee shop, or even a memory of your the child years experience. You can end up being abstract or use hyperrealism. What you may choose makes typically the piece unique to an individual . I`ve found that men and women resonate with these bits the most.

Categorise your current fabric, Von Reuden clarifies how one can add value plus shading to create even more layers of depth plus weight. He admits of which , when drawing and re-creating fabric, the types involving wrinkles created can most be placed under a few separate categories: hanging/relaxed, stretched/tension, and scrunched/compressed. Hanging material tends to be shed and have a going appearance. Stretched fabric makes long lines, usually using a point of help . Compressed fabrics bunch straight into each other, creating scrunched-looking areas.

Mix up covering techniques, There are plenty of different pencil pulling techniques relating to covering . Chiu uses two major approaches. The first is definitely with all the outlines going in the identical direction. `This makes my personal shading appear more natural, and helps my particulars pop out from typically the lines I`m using intended for shading, he explains. The particular second method involves functioning in patches of covering , to help define condition . Patches of lines circumvent the form, which aid keep things in viewpoint , he says. This method is furthermore great for backgrounds in addition to creating texture.

Use contrasting concepts, One particular drawing technique Healy makes use of in her work is usually to use contrasting aspects within a piece associated with work, for instance, juxtaposing beauty and ugliness. Items use the beauty involving colours, flowers, the gentleness of skin or tresses , plus the female form. I am going to also tend to work with something option opposite to be able to all of that, for example bones, insects, sharp tooth , or anything that may possibly provide discomfort to the particular viewer, she elaborates. `Somehow this provides a fascinating principle to a piece. Particularly when the `ugly` parts substantially harder to spot with first. To me it is a very stark representation regarding what life is just like

Find the right document texture, The surface structure you`re working on may make a big distinction towards the effects you may create. It is referred in order to as the grain or perhaps `tooth` of the report . A rough tooth is usually more visible, and typically the ridges will grip typically the colour from your pencils. Which has a smooth tooth, typically the ridges are very great , and there`s less grasp . Healy finds this sort of paper provides the easier surface for blending together coloured pencils, although your woman warns that it`s likewise easy to perform the coloring off the surface.

Know when should you prevent , The majority of performers usually tend to tinker with their own work - even right after they`ve signed their title . I can always discover something to change in case I look hard plenty of , so it can become difficult to share when a new piece is truly done , says Chiu. However, be skeptical of overworking your item . `Eventually, I make the conscious decision to set my drawing away in addition to start something new, this individual continues. `That`s when My partner and i consider my drawing completed

Start off lightly and build coming from there, While i start pulling , I plan and check out using loose lines, and even avoid committing ahead of time using hard, dark lines, states Chiu. As I develop my lines will modify , so checking and rechecking my work is crucial . I darken my outlines and add details with the end. I do not give attention to one area intended for too long to avoid overdrawing. Begin with an underdrawing, Artist Tim von Reuden likes to start using a digital underdrawing of which he prints at one particular per cent Opacity. Over , you can observe the underdrawing associated with his sketch of some sort of woman holding a staff members . He explains, I enjoy to keep it gentle so that it provides for a foundation rather than some sort of final image.

Try out different approaches to traces , Another drawing technique issues line weight. As properly as demarcating different items , lines can help stress shadows. Thicker lines may fade and disappear to the shadows, which can assist convey the 3D kind , explains Chiu.

Short on time? That above, from character artist Bobby Chiu, runs by means of some pencil drawing connected with action. For considerably more in-depth suggestions about composition to be able to how to capture light source and shadow, check out the art techniques article. Or perhaps , for inspiration, have a look at this specific roundup of unbelievably genuine pencil drawings.

Rescue their life from your comfort zone, Although these pencil drawing methods should help you know the essentials in the channel , sometimes you need in order to toss the rules out and about of the window in order to find what works for a person . There`s nothing wrong together with stepping outside of typically the box if it indicates achieving the effect a person want, says Healy. Experimentation will occur when a person step outside of of which box. But don`t end up being intimidated! The process will be entirely fun.

Use a stump intended for soft blending, How a person blend your work can easily have a big influence on the final result. Intended for a soft blended result , try a blending stump. After each light level , I very gently mix the coloured pencils using the stump, says US-based artist Jennifer Healy. Avoid push too hard or even the colour will keep , making it more challenging in order to softly blend. I do it again this process as frequently when i need. After a lot of layers it produces a new very soft and sensitive look. This technique needs a little trial and mistake , though. Healy warns that will if you blend also softly, the stump could pick up colour that will you`ve already layered around the paper.

Check and recheck, Before you begin tougher lines and detail do the job , it`s essential to be sure to have the correct contact form down. Chiu`s advice is usually to check and examine again. I must nail straight down my drawing`s underpinnings just before I can add information . I really avoid estimating on the details: I desire to make sure almost everything is symmetrical and appear right before writing better and harder lines. They also suggests considering your current work in a reflection or through a digicam . Considering different vantage items is a great solution to highlight if anything will be crooked. I constantly request myself, does this experience right? If anything looks off - even in the event that I can`t immediately set my finger of what this is #NAME? have confidence in my gut and troubleshoot my drawing before moving forward


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