I’m not adding any more hairs on the left side of the eyebrow because I don’t know if that will be enough yet. I’ll be able to decide later when I draw the upper portion of the eyebrow.
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As for the shape, there’s no one correct way. Just play around with different shapes while following along the brow bone.
If you think it still looks pasted on, use a sharp H pencil to draw really light hairs around the top and side.
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When filling in the middle portion of the eyebrow, focus on drawing hairs that flow in the direction that seems most natural to you.
At this point, the eyebrow still looks like it’s sort of pasted onto the face. We’ll fix this in the next step.
If you want to draw clean, sharp eyebrows, shade the area above the eye and blend it out first before you start. It doesn’t have to be perfect. This step eliminates the amount of shading and blending you’ll have to do later on.
Eyebrow hairs are usually shorter at the end of the eyebrow and as a rule of thumb, the lighter the hair, the shorter it is.
Your ultimate goal is to get a smooth transition from upward pointing to downward pointing hairs.
We want to draw hairs that point in 3 main directions: Up, down and from left to right (or right to left if you’re drawing the left eyebrow).
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With your fingers, put some pressure along your eyebrow and move the skin up and down. You’ll find that your eyebrows grow along the brow bone. The brow bone is the protruding area directly above your eye socket. When you don’t know where to draw an eyebrow, visualize the eye socket around the eye.
Now, add an additional row or two. Remember to draw hairs at the beginning of the eyebrow longer than ones at the end.
Add an additional layer or two. As the ends of the hairs start coming in contact with the upward pointing hairs, allow your strokes to slowly merge into the same direction.
When you add the hair, don’t make the hairiness appear overdone. Doing so will make the eyebrows look unreal, too thick, or just not good. Sometimes it takes time to capture every little detail. Keep practicing.
The structure of this tutorial will be similar to my previous one on eyelashes: examples with explanations and then application in a step by step format.
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Drawing eyebrows can be tricky but with practice, you will develop the ability to create very expressive moods on a face with the use of the eyebrows alone. Perfecting the eyebrow style takes time. This tutorial will teach you two methods of drawing an eyebrow. Let’s begin!
In addition to your tools, you’ll need an eyebrow reference. It’s easiest to use yourself as one, but you can also snap a photo of another person’s eyebrows, too. But regardless of whose they are, you’ll want a reference that clearly defines shape, size and relationship to eyes.
If you see any inconsistencies in value or you think you’d like a darker eyebrow, go over some hairs with a sharp 4B mechanical pencil and darken overlapping hairs or individual hairs that you want to stand out more than others.
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Hey guys! In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to draw realistic and subtle eyebrows. Learn how to draw eyebrows that compliment a drawing instead of sticking out like a sore thumb!
It’s up to you how you want to design your eyebrow, so you can add more hair if you want.
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Can you spot what’s different in the image for this step? I’ve added shadows in the forest of hair. If you shaded the skin as light as mine, use a 2B pencil to shade over your entire eyebrow. Don’t press too hard.
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Learning how to draw eyebrows will better convey expression on faces.
We’re going to draw hairs going in several different directions. Using a sharp 2B pencil, let’s start by drawing a single row on the bottom and go from left to right. These hairs grow in the upward direction and start pointing downward near the end of the eyebrow.
Keep your strokes fairly thin. I always try to keep the tip of my pencil as sharp as possible for each stroke. Once your pencil starts to become blunt, individual hairs will blur together and eventually disappear as they blend in with each other.
Eyebrow length varies from person to person, but the average length is only slightly longer than the length of the eye itself.
When you really study eyebrows, you’ll notice that at least some skin shows between and below the hairs. Because of this, I mimicked “skin” by adding a thin layer of graphite to my paper before working on top of it. I lightly pressed my pencil onto the paper and then used my fingers to smudge the surface. This step is totally optional, but can give you a good medium tone to start from.
Time to draw the upper portion of hair. I usually draw the first row really thin/light and then increase the thickness/darkness with the following rows.
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Remember, eyebrows are a combination of small hairs, plus areas where they look brushed together. To make your drawing appear realistic, include this combination on both eyebrows.
You might avoid this step if you the eyebrows are blonde or appear very faint on your subject.
You don’t need any special materials for drawing eyebrows — just use your favorite drawing paper, eraser, and pencils. I found that a mechanical pencil was great for small, precise details, and an HB wood pencil was ideal for soft shading and drawing larger shapes.
While that’s great for cartoons and manga, it’s quite unrealistic.
Be very careful not to overdo it. It’s hard to erase thin lines. If you do need to erase any hairs or make them appear lighter, pinch your kneaded eraser until it looks as sharp as a knife and then press it directly on the hair to lift a layer of graphite away.
Okay, last step! We just added some shadows inside the boundary of the eyebrow. Now it’s time to draw shadows around the outside. If your light source is coming from the top (like mine), draw your shadows directly below the eyebrow and/or sides only. Subtle shadows will do. Avoid hard edges!
Bonus: To give your eyebrows context, trying drawing the eyes. This step-by-step guide will show you how!
Do not outline it like the image below. It will be very obvious in your final drawing and a complete pain to erase!
With an H pencil, use my shadow-lining technique to outline the shape you want the eyebrow to have. If you use this technique, your outlines will blend in perfectly when you draw the actual hairs later.
Make slight changes in the hair direction and amount of curve. Join some hairs together by their ends as well.
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Here’s where you give the eyebrows their character! Use a fine-tip or mechanical pencil to draw their short, fine hairs. Look closely at your reference photo to mimic them. Ask yourself: What direction are they going? Are they slanting up or down? Do they appear individually or in large groups? Depending on where the hair sits on the brow, they will appear shorter or longer.
Before you begin drawing the eyebrows, first figure out where they’ll go on your page. Draw a line down the middle of the composition to signify the bridge of the nose, then sketch almond-like shapes for the eyes. Afterwards, draw a rectangle above each eye to note where the eyebrow will sit.
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Eyebrow hairs also come in a variety of shapes such as the ones below. Find the right combination/grouping to get your desired look or just go with the flow.
Add a thicker rugged line following the form of the curved line drawn previously.
Once you’ve drawn your eyebrow shapes, use a soft pencil to apply an overall tone. This is optional, but could be helpful if you’re drawing someone with dark eyebrows. It will also give them the appearance of being fuller.
Slow down and carefully plan the placement of each stroke you make and try to make them as unpredictable as possible. Avoid predictable patterns like the ones below.
Drawing eyes may be the best way to convey what someone is thinking or feeling, but the eyebrows play an important role, too. They accompany the expressions being conveyed, and their emotion will make your portrait appear more convincing and realistic.
If you used the shadow lining technique for your outline in step 1, you will notice that it has blended in well and there should be no need to erase it.
In this step, I didn’t add any new hairs. I just looked at which ones were overlapping and used the sharpest edge of my 4B mechanical pencil to darken those areas. This will make the eyebrow look more interesting.
Based on the curved line drawn previously, draw lines to add volume to the eyebrow.
Do not make the mistake of drawing a single row of hairs in an attempt to cover the entire eyebrow. More on that later.
Now that you’ve identified where your eyebrows will go, draw their shapes. This is easier said than done, so I use this trick: Start at the thickest part of the eyebrow and break it into two, three or four smaller shapes. Make sure each element overlaps with one another, as this will help the overall shape to feel like a cohesive brow.