Are you still struggling to draw hair that genuinely looks good and realistic?
Then you are in the perfect place: this is an article showcasing step-by-step tutorials for drawing various hairstyles.
They will cover the basic straight hair, curly, frizzy, braids, ponytail, messy bun, short hair and so much more. So let’s jump right in!
Ensuring that you have the best supplies to get the job done is what is needed.
Because, believe it or not, part of successful outcome when it comes to drawing is having the right supplies on hand.
This way you will practice the skill and see how other artists are doing it so that you can improve.
Make sure that you are taking the time with laying the strokes and that they are always in the hair’s direction and it’s length.
The highlights on the strand of hair are created whenever there is a curved area. Usually, it appears in the curls and around the circumference of the face. Observe it on the photos, and paintings.
Patience and graduality is the key! Take your time with it. Take breaks, if you are impatient, but DO NOT rush.
That is the difference between a beautiful artwork and so so artwork.
Drawing curly hair might seem to be the most daunting to do.
Especially if it feels like there are too many of them, curls.
Usually, with the help of pencil lines, you can achieve the texture of the hair that you want.
Contrast, shades, and highlights are crucial when it comes to creating the depths of the hair.
The best way to draw frizzy or permed hair is to ensure the curls are not distinct, but much rather all more blended together to create the frizzier texture.
This is usually my favorite hairstyle to draw and to have. When drawing this style, V shapes are created when drawing animal fur, feathers, and flower petal.
It is important to constantly create the highlighted tones of the hair, contrasting with darker shades. It will allow to create the realistic depth.
When drawing hair, bands of light are the most crucial elements to creating a realistic finish.
Plaits are the most beautiful thing to draw when it comes to hair.
Below you can find two videos demonstrating two different techniques for drawing pretty braiding patterns.
Make sure you draw the outlines of the hair.
Then shade in lightly the hair starting from the lights to darkest and to gradually create the depth.
Firstly draw the outline for the hair. Contrast and the details are the keys to successfully drawing this style.
1. Sketch the outline of the hair and the overall shape.
It should be done with a light HB pencil or H.
Never use B pencil, as it will make the drawing look not the most professional.
2. The next step would be to sketch out the approximate lines where it will be dark and light.
3. Begin by shading in everything where it is dark, not with the darkest pencil, but with B or HB pencil. Especially in dark areas. That will lead to step by set, creating the gradual detailed depth and the highlights of the hair.
4. Start blending in, lightly with the pencil stump. Then lay in the hair strokes with the darker, 2B pencil as well as the highlights with the pencil eraser.
5. Continue gradually increasing the lightness and the darkness. It is best to learn this technique by watching some YouTube tutorials.
3. Begin shading in the dark areas with HB or B. That will start creating the depth. The mid-tone is should be shaded in with H.
4. Blend it with the stump in the highlight areas supposed to be.
5. Continue building up the tones, blending in more lights and more darks. Gradually build up the tones. The darkest tone will be the blackest that you can even use the black pencil and the white pencil for much more contrast.
Start off by drawing a cylindrical shape. It will help you achieve curls that look 3D.
Shade gradually in and create the desired look of the hair.
Looking at the reference is the most crucial part of the drawing as that will ensure that it will look realistic.
3. Now take your B or 2B pencil, and shade in the dark areas of the hair that you can see yourself.
4. Continue by working one hair area at a TIME. Blend in the strands, creating strokes in the same direction the hair grows.
5. Also, leave it until the next day and come back then for the final touches. Time away from your artwork will allow you see it with a new eyes.
Remember everything takes practice. It will take time to perfect this but, but eventually you will be able to draw whatever you want.
Set yourself the daily habit of drawing hair and copy the techniques used by the masters.
Finally, do not be afraid to ask for criticism as it will only allow you to challenge yourself to improve artistically!
If you enjoyed this article, you should also check out how to draw eyes realistically.
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