How to Draw Hair

Drawing Hair the Easy Way

One of the biggest mistake beginners have with drawing hair is that they over complicate the process by trying to draw all the hair. That is a natural tendency as most people what to draw what they see. But hair is one of those things where less truly is more. Hair is too complicated, and really too distracting, to have all of it drawn. It is much more effective and easier on the eye when it is selectively drawn. Sometimes, a series of small flicks from your pencil is all you need for the hair.

The Simple Hair

To draw hair with ease, all you have to do is first identify the major flow of the hair. Just imagine if your hair only have a small amount of large strands. Those large strands will define your hair style. Then start shading in the strands and from there add some smaller strands for variations. This is best illustrated than trying to describe the process in words. So just check out the video below and in no time you’ll be drawing good looking hair that is also fun to do. So don’t kill yourself on drawing every single hair strands you see.

Drawing Different Hairstyles

Since my previous hair intro video, I have created some more videos illustrating how to draw specific hairstyles.They are straight, wavy, and curvy.

Straight Hair

It is a bit easier to draw straight hair since there is a limited amount changes in direction for the hair, therefore creating less shadowing. This is the simplest hairstyle to draw.

Wavy Hair

With wavy hair, it is important to identify the flow of each major strand. Always start drawing the major strands before the smaller strands. The minor strands are not as important as they do not dictate the overall flow of the hair.

Curvy Hair

For drawing curly hair, try to simplify the curls since there will be many many curls. This could get daunting depending on the size of the curl. For hair with very small curls, generic shading with some curl detail is preferred. You don’t want to draw too many small curls as that becomes to distracting to the drawing.

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