How to draw afro hair
Have fun and add some diversity to your models’ faces with this step-by-step tutorial on how to draw afro hair for your fashion sketches. Make sure they’re all models with equal amounts of skin tone, hair color, and underbrows.
How to draw afro hair in 10 steps:
How to draw a girl of color’s face, as well as fashion faces of any ethnicity, including African-Americans, in my online course on how to draw models of any race or ethnicity. For drawing the features of women of color, check out my online course on how to draw models of any race or ethnicity.
Step 2: Hair guidelines
Draw the hairline from various angles: front view hairline enters the forehead at the top center and at the temples area; back view hairline enters the forehead at the top center and at the temples area; draw a circle around the face and make sure it is not too close to the face; the further away it stays from the face, the more dramatic and interesting the hairstyle will look.
Step 3: Not that perfect
Draw a wavy silhouette line following the circle guideline. The silhouette line should not follow the guideline perfectly, but go in and out very tight. Pay attention to the direction of the lines!
Step 5: Draw the afro hairs curls
We’ll show you how to draw wavy curly hair in this tutorial. Draw parallel wavy lines and connect some of them to the hairline to make the curls look natural and natural, as if they were made with a curling iron instead of straight lines.
Step 6: More tiny curls
Break the hair outline and let the curls’ ends go out a bit. Real hair isn’t perfectly round no matter the hairstyle, and it should feel “alive” when it’s styled in different ways.
Step 7: The rebels
Draw tiny rebel hair here and there to give your fashion sketch a more natural look. You can draw more or less of these small curls depending on the face you’ve drawn and the effect you’re going for.
Step 8: Color
Normally, afro hair is dark, but to allow for shadows, try a base color other than black, such as very dark gray or dark brown. Just make sure the inside lines from the previous steps are still visible. Of course, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can experiment with red or even blond hair color. Just make sure it looks good next to the model’s skin tone and goes well with the model’s clothing.
Step 9: Bring the lights on
Color each curl in a lighter tone with colored pencils, then darken the outside edge with a black pencil, gently blending the beginning and end of the shading.
Step 10: Add depth to the roots
Shade the area closest to the face with a soft black pastel to bring the face of your model to life and add more realism to the hair. You may also want to lighten the part of the hair that stands in the middle between the face and the outline. The highlight should be barely visible and very, very soft.
Is black hair black?
Black hair is the darkest and most common of all human hair colors, due to larger populations with this dominant trait; it contains more eumelanin and is more dense than other hair colors; it is sometimes described as soft-black, raven black, or jet-black in English.
Is my hair type 4A or 4B?
His comments on Type 4 (Kinky) hair are actually quite simple: if you can see a distinct curl pattern, you have Type 4A hair; if you can’t see a distinct curl pattern, you have Type 4B hair.
What is a 4C hair?
4C hair is made up of tightly coiled strands with a very tight zig-zag pattern; it has no defined curl pattern and must be defined by twisting or shingling through the strands. It is the most delicate hair type and is more prone to shrinkage and dryness.