How to Draw Hair Step by Step
In this tutorial, I’ll show you a quick method for rendering and sketches that works on four different types of hair: long straight hair, short hair, wavy hair, and afro-textured hair.
Before You Start
The final product will suit both males and females with various hair types.
Draw the direction of the hair flowing down over the shoulders, keeping in mind that you’re only drawing the flow of the hair, not the individual hairs.
Draw them as narrow “Y” shapes (normal and upside down), rather than simple straight lines.
Outline the entire head of hair, following the strands’ rhythm, and don’t be afraid to blow it out a little.
To add detail and depth to the hair, draw long lines along the strands, but don’t press too hard or make the lines too tight.
For maximum effect, draw the parting and the fringe straight from it to the center of the face.
Create the 3D form of the haircut by drawing the hair direction.
Why is drawing hair so hard?
Hair is difficult to draw because what we see differs from what we know; you can’t just draw all the hairs as lines because that’s not what we see when we look at hair; instead, what we see must be simplified to lines and shades, which can be done in a variety of ways.