How to draw realistic hair: The ultimate tutorial
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draw realistic-looking hair in four simple steps. UPDATE: I’ve broken the steps down even further (7 steps) in video format. The steps below can be used to draw a variety of hairstyles, from short to long, straight to curly.
Hair hugs the head but isn’t plastered to it, so expect at least 2 centimeters of “hair height” on top of their actual height for most people with long hair.
Hair should flow down, hug the head, and wrap around the shoulders, so start by sketching the basic structure of the hair and keep your strokes loose and simple. Hair should flow down, hug the head, and wrap around the shoulders for long hairstyles in their resting state.
3. Value (Shadows, Midtones, Highlights)
Take some time to figure out where the light source is coming from and how it will affect the tonal value if you’re working off a reference image with too soft lighting.0Posterize the image or increase the contrast if you’re working off a reference image with too soft lighting.
The key to adding texture is to use confident, steady strokes and maintain a consistent flow. Use a variety of dull and sharpened pencils as well as mechanical pencils for maximum realism.
Use the techniques below to make your drawings more interesting to the eye. If you’re having trouble drawing long hair, try holding your pencil further away from the tip. This will give you more range of motion, resulting in longer, smoother strokes.
How to Draw Curly Hair
Drawing curly hair is a lot of fun, and it helps you gain confidence when it comes to adding texture. Use curvy lines instead of straight lines to achieve a more realistic feel and flow, and look for inspiration in reference images or even the mirror.
How to Draw Short Hair
Drawing short hair is similar to drawing long hair, with the exception that you will cover less ground in the same amount of time. Darlene founded RFA with the goal of sharing simple yet detailed drawing tutorials with other artists on the internet.
How do you draw your hair with a pencil for beginners?
To begin, lightly sketch the shapes of the hair with a mechanical pencil, then go over it with Dark Umber to separate the layers of the hair. Next, apply Light Umber to the hair, then go over it with Dark Umber to deepen the dark areas, leaving the highlight exposed.
Which pencil is used for sketching hair?
I’d suggest shading the darkest areas of your sketch where the least amount of light reaches the hair with a softer pencil grade, such as B or 2B.
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.
How do I make a realistic sketch?
How to Make a More Realistic Drawing
- Know and prepare your art supplies.
- Start with a light initial sketch, concentrating on the largest shapes first.
- Remember, there are no visible lines in realism.
- Create gradual, smooth transitions between your different values.