How to draw short hair (very detailed)
This is an expanded version of the mini tutorial from my first hair article, with more images, steps, and explanations, as well as over 2000 words of useful information. Grouping HairLayering HairHair Flow/Direction. ShadingDetailing Short HairLighting and Consistency
If you’re drawing from a reference image, zooming out or standing back can help you identify groups of hair, which can help you draw hair faster because you’re simplifying something that appears complex. If you’re drawing from a reference image, you can identify groups of hair by zooming out or standing back.
Start your first layer at the side of the head and work your way out if you’re drawing a hairstyle with hair parted on the side of the head; the order in which you draw each group of hair determines how much space you have to work with.
Hair Flow and Direction
Instead, point the hair in a variety of directions while still appearing to point in the general direction of the hair’s head.
It’s not about drawing as many lines as possible; there should be dark space between some hairs. These dark spaces are important because they can make a head of hair look more interesting to the eye, as well as give it more volume or depth when it’s blow-dried.
Detailing Short Hair
There’s no need to copy the exact picture hair by hair if you’re drawing from a picture. Here are a few ways to detail hair that you can incorporate into your drawing wherever you see fit. It’s a lot of fun!
Lighting and Consistency
Lighting in Specific Sections: It’s easy to lose track of individual hairs and end up with inconsistent lighting across small groups of hair, so outlining/shadow lining areas of the hair you want the light to fall on or have the most shadow can help.
Step 1: Light Planning
Take your time and consider where you want the hair to be lightest and darkest; shade the darkest areas with a soft but sharp pencil, or use a harder pencil if you don’t want such dark shadows.
Step 2: Add Individual Hairs
You can now begin drawing individual hairs, either with multiple pencils or just one. I usually draw one group of hair at a time, but in order to keep this mini tutorial short, I’m working on all three groups at once.
Step 3: Directional Strokes
The hair will have more of a curve if you draw the hair ends as dark as the root; you only need to do this if your hair ends are noticeably blunt, making them appear unnatural. Draw each hair using two strokes going in opposite directions.
Step 1: Head Outline
With a 4B or HB pencil, draw the shape of a human head, including the ear and neck. If you’re worried about the outlines showing through in the end, use an HB pencil instead of a regular one.
Step 2: Hair Length
Make sure the distance between the hair and the head is consistent, and don’t worry about the color or shape of the hair when drawing it with a 4B pencil and shadow lining technique.
Step 3: Separating Top From Side Hair
How do you make a line that divides the hair on the sides and top of your head with an HB pencil? Erase any outlines you made for the head and then re-draw the line with an eraser.
Step 4: Overall Lighting
For best results, use a blunt 4B or HB pencil, and use an HB pencil to shadow line areas of hair you want the light to fall on if you don’t want to lose track of the overall lighting.
Step 5: Grouping, Layering, Flow and Shading
If you did step 4, start layering groups of hair from the swirl at the very back of the head with a 4B pencil; if you didn’t, start with an HB pencil, keeping the overall direction/flow in mind as you draw.
Step 6: Repeat
Curl the hairs in towards the neck when drawing hair at the nape of the neck; for areas near the back of the head that don’t get much light, focus on mid tones and dark tones; it’s fine if the hair doesn’t stand out.
Step 7: Grouping, Layering, Flow and Shading
Working in layers allows me to carefully plan out the hair direction and flow. I shaded around major groups of hair, making certain areas darker to show some depth, and I used an HB 0.5mm mechanical pencil and a 2B pencil to draw individual hairs because this is the area I wanted the majority of light to fall on.
Step 8: Fixing/Adding Highlights
Roll it into a ball, pinch one section so it’s flat and sharp, and then draw white hair with the eraser along the areas you want to highlight.
Step 9: Grouping and Layering
Step 1: Draw as much hair on top of the head as possible; the longest hairs will be in your first layer, and the following layers will appear shorter because layer 1 overlaps them.
Step 10: Adding Dark Space and Individual Hairs
Use your imagination to define shadows along random areas of hair, such as areas where you’re not sure what to do or where drawing hair would have looked awkward. If you’re following along and applying this to your drawing, you’ll understand what I mean. Once you’ve drawn the shadows, use your mechanical pencil to break groups of hair down into smaller groups until they start looking l
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