Often asked: How To Draw Realistic Hair For Beginners?

Drawing Hair in Graphite and Colored Pencil

Knowing how to draw hair u2014 including different lengths, styles, and textures u2014 is essential when it comes to creating realistic portraits and figures. If you’re a beginner, this may seem like a daunting task, especially since this task can take longer than any other part of a drawing. Photo courtesy of Getty Images However, it doesn’t have to be difficult.

Drawing Hair | Graphite

Selina Quintanilla Perez by Lee Hammond, graphite on smooth bristol. And before we get started, here are some essential tips for drawing hair: The pencil strokes always replicate the hair’s direction and length.

Curly Hair

The highlights are lifted with the same type of quick stroke, and the curls form tubular shapes similar to cylinders where the curls protrude the most. The pencil lines create the texture of the hair, following the direction the hair is going. The highlights are lifted with the same type of quick stroke.

Frizzy or Permed Hair

Because of the randomness of the hair direction and the overlapping of hair strands, the curls are less distinct in this study, and the pencil strokes are more blended out because of the frizzier texture of the hair. This hair appears much lighter than the previous example.

Layered Hair

V shapes are formed in layered hair, as well as when drawing animal fur, feathers, and flower petals, where things overlap and recede, and the deep V of darkness creates the illusion of depth.

Band of Light

The bands of light are areas where the hair is curved, such as in bangs and around the head, and are most noticeable with long, smooth hair.

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Drawing Demo | Straight and Curly Hair

There are many different types of hairstyles and textures, and these quick exercises will give you some practice with some of the most common ones. Each type requires a different approach, and the texture and color are dependent on the type of pencil stroke used and the pressure applied.

Straight Hair

1. Lay in the Shape Begin your drawing by laying in the overall shape of the hairstyle with a pencil. 2. Apply the Darks Next, apply dark pencil strokes to create the illusion of length, paying attention to the bands of light where the hair shows curves. 3. Blend, Reapply Darks, and Lift Finally, blend the drawing with a stump or tortillion.

Curly hair

1. Draw the overall shape of the hairstyle first, then use long, curved pencil strokes to create the shapes of the curls. 2. Build the Hair Strands Use more curved lines to build the hair strands and dark areas of overlap. 3. Blend and Lift Blend the drawing to a gray tone, then lift the bands of light out of each curl with a kneaded eraser.

Drawing Demo | Hair in Colored Pencil

Adding color to the mix can help your drawings of people come to life, but it can also complicate the process. Drawing people accurately takes a solid understanding of anatomy and a lot of practice, so be prepared to put in a lot of time before attempting to draw your favorite poodle.

Burnishing for Long Waves

Long, curved pencil strokes were used to create the hair’s curves and waves, which required many layers, and the blue and orange tones were added on top with a burnished approach.

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Band of Light

This shows the band of light, which forms a tubular shape when long hair follows a curve and the protruding areas gather light; this band can also be seen in curls where the hair bends.

Drawing  Demo | Long and Short Hair

When it comes to drawing hair, there are so many different styles, textures, and colors that it’s impossible to cover them all, but it’s important to know how to draw as many different types as possible if you want to excel at portraiture. These quick exercises will give you practice with two common types of hair: long and wavy hair and short and curly hair.

Long, Wavy Hair

To begin, lightly draw the shapes of the hair with a mechanical pencil, then go over it with Dark Umber to separate the layers of the hair. 2. Create the Hair Strands Next, add Light Umber to the hair, then go over it with Dark Umber to deepen the dark areas, leaving the highlight exposed.

Short, Curly Hair

1. Draw the Shapes and Start the Skin Tone With a mechanical pencil, lightly draw the shapes of the hairline, ear, and overall shape of the hair, then lay in Peach to start the skin tone. When drawing very short hair, take the skin tone up into the hair area. 2. Build Up the Hair Apply small, circular strokes to the hair area with Terra Cotta.

How can I make my hair realistic?

“How do you make hair look so realistic?” I’ve been asked many times. Here’s a link to my reference photo.

  1. Draw basic outlines.
  2. Analyze shapes. Now it’s time to look at the individual hair strands.
  3. Begin shading.
  4. Sculpting.
  5. Smooth things out.
  6. Pull out highlights.
  7. Add contrast.
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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.

What is the hardest thing to draw?

The Top 10 Difficult Things To Draw

  • Horses.
  • Vehicles.
  • Skulls.
  • Alligators.
  • Hands.
  • Faces.
  • Hair.
  • The Other Eye.

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