Color Pencil Portraits – How to Draw Hair
Hair is made up of layers of rhythmic lines that follow the direction of its growth and styling, so it’s best to start drawing it after you’ve finished with the skin and clothes. The main issue occurs when light hair overlaps a darker background.
Drawing the Hair – Step 1
Hair lines should be both rhythmic and unafraid, drawn with a degree of speed and confidence.
Drawing the Hair – Step 2
To add color, tone, texture, and form to the strands, build up the hair in layers, starting with lighter lines and gradually introducing darker ones. Next, build up the hair with darker lines – this will give it a deeper color and more definition.
Drawing the Hair – Step 3
We’ve ‘drawn’ over the darker sections with a sharp eraser to etch some light lines of hair over the top, establishing and intensifying the form, tone, and texture of the hair with a wider range of light and dark colors.
Drawing the Hair – Step 4
Evenly shade a neutral background that won’t stand out too much; because our background isn’t too dissimilar from the color of the hair, it will blend in nicely where the two meet.
Drawing the Hair – Step 5
Although the color we chose for our background has some advantages, it tended to be too flat and in need of more contrast in this image, so we darkened some areas of the background and lightened the edge of the hair to increase the contrast between them.
Drawing the Hair – Step 6
Enhance the depth of the image by intensifying and balancing the tones and scratching fine hairs on the surface that are too light and delicate to draw with a color pencil into the drawing with a pointed scalpel blade.
What colors make blondes?
To avoid a muddy mess of colors, choose the color of blonde you want to end up with before you start mixing colors.
- Begin with a yellow, white, or flesh-colored base.
- For the first layer of blonde, add a small amount of yellow or olive green paint to the base color.
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.