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Uploaded: November 29, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 11
Updated: November 29, 2010
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Hey ya'll! I'm here for another epical lesson for all you novice artists, looking to expand your artistic skills! I've made a tutorial a few days ago that was meant to show you “how to draw long hair”, step by step. Now, I haven't really had the time to completely submit this the day I created it, but I hope my long wait pays off in this uber helpful tutorial. I hope you'll enjoy! Don't forget to leave feedback on how you did!

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how to draw long hair

How to Draw Long Hair

how to draw long hair step 1

STEP 1.

When you're drawing hair, you'll be requiring a few basic techniques in order to achieve nice and clean hair. From the root to tip, you must have a specific style of line weight as well as definition. From the root, start with darkened lines for large sections, later detailing in between sections with light lines. The tips require less definition as it can get a bit dirty and unclear when adding dark lines to the tips of the hair.
 
how to draw long hair step 2

STEP 2.

Adding large fluffed mounds of hair will only portray the bounce and fluff of a hairstyle. You can stylize long hair with flat and greasy hair by adding no bounce, making the roots seem glued to the scalp. The large the mounds are from the root, the bouncier the hair will appear.
 
how to draw long hair step 3

STEP 3.

Using foreshadow shading will bring dimension forth in your drawings. Add shading to the darker parts of the hair/figure; depicting your light source and keeping value as you shade from dark to light.
 
how to draw long hair step 4

STEP 4.

Here is a more detailed look from what I talked about in step 1. The middle of the scalp should consist of very dark lines and proceeded downwards with lighter lines as it flows to the roots. Keep your dark/light lines consistent to avoid confusion and slop.
 
how to draw long hair step 5

STEP 5.

Long hair will be enduring a lot of movement as the figure moves. Therefore, there is more action with long hair than there is with short. Keeping the direction and flow of the hair in a consistent movement, will only emphasize realism and appeal. Look at the arrows and how the direction of each section flows in tune.
 
how to draw long hair step 6

STEP 6.

Here's a few figures from what we learned in the previous tips, are applied. Expand your skills, observe, and sample from other ideas of long hair. Good observational skills indeed come in handy when creating characters and other art.
 
how to draw long hair step 7

STEP 7.

First, you'll need to establish a foundation for the base of the scalp as well as face. Create a perfect or semi perfect circle for the foundation and a smaller curved shape beneath the circle.
 
how to draw long hair step 8

STEP 8.

Next, start laying out the face and the upper roots of the hair. This part is indeed the critically important aspect, mainly because starting with the upper roots will evaluate where to place the rest of the weave.
 
how to draw long hair step 9

STEP 9.

I am drawing a simpler version of hair because I don't want to drag my viewer's focus from the composition of the drawing. Adding lighter and rather thin lines beneath the hairline, stands for the roots that curls into the large bouncy hair locks. Finish off by drawing the back of the weave, adding turfs of strands to create uniqueness.
 
how to draw long hair step 10

STEP 10.

Lastly, using the rules learned from the previous tip steps, add finishing details to the roots. Adding too much will create an ugly look, which is a big no no.
 
how to draw long hair step 11

STEP 11.

With initial shading, you'll have yourself a nice long hairstyle! Erase the guides you drew in step one and get ready for finalizing! Use an ink pen for a more final look so you can get ready for coloring. I hope this tut has helped, thanks so much for joining me! Until next time folks!