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Uploaded: December 4, 2010
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 21
Updated: December 4, 2010
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Here's my attempt to teach "how to sketch hair", step by step. Since there are oh so many hair styles I thought it better to share a few of my techniques for drawing certain hair styles/types. Lets get started!

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how to draw real hair

How to Draw Real Hair

how to draw real hair step 1

STEP 1.

Alright, let's start by drawing some curly/frizzy hair. Start by drawing the bald head. Pot as much detail as you want into it.
 
how to draw real hair step 2

STEP 2.

Next, outline the basic shape of the hair then shade it in.
 
how to draw real hair step 3

STEP 3.

Time to start adding the curls. This is where shading in the hair's form comes in handy. Instead of having to draw out each lock of hair you can just erase them in then outline them with a pencil. Remember to keep them natural and flowing. Curls tend to twist with one another and "hook" at the end.
 
how to draw real hair step 4

STEP 4.

Continuing with the adding of locks from front to back,
 
how to draw real hair step 5

STEP 5.

Here is the result of erasing and outlining all of the locks of hair.
 
how to draw real hair step 6

STEP 6.

Now you can start shading from back to front. Remember to follow the flow of the hair and not just scribble in lines.
 
how to draw real hair step 7

STEP 7.

Here is the final result. You don't necessarily have to draw in each strand of hair. Just leave hints of strands here and there to add to the realism.
 
how to draw real hair step 8

STEP 8.

Alright, lets work with some long hair. Again start by drawing the bald head. Keep the area around the form shaded.
 
how to draw real hair step 9

STEP 9.

Now erase the basic form of the hair in. It is the same principle used for the previous style only a bit backwards.
 
how to draw real hair step 10

STEP 10.

Now you can start erasing in the strands of hair. Don't get too obsessed with detail here. Just remember not to make the strands too mechanical and straight.
 
how to draw real hair step 11

STEP 11.

Using a fine tipped pencil or a mechanical pencil add in as many single strands of hair as you can stand to. The more you add, the more detailed and realistic it will look.
 
how to draw real hair step 12

STEP 12.

If you don't have a fine tip white marker you can call the previous step the last one, but if you do have one you should add some highlights here and there to add more contrast and depth to your drawing. And with that we can move on to the final drawing!
 
how to draw real hair step 13

STEP 13.

Here is a nifty technique for drawing bleach blonde hair. Start with a bald head again. This time you want the area around the head clean and unshaded.
 
how to draw real hair step 14

STEP 14.

Now we can outline the basic shape of the hair.
 
how to draw real hair step 15

STEP 15.

After lightly shading in the basic hair use the erasing technique to erase in the strands of hair. No need to outline them yet.
 
how to draw real hair step 16

STEP 16.

This is one of the most crucial/difficult steps. Make as dark of an outline as you can around the hair. Remember to factor in a few loose strands here and there.
 
how to draw real hair step 17

STEP 17.

Expand the darkness of the outline and blend it into the background. Note how much more contrast you have now.
 
how to draw real hair step 18

STEP 18.

Now you can ever so lightly start adding some defining line to the hair. Compare this step with the previous one closely and try to find all of the differences. They are minute but important. Don't overlook the line the separates her cheek from her hair. If you ignore that it could end up looking more a side-burn or beard growing from her cheek!
 
how to draw real hair step 19

STEP 19.

Now we can start the heavy detailing. This step shows how I started from tip to root when detailing the hair. Again, let the hair flow and curl naturally. Since all of the other steps dealt with light shading, this step will involve dark outlines. Don't hold back on the pencil-to-paper pressure. You want to crease the paper with your lead.
 
how to draw real hair step 20

STEP 20.

And finally here is the result of taking the previous step all the way and erasing in some highlights.
 
how to draw real hair step 21

STEP 21.

And there we have our three complete drawings! I hope this was helpful. If there any specific hairstyles that you need help with let me know and I will see what I can do!