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Uploaded: April 18, 2011
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 24
Updated: April 18, 2011
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Hey,everybody! It's good to be back. You got to FAV THIS TUTORIAL. Though I'll show you how to sketch some hair, I've worked hard to get you some great info, tips, and helps. If you need something on hair, you'll have it at your fingertips if you fav this in your profile account area. So let's get started with the intro! Can you believe there are over 100,000 strands of hair on our head, give or take? Imagine trying to draw each strand. Don't even go there. To create a 3-dimensional look, it's good to start the hair with the general shape, add tone and shadow, then add highlights to represent strands and some fly away hair. In this tutorial HOW TO SKETCH HAIR, I will have some finished drawings to show hair done in its completed form. Next I will translate them for you with guidelines to them draw in sketch form. To quench your thirst for knowledge, this lesson not only includes drawing, but is a general study on hair and how to draw it. I hope you'll enjoy this lesson.

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How to Draw Hair in Pencil, Draw Hair with Pencil

how to draw hair in pencil, draw hair with pencil step 1

STEP 1.

Okay, beginners and those that HATE drawing hair, here are some examples of first hand attempt to draw hair that don't portray the 3-dimensional look. The next step(s) show well known boo-boo's or errors. Yeah, I made them too! ZERO VOLUME: Lines upon lines, and bunches of more lines. You need volume to add to the illusion. So don't draw a bunch of lines giving you an appearance of the HAY STACK or MOP look. Check out the picture in this step. You can avoid that look. Okay? Stay with me, now.
 
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STEP 2.

HARD OUTLINES: Ouch! You've made the outside outline of the hair, just straight or circular, like a bowl put over your drawn person's head with no fly away hair or hair strands. Also you've made the hairline at forehead, partings and temples very straight with no roots. And we don't want cheap wigs on our subjects, right? The next steps are samples of hair and how it's structured, how you can make it look real and touchable and how to gain confidence... yeah, confidence, especially through SKETCHING!
 
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STEP 3.

TONS OF TEXTURE: You've sweated with your hair and added volumes. Too many lines are in the halftones, shadows and highlights...everywhere! This becomes distracting. It's a balancing act, but as you can see, the drawing becomes Mad Hatter's nightmare! Don't worry. Just a little erasing and blending goes a long way in smoothing the hair.
 
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STEP 4.

TONE - SHADING - TEXTURE: All those tiny strands, hundreds of thousands of them, are broken into sections. Then those sections making up a head of hair. Those sections form patterns, shapes, shadows and fly away strands. Take a breath of relief because you, the artist, don't have to draw every strand. You fake it... make an illusion... SHAPES: Check it out! If you don't know it already, those are the basic shapes in nature -- the ball, cube, cone, and cylinder. You can see a lot of those shapes in the drawing you are doing right now. Then when I speak of tone that is the general lightness or darkness of an object. Shading is the portion of an object away from the light. Texture is the final or "special" effect drawn on the surface of an object. These principles will stick after a while, bringing to you more technique as an artist.
 
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STEP 5.

LINE - SHAPE - FORM: This is what causes that illusion. Click on the picture in this step and see how these shapes can form hair!
 
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STEP 6.

PENCIL POSITIONS: How in the world do you create hair without the helmet, mop, haystack, toupe wig fake looking effect? The secret is in how you hold the pencil and the type of pencil's edge. Holding a sharpened pencil in normal writing form with fingers in the middle or near the lead allows for very thin strokes. Holding the pencil at a 45 degrees or near level to the table with end of pencil under your palm allows you to stroke from side of pencil of the flat side. Oh, I'm not stopping here because a chiseled pencil is a dream. You can find those in the art store and chisel to your heart's content with sandpaper. Look at the different effects in this step. Practice these strokes and see the difference.
 
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STEP 7.

PENCIL STROKES: Click on this picture to see the different pencil and graphite strokes. Also these products can be purchased at my favorite art store: Dick Blick! I heart you!
 
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STEP 8.

GO WITH THE FLOW: Basically, you're following the direction of object's shape, that is the hair. The hair will curl around, flow from, and slick to the head. The head is like a curved ball, so the hair extends from that ball by the arrowed directions. Keep practicing stroking in one direction, letting the pencil flow off... as if you're painting your nails or brushing off your pants. See? Play with that pencil, honey. See how those strokes FLY OFF THE PAGE. LET IT FLOW, DUDE! ***Those parts... let little strokes of hair (roots) appear at the edge of the parts. Click on this picture and see those tiny strokes.
 
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STEP 9.

STRAIGHT LONG & SHORT HAIR: The following steps will start with my realistic drawing of the hair type then guidelines for your sketch. Sketching is a study, practice, or quick choppy/messy/unfinished work. A drawing is an artist's finalized piece--clean and ready for framing. So what are we waiting for... let's start with the sketching!!!
 
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STEP 10.

Draw these ovals lightly. We need them to determine the head mass for the hair. You can draw one, both, or all of these drawings... whatever your heart desires!
 
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STEP 11.

Bisect the heads with the red line and add that crescent curve on the first head for volume. Don't forget the neck lines.
 
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STEP 12.

Add the long and short hair. Stick with the basic shape. I've used portions of these guidelines. They're very helpful. Don't forget the shoulder of the second head.
 
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STEP 13.

Remember to stroke in the direction of the bangs and hair.
 
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STEP 14.

SHORT & WAVY HAIR: Here's my realistic drawing changed to black & white so you can see the tone & values in the hair. This is originally a color pastel called Ebonacious done on 12 by 18 inches (A3 paper size)! Notice the dark shading in the hair that highlights the strands. You can see the sections or waves of the hair easily too.
 
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STEP 15.

Start out with the famous oval. Stay close to the shape as possible.
 
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STEP 16.

Draw lightly the middle line and red crescent shape. This helps with balancing where the hair goes in relation to the face. The crescent helps with the mass of the head and hair.
 
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STEP 17.

Here's the basic shape of the hair. You can see the bangs and wisps of hair take shape.
 
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STEP 18.

This is a little sketch of her hair. You can start out softly, then give more pressure at the shadowed parts of the waves.
 
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STEP 19.

This is my realistic drawing of a friend's sister at DeviantArt. Her sister has very long hair and either she was jumping up and down or a fan was put behind her so her hair would fly up. I flipped out when I saw the photo and knew this would be perfect for "How To Sketch Hair." So this picture is a good example of curls, waves, and a multitude of directions. No, don't sweat! You are doing a sketch, not a finished drawing! Whew! Now you can relax. Smile and let's start!
 
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STEP 20.

No oval this time. It's a lopsided mushroom! Or a fan gone expresso! Just kidding. Sketch lightly. You can have extra lines on your drawing... that's what sketching is all about.
 
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STEP 21.

Draw a line in the middle to give balance, the rest of the stump and another line for her arm.
 
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STEP 22.

The extra red lines give direction and space division. It's easier, for me at least, to see where the hair is going BECAUSE IT'S CHAOTIC!
 
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STEP 23.

Here's the sketch without the guidelines, representing the drawing.
 
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STEP 24.

Here's the grand finale of the hairstyles. Click on the picture and you'll see the arrows giving the direction of the pencil stroke. Try, see how your strokes look going in the opposite direction. Sometimes you can get that curl's edge darkened better. Okay, it's that time of night. I've used up all the steps. IMAGINE THAT! Guess what? April 25th is my last day at my customer service operations job--phones, helping folks with rewards. I've gained more than 30 pounds since the last 4, nearly 5 years I've been there. And I've got lots of gray in my hair. I digress, to say that to say this... I'LL BE ABLE TO DO MORE TUTORIALS!!! I'm so happy about this. Are you happy for me? Well, I hope you've had a great time learning in this tutorial. And to wrap this up... a good night to you all! Much luv and peace!