Time to draw the hair. Her hair is why I selected
this particular face, actually. I thought she would have
fun hair to draw because of it's volume and it's nice
As you get more lines and shapes on your paper when
drawing hair, you'll be creating a lot of dark shapes
and lines all over your sheet of paper and the graphite
from your pencil may start to smear as you drag your
drawing hand across the paper. To combat this, take
another blank sheet of paper and put it on top of your
drawing and rest your drawing hand on the clean sheet.
Your hand should be resting right on the edge of the
clean paper so the pencil can get to your drawing. As
you move around on your drawing drag the clean paper
under your hand.
your lap desk out and clip your unfinished caricature of
the woman on it and get comfortable in front of your
computer. Sharpen your 5B pencil and have your eraser
handy. If you have a blending tool, have that ready too.
If you'd like to print out the photo we'll be working
with, go ahead.
way I draw hair is just a bunch of shapes that represent
shadows in the hair. Then those shadows are enclosed by
the contour of the hair. The shadows that I create in
the hair are composed usually of a series of tightly
packed lines. These lines are drawn to create a hair
shadow shape. If it's lighter hair I'm working with,
then there's lots of negative space with an occasional
shadow shape thrown in. In darker hair, I usually fill
the whole contour of the hair in with graphite and leave
a few white areas as highlights. To make the lines and
shapes I create look more like hair, I follow the
direction of the way the hair is falling as I shade and
draw. It's not necessary to draw each individual strand
of hair, the shadow shapes do that work for you. If you
draw the contour of the hair then fill in the interior
with shadow shapes that indicate the direction of the
hair - that should be enough to indicate to the viewer
that what you have drawn is hair.