We'll start drawing the hair close to the face. In the
photo, at the widow's peak, there's a lock of hair that
creates an arched shape that falls to the right, that
lock of hair continues down past her eyes. Parallel to
her left eye, that lock of hair bows out and creates a
dark shadow right at the facial contour. Draw a curved
line starting at the widow's peak and draw it down along
the contour of the face, bowing it out at the eye. Make
some hints as to the direction of the hair with shapes
made of grouped lines, and fill in the two darker spots
with shadow and line. Don't worry about measuring the
shapes in the hair to make them correct size, just
eyeball the sizes you create with the lines and shadows.
I'm sure she won't mind if her caricature ends up with
the left of the right eye is another dark shape that
encloses the ear. I keep drawing lines and shapes that
follow the direction of the flow of the hair and I work
my way up and around the top of the head and then work
my way down the right side until I come to that large
dark shape by the right ear.
the photo, the right ear is concealed by hair and only
the lobe and an earring are visible. Because the ear is
barely there, you don't have to worry much about proper
proportion for the ear. Just draw the earring, and shade
the entire area all the way to the side of the face so
you don't even have to draw an ear.
the face mostly framed by hair, draw an outside contour
of the hair that runs off the page. Draw a vertical line
at her jaw representing the side of the neck. Continue
and draw contours of the shirt she's wearing. Then all
you'll have to do is finish drawing lines and shapes to
represent shadows in the hair inside the hair contour.
A little trick I do when drawing hair is not to draw
shadow shapes all the way to the hair contour line. I
leave a "halo" of blank space around the hair contour.
This gives the illusion there's a light shining behind
the head that highlights the hair. It gives the
caricature a tiny bit of a "photographic" look.
Of course, that's a little hard to do when you're
drawing someone with lighter hair like our subject. I'll
show you that trick later.
assignment: Draw some caricatures of people with
interesting hair. Concentrate on drawing that hair with
as few lines as possible, but still make it interesting.
Try drawing short hair, long hair, dark hair, and light