How To Draw Hair
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How To Draw Hair, A Step By Step Guide

So you’d like to learn how to draw hair? No problem! We asked a professional to show us exactly how to illustrate different types of hair (both straight and curly). This how-to guide will help you create the perfect hair drawing.

Let’s start off easy with some straight hair. Then, we can try our hand at drawing something a little harder.

1. Grab the image you want to base your drawing off of. I’m choosing this one:

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

2. Draw in your head just so that you have something to work on top of. Also, you kind of need a head for this eventually.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

3. Draw a full outline of your hair. This will help you decide what shape you want your hair to take overall.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

4. This next step is optional but I like to add in my “holes” or the places where my hair separates and lets the light in. This makes things easier for me when I’m drawing each individual hair by remembering where I want the hair to separate.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

5. Draw in your main hair strips or sections. Sectioning out your hair will help you determine how each hair curves aka what shape you should draw.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

6. Section the rest of your hair out.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

7. Now, go into each hair section and draw each individual hair going in the direction determined by your section. Luckily for you, it’s just a simple S curve right now. You can space them out however you like but since my model has dark hair, I’m sticking my hairs real close to each other.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

8. Complete your hair!

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

9. Now you can get rid of some outline edges so things look more natural.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

10. Get rid of the part of your head that’s covered in hair.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

11. And you’re done! She cute.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

Ok, now let’s ramp it up and see if you can handle drawing curly hair.

1. Start off with a reference image of your choosing.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

2. Get that beautiful head in. Fantastic skull!

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

3. Here comes your hair outline.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

4. Now add in your hair “holes”.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

5. Draw your first hair section. This shape will of course be different than the shape you used for straight hair. Get familiar with the shape of your model’s hair.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

6. Draw the rest of your sections.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

7. Now fill in each section with your individual strands.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

8. Alright, don’t freak out! If you look closely, I just drew a bunch of wavy lines next to each other. Your drawing definitely doesn’t have to look as complex as mine. Just make it up as you go along and have fun with it!

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

9. Finish up drawing all those little hairs. Phew! That took forever. Why do I do this to myself?!

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

10. Remove your “outline”.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair

11. Erase your invisible head parts, and bam! You are DONE, girl. If you need me, I’ll be in the bathroom crying.

How To Draw Hair
How To Draw Hair