How to Draw and Shade Hair

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How to Draw and Shade Hair
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Hello! In this guide, I will show you how to draw and shade hair. Its's actually not that difficult. Oh, and sorry for the bad lighting! I will explain each slide. Let's get started! ------->

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First, draw the hair. If you don't know how, look in hair magazines, on Google or Instagram for inspiration. Sketch a basic shape of the hair. Doesn't have to be perfect. You can alter it later.

First, draw the hair. If you don't know how, look in hair magazines, on Google or Instagram for inspiration. Sketch a basic shape of the hair. Doesn't have to be perfect. You can alter it later.

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Add the hair parting, leaving a thin space between the lines. Add a face and a neck, if you want to see how it would look on a person. As you can see, my face drawing needs work.

Add the hair parting, leaving a thin space between the lines. Add a face and a neck, if you want to see how it would look on a person. As you can see, my face drawing needs work.

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And now... the shading!

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Focus on the dark parts, shading in a "flicking" motion. It depends on how dark you want the ends to be. Add the mid tones by lightly colouring the areas. TIP: Just eyeball it. :)

Focus on the dark parts, shading in a "flicking" motion. It depends on how dark you want the ends to be. Add the mid tones by lightly colouring the areas. TIP: Just eyeball it. :)

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To shade a curve/wave, just do the same thing: shade in a flicking motion, BUT on both sides. TIP: Flick with the flow. Follow the curve/wave of the hair.

To shade a curve/wave, just do the same thing: shade in a flicking motion, BUT on both sides. TIP: Flick with the flow. Follow the curve/wave of the hair.

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Like so. See the white area on the hair section? That's the highlight. You can leave a big white area like this if you want the hair to be shiny/reflective.

Like so. See the white area on the hair section? That's the highlight. You can leave a big white area like this if you want the hair to be shiny/reflective.

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For me, I wanted it to look natural so I shaded some more. I just made the dark parts even darker.

For me, I wanted it to look natural so I shaded some more. I just made the dark parts even darker.

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"Emphasise" the hair parting.

"Emphasise" the hair parting.

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Shade the rest of the front section, again leaving some white for the highlight.

Shade the rest of the front section, again leaving some white for the highlight.

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Decide if you want to erase the middle line that separates the hair.

Decide if you want to erase the middle line that separates the hair.

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I chose to separate it.

I chose to separate it.

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No hair is perfect! Add some fly-aways to make it a bit realistic.

No hair is perfect! Add some fly-aways to make it a bit realistic.

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More wispies on the back. Also, erase some unnecessary lines if needed.

More wispies on the back. Also, erase some unnecessary lines if needed.

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(Tap on pic) I forgot to take a picture of the other side, but you just apply the same technique. See the parting? I left a very thin space between. You can also draw a top if you want.

(Tap on pic) I forgot to take a picture of the other side, but you just apply the same technique. See the parting? I left a very thin space between. You can also draw a top if you want.

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Here's what mine looks like from a distance. She kinda looks like a doll. :)

Here's what mine looks like from a distance. She kinda looks like a doll. :)

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I added some details to her top.

I added some details to her top.

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And that's how you draw and shade hair! Oh, and this technique doesn't have to be used on just hair...

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You can use it on flowers/plants...

You can use it on flowers/plants...

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Or even letters!

Or even letters!

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I hope this helps. :D

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One more thing: This is just a guide on how to shade hair. Remember to follow where the light hits for a realistic look.

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