Ing different types of hair

Hair may be fine, coarse, thick or thin, straight or wavy and a host of other appearances. You can draw many of these variables by varying the thickness of the pencil lead and using different grades of lead. Draw thick, coarse hair with a blunt 6B pencil. Use a sharp HB lead for fine hair. Children's hair is usually fine, so make sure your pencil point is sharp.

Combing the hair

As shown in this series of steps, use your pencil to "comb" the hair. Lay your pencil strokes the direction the hair would be growing or combed.

Pencil Stroke

Pencil lines

A pencil stroke is like a hair—fat at the beginning and fine toward the end.

Pencil lines

A pencil stroke is like a hair—fat at the beginning and fine toward the end.

Create long, dark hair

Build darks

Once you establish the direction, start to fill in the strokes. If the hair is fine, do not try to get dark in a single layer of pencil lines. Build the darks by continuing to place more lines in the same place. Start with a very sharp 2H or HB pencil. Progressively move to darker leads (2B-6B).

@ Establish an outline

Start by getting the basic information down on paper.

Realistic Faces Drawing

$ Start to form the hair

Lay your pencil flat and begin to establish the direction of the hair.

Realistic Drawing Hair

% Don't be impatient!

Keep building up the smooth strokes. Hair takes time to accurately render.

Drawing Realistic Faces

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The end result was definitely worth the wait! Just remember to keep building up your strokes until you hair looks complete.

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