Drawing hair is not only about the texture – as many of you would think. You can make your hair drawing look 10x better if you know how to make the base. The composition is essential for your final result. If you are a beginner then focus on that first to learn how to draw hair easy and fast.
In this tutorial I used the Sketchy Brush Set.
1. Draw shapes that will help you define the hairline.
On the video you can see how to compose the shapes in a way that wil help you get the good hairline. It is a good way to begin because later you will do it automatically. If you draw digitally than don’t forget to use seperate layers.
2. Delete the base for hairline
Now you don’t need the hairline base anymore. Delete the base layer and let the hairline layer help you in the next steps. You can set the opacity of this layer to 10-30%.
3. Draw the base for your hair drawing
Create a new layer and draw hair with around the head. It should not be deatailed because we focus on composition now. Give it some dynamics by drawing with relaxed hand and giving every stroke a logical direction. You can exeggarate to make your hair draw more interesting and defined.
4. Create the final hair lineart on a seperate layer
The base you created in step 3 will now help you keep the proportion and composition. Try to first draw the biggest strokes, and later on add the details.
5. Repeat with different bases and lineart
The best way to learn this technique and how to draw hair easy and fast is to practice. Try to draw different hair types with the same base. On the example below I used my “Rough Hair” brush from the Cartoon-ish Make Up Brush Set. It was incresibly easy to draw this hair on this base, because I did not have to hesitate about the directions of the hair cowlicks.
You should also create different bases for the same hair structure to improve even faster. See the examples below to see how I created the base and lineart for long wavy hair and short straight hair. I also recomment to watch the video (scroll to the beginning of the post) to see the full process. It is a good thing to do because you memorize and understand it better when watching a video.
Short hair base:
Short hair lineart:
Note: Short hair goeas different direction (most common) than medium or long hair. Watch the video from 10:02 to see explanation with guiding lines.
Long wavy hair base:
Long wavy hair base:
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