This easy to follow tutorial breaks down the steps to drawing hair. Hair is notoriously one of the most difficult textures to draw well. By taking your time and slowly building up layers you will create real looking hair in no time.

You will need:

  • Micador for Artists Greys
  • Micador Visual Art Diary, A4
  • Micador Paper Stump
  • Micador Eraser
  • An image of hair for reference



Step 1: Sketch loose outline

Using an image of hair for reference, loosely sketch the main shapes of the hair. This can be quite rough and doesn't have to be perfect. Start with a H or HB pencil to ensure light lines.

Step 2: Draw strands

Begin drawing in light hair strands where the shadows belong. Follow the shape and direction of the hair. Leave some areas untouched to act as highlights.

Step 3: Build up shadow

Continue to build up the shadow areas using a 2B or 4B pencil. Do this by layering the shading until there is contrast between the light and dark areas.

Step 4: Add detail

Using a HB pencil, add in extra details like loose strands of hair to make the drawing appear more realistic. Repeat this method with another section of hair.
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