How to draw hair

How to draw hair for realistic portrait. How to draw, shade and render hair along with realistic face traditional portrait way. Draw and shade hair with pencil sketch. Drawing and shading hair on portrait of a woman girl female using pencil. Quick video lesson on how to shade and define values on your hair drawing sketch easy to follow and understand video and step by step lesson. Learn from Step by step and video tutorial.
Hair seems like a very complicate subject. There are so so many request via facebook, email, etc. for me to do hair drawing tutorial. Finally, here it is. First, like I said so many time, simplicity is the key to painting or drawing. Same here, when you take a look at a person’s hair, you mind tell you to think hair as a complex subject. Though, if you really take a look and try to simplify it into shape and form by trust your eyes to see it for only light and shadow. The tips is to squint, like in painting, to blur things out. It is easier to see the simplify form of hair when squint. A lot of you might not get squinting in the beginning, it took me many time to actually squint to see simple form of the subject I am drawing or painting.
Once you get it to simplify into simple shapes, you will have a lot easier time drawing hair. I explain it in the Video tutorial that break hair down into big simple shape for each clump of hair. One you can break it down in to simple 5-6 group of hair, you then have to look for shadow of the those shapes. From one simple shape to another, once you see the shadow, then you can begin to shade or render from there

This is a very simple and easy to follow tutorial of how to draw hair, I would not know how to explain it any easier than this.
Here is the final sketch of drawing hair tutorial.

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Watch the video instruction how to draw hair and learn now.

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Below are drawing hair step by step images to go along with video lesson

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If you like drawing comics charcter like X-men, Batman, Superman then you should go see the drawing tutorials from the following links How to draw comics girl Emma Frost, How to draw comics Batgirl, How to draw Fantastic 4 Susan Storm (basic comics style drawing with pose) and watch How to draw comics superhero spiderman, and my How to draw comics character Hulk, it also has coloring or paint over tutorial. Also the new arrival video tutorial, How to draw Captain America. And an older video tut, How to draw Batman or Darknight. These are somewhat a little in between basic and intermediate and you should have some drawing experience.

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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  • G Jeffries2

    Fantastic videos thanks

  • ZMihai

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Xia Taptara

    No problem. ;-)

  • Fawn28

    pretty good ,i ll try it ,thank you 4 sharing

  • Akigatoblu

    Awesome, so much to learn yet for me, love hair, thanks!!

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  • Dillonair23

    You make wanna draw. Hope i can be half as good as you some day. Going to get pencils and paper tomorrow. Keep up the good work

  • Xia Taptara

    Good. ;-)

  • Audrey Screatif

    Sooooooooo good. Wish I can make friend with the artist and get tips.

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  • Belinariorea

    now trying to draw portraits, thanks for your web, i can get some tips

  • Camila

    U rock!

  • Xia Taptara

    Thunk U. ;-)

  • Norule i need to have the talent to draw or knows the right technique is enough to draw like this..:D

  • Xia Taptara

    Ask yourself if you really like to draw?
    If you do.
    Forget talent, forget technique. Just draw and draw and draw all day every day.
    And the rest will follow.
    But first you have to love doing it just for the sake of doing it.

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  • Xia Taptara

    No prob

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  • Ktcat

    Thanks so much for making this! It has helped me a lot! :)

  • Xia Taptara

    No problem buddy, glad it helps!

  • Lisa

    Thank you! I’m drawing my grandpa for his birthday today, and even though you draw girls, I borrowed your techniques to draw my grandpa, and it worked out great!

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  • Maja

    Jesus!! It was sooooo good and helpfull!! I love you and your painting :D :)
    thank u <3

  • Xia Taptara

    Thank you, glad to hear they are helpful. Keep it up!


    First picture looks like Rose Tyler, cannot unsee.