Pencil Portrait Drawing Tips On Hair by aihaozhe2


									Drawing hair is not all that difficult but it does take quite a bit of time to make the
result to look real and natural. In fact, it usually takes two to three times longer to do
the hair than it does to do the rest of the portrait. So, do not get frustrated and know
that you will have to spend the time.

Here are some pointers to help you succeed at drawing the best hair possible:

* Line Drawing - As always, the first step is to produce a line drawing that shows the
overall shape of the hair and maps out some of the main value areas. At this stage, you
should look at the hair as a shape and ignore all details such as strands. Do observe
however how the hair flows, i.e., take note of the growth directions of the hair.

* Values - Next, using the map you created on your line drawing, start laying in the
major values, i.e., the major darks and lights. Make sure you always follow the
growth direction of the hair. This is very important. Follow the flow.

* Blending - At this stage, you can blend the darks out towards the lights. Then,
reapply the darks and pull them into the light areas using a tortillon or a pencil (if
there is not enough graphite on the paper). Work from the dark areas into the light
areas. After that, use a pointed kneaded eraser as a drawing tool to pull the lights into
the darks.

This process should be repeated several times until you reach the desired look of

* Curls - If your subject has curls, you should treat each curl as a separate object with
its own darks, lights, and highlights. At the same time, make sure that each curl fits
into the overall layout of the hair. This means, for example, that a particular curl
should flawlessly connect to its neighbors.

* Shadows - Often the hair cast a few shadows onto the forehead. These cast shadows
should always be rendered in the correct value. You will be surprised how much they
contribute to the realistic appearance of the hair and the subject in general. They very
much help to show the fullness and three-dimensionality of the hair.

* Forehead - The forehead, like anything else, has a certain value. When the hair falls
over the forehead, it is important to apply the same forehead value to the areas of the
forehead that are visibly located under the hair. If you leave these areas white, you
will loose a lot of realism.

* Gray Hair - The illusion of gray or white hair is created through using pencil strokes
sparingly and through more blending with a tortillon or a paper tissue. A soft and silky
look can be created by using the kneaded eraser to lift out the appropriate.
Much more can be said about the drawing of hair. This includes such subjects as
hairstyles, mens versus womens hair, thin hair, hair color, etc. However, the above
remarks will suffice to set you on the right path. Later, you can always consult an
advanced work on hair drawing.

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