With this simple method that you’re about to learn, drawing the hair can become the part that you look forward to instead of being the part you dread.
It’s a simple, step-by-step process that will teach you the skills you need to quickly and effectively draw hair. From the right pencil to use to the perfect stroke—these lessons are just what you need to get started!
Drawing hair can be the most fun and rewarding experience you can have with a pencil. It’s the crowning achievement that pulls your entire portrait together and once you know how to do it right, you’ll look forward to it every time!
...yet over and over again, I see students who feel it’s one of the hardest parts of drawing a portrait. The fear of ruining their picture keeps them from being able to relax and lay the hair down with gentle, natural strokes.
So your first assignment is to relax and enjoy it.
Having a plan to follow can you help you do that. Of course, laying the foundation is important in any new adventure, so naturally it’s where we will begin when drawing hair.
The set-up and fundamental techniques shown in the series will give you a new perspective on how to approach drawing different hair types and textures. Each hair study builds on the simple techniques you have learned with the 5-Pencil Method such as the tapered stroke, tracking, and building the patches. You will see how these simple exercises can apply to drawing hair textures that have dimension and take on a realistic quality that satisfies the mind of the viewer.
A few of the things you’ll learn...
Let me give you a little more detailed overview...
My How to Draw Hair series begins with the most important lesson to remember while drawing hair—the application of the tapered stroke. I’d like to help you understand the fundamentals of the tapered stroke and how the stroke will be used to add curve and contour to hair.
Next, we will look at the head from several angles, to grasp how hair flows and how it forms around the head. Recognizing the direction it moves from the hairline will add accuracy to your portrait, which will make it look more natural.
Once we go over the basics, we’ll dive right into a section on hair textures. You’ll watch five tutorials on different hair types—straight, wavy, curly, spiral curls and a man’s ethnic hair. Through this you will learn first-hand how light and value work with each other to create texture illusions that are able to be used and expanded upon throughout the How to Draw Hair series DVDs.
We will continue the series by looking at the small details of hair—edges and transitions. The small things are the ones that will make the biggest differences in your drawings, they will add the accuracy needed to finish the hair. I hope you will learn to recognize the direction the hair grows out of the scalp all the way to the outer edge of the hair and how each individual hair interacts with each other.
I will share these lessons with you through seven tutorials, each addressing a different hair type—a child’s hair, a woman’s exposed forehead edge, a man’s short ethnic cut, both a woman’s and a man’s back of hair neckline, the outer edge of a man’s hair and a close cropped man’s short hair. In each of the seven edges and transitions tutorials, I follow you from laying out the basic structure of the hair all the way through adding value, highlights and depth to hair.
Next, we’ll move on to drawing structured forms of hair. This section consists of four separate tutorials, all focused on a different form--french braids, braids, twists and dreadlocks. We will continue to use your tapered stroke, light, values and the 5-Pencil Method tools to create texture illusions that can be used and expanded beyond the specific structured forms seen in these tutorials. The goal of this tutorial is to show you the basics of value and contrast, so that you can apply them to any hair texture you may run across while drawing.
Finally we’ll cover hair color. A common question asked is how to make light/dark hair with a graphite pencil. In this section there are four hair color tutorials—one very light, one very dark and two in between—to show the range of color that can be achieved with the five graphite values used in the technique. Hair shades will become easier by simply using your tapered stoke and layering value to add highlights and contrast.
To round out the How to Draw Hair series, beards and facial hair will allow you to add the these final touches to your portraits. Through four different beard tutorials—a short, dark beard, a short, salt and pepper beard, a white-colored beard, and a longer, dark beard—you will see how to add dimension and details to beards to make them look natural.
The same principles taught when layering value to contrast and add depth will be an integral part of these final tutorials of the series.
Here’s a quick overview of the contents on each DVD:
|Applying Tapered Stroke to Hair||20 minutes|
|Structure and Perspective||15 minutes|
|Textures||77 minutes||5 demos|
|Edges and Transitions||104 minutes||7 demos|
|Structured Forms||70 minutes||4 demos|
|Colors||35 minutes||4 demos|
|Beards||109 minutes||4 demos|
Now, even though there are over 7 hours of drawing tutorials for you, it’s presented in digestible demos — individual drawing “studies” — so you can process through each lesson or go directly to the topic that interests you.
In fact, there are 24 demos plus the “core” lessons...