“Hair just doesn’t matter when drawing a portrait,” said no one ever!
Discover Darrel Tank’s “portrait-saving” secrets
for drawing realistic hair!
The videos were great. They have really helped. I am not as intimidated with [drawing hair] ... in fact I look forward to this part of the drawing. Practice, practice ... [These] videos are a good resource I am glad I purchased them.”
— Dan MacDonald

With How to Draw Hair, you’ll learn portrait changing secrets like:

  • How to create natural looking hair. Let’s face it, there’s nothing uniform about a head of hair. Darrel will teach you how to create variations within the hair and show you how to capture the unique aspects of your subject’s hairdo, giving it a more natural, flowing appearance—a huge realism booster!
  • How to draw multiple hair colors with graphite pencils. It never ceases to amaze people when they find out that you can create every single hair color, from blonde to black, with only a set of graphite pencils. It seems unbelievable, but it’s just one more great skill you stand to learn in How to Draw Hair.
  • What tools work best for drawing hair. Along with recommendations for the perfect “hair pencil” and instruction on using your eraser to “lift” your drawing off the page, Darrel shows you how to use a soft-bristled brush to spread excess graphite around your drawing, giving you smoother coverage and more opportunities to show depth.
  • How to draw hair that bends, curves, loops, or curls. Different hairstyles behave differently and you need to know how to draw these unique characteristics. How to Draw Hair teaches you how to draw them all! Whether it’s your grandchild’s curly locks, or your brother’s bristly beard, you’ll learn what it takes to make them look real.
  • And much, much more!

It’s happened to everyone—at least anyone who’s ever drawn a portrait.

Actually, it may have happened to you… It’s that sinking feeling you experience after you’ve added the hair to a portrait that, until then, was your best work yet.

Now, with lackluster, rigid, spaghetti-like hair glaring back at you from your paper and an otherwise perfect portrait hanging in the balance—you can’t help but wish you could go back in time...

Don’t worry, you aren’t the first artist to dream of time travel, or an undo button on your pencil…

It’s a painful experience to put so much time and effort into a drawing—not to mention the emotional investment—just to see it cheapened by less than life-like hair. It’s hard not to get a little “hot under the collar.”

Fortunately, if you’re one of the thousands of artists searching high and low for a better way to draw realistic hair, we have the solution…

How to Draw Hair by Darrel Tank is a 24-class drawing master-series that puts an end to poorly drawn hair — making it the crowning achievement, not your biggest headache.

Just imagine what it would feel like to boldly sit down at your drawing table, unclench your fist, relax your hand, and actually have fun drawing flowing, blowing, life-like locks of hair. No more dreading that final phase of your portrait and no more wishing all of your subjects were bald!

Not only would your results dramatically improve, but your entire drawing journey would be more fun—and just like Darrel always says “drawing should be fun!”

It’s obvious that Darrel has fun drawing—he’s been doing it professionally for nearly 50 years! How to Draw Hair was born out of Darrel’s hard-found solutions to some of the same hair drawing frustrations you’re facing today. Thousands of students have adopted Darrel’s techniques and discovered why he now calls drawing hair “a vacation.”

Darrel’s 5-Pencil Method and techniques for drawing hair are a product of years of experimentation and dedication to the art of realistic graphite drawing. Darrel’s illustrations have been included in over 400 publications and his fine art has touched countless lives around the globe.

Now, you can have instant access to all of this experience and grow from Darrel’s fun and easy-to-follow teaching method—all from the comfort of your home.

However, this price won’t stick around for long…
Matter of fact, How to Draw Hair won’t be sticking around for much longer either. This past year marked the retirement of this classic drawing series. But, so many folks have asked for it by name that we're bring it back for this special occasion!
So… we want to give you one last chance to own this product (or give that artist friend a gift they’ll treasure) before it is too late.
Scroll down the page to learn more about How to Draw Hair and add it to your collection while it's still around...
Hair is
You spend hours of your precious time bringing a portrait to life, why would you let something like a head of hair or a beard stand between you and a project that you’re totally, madly in love with? You don’t need to and you won’t! Because How to Draw Hair teaches you how to tame those wild locks into your crowning achievement.
Let’s you
Hair won’t typically be the focal point of your drawing. But, if it’s not done right, it will become the primary focus and demand the attention of your viewers — and that’s not a good thing! The hair should “quietly” compliment your portrait, not steal the show. In How to Draw Hair Darrel gives you the tools and know-how to draw hair so natural that it becomes a natural element of your drawing — not an eyesore or distraction.
Drawing hair is like
Everyone needs a little vacation from time to time! Darrel believes that drawing hair should be like a vacation after all the hard work of drawing a portrait. It’s your chance to let your hair down (figuratively speaking) and relax. A chance to pick up a pencil and just “go with the flow,” creating the loose, free, fluid strokes that make hair look so natural.
It's a
If you ever see a well drawn head of hair you’ll know it! There’s something special about life-like locks that makes you just want to blow on them to see if they move… We don’t recommend trying that on someone’s drawing, but we can tell you that you can learn to draw hair just as realistic, and Darrel has the skills you need to do it!
Tapered Stroke
Hair Structure
Blonde Hair
Woman's Style Wave
Man's Short Ethnic Hair
Ethnic Hair Teased
Woman's Neck Hairline
Man's Neck Hairline
Baby Front Transition
Man's Cropped Texture
Man's Part Transition
Woman's Front Hairline
French Braid
Dreads Group
Dark Blonde Hair
Brown Hair
Dark Brown Hair
Short Dark Beard
Salt and Pepper Beard
Long Beard
Light Beard
The How to Draw Hair series begins with the most important lesson to remember while drawing hair — the application of the tapered stroke. You will learn how the fundamentals of the tapered stroke are used to add curve and contour to hair. Next, you 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 you’ve covered the basics, Darrel dives right into a section on hair textures. You’ll watch five classes 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 will be used and expanded upon throughout the How to Draw Hair series videos.
You 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.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.

Darrel shares these lessons with you through seven classes, 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 classes, Darrel leads you through laying out the basic structure of the hair all the way through adding value, highlights and depth to hair.
Next, you’ll move on to drawing structured forms of hair. This section consists of four separate classes, all focused on a different form — french braids, braids, twists and dreadlocks. You 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 classes. The goal of this class 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 Darrel covers 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 classes — 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 final touches to your portraits. Through four different beard lessons — 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 classes of the series.
Every tutorial comes with our 1-year satisfaction guarantee! That means there’s zero risk. If you get your tutorial and decide that it isn’t everything you hoped it would be, you can pop it back in the mail and we’ll give you your money back—no questions asked.
24 fun-to-follow hair drawing classes totaling more than 7 hours of insightful instruction.
Your choice of a 4-DVD collectible boxed set or 8 downloadable video files.
PDFs of all the handouts, reference images, and resources from the classes.
Download format can be played on your computer through iTunes, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or other video-compatible mobile device. (Plus, you don’t pay shipping—or wait for customs.)
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