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Hair Shading Reference Drawing

Once you've sketched the basic form of each lock and are satisfied with the directional flow, you may add organic-looking, wavy lines over the edges. Add loose hair strands along the hairline and around the margins. Draw narrow, shallow U shapes within each lock for further realism. The upward slopes at the borders will provide the illusion of depth. This may be a time-consuming procedure, but repeat for each lock, altering the shade of certain curves and edges to provide texture. Return to your reference picture for highlights and shadows to examine how the light bounces off of each lock or gets buried in the layers. Complete the look with shadows, highlights, and color.

7th stage: practice

To reinforce what we've learnt, we repeat the exercise and gradually sketch more intricate hairstyles. Drawing is a skill, not an academic activity; just bombarding you with facts will not help you become a better artist. These practice sheets allow you to practice and develop your talents; but, there is no secret or magic that can be bestowed upon you to suddenly improve [I know, it's sad]: As a result, repetition is essential.

Depending on the drawing, I will either clean up the sketch or create lineart.

By clean up, I mean that I will delete the sloppy lines and go over them as needed, giving it a different feel than a flawlessly clean line. This, I believe, allows me to relax about art and not get too concerned with technicalities.

A typical human head has around 150,000 strands of hair. The very concept of it may be depressing. To begin with, you do not need to spend 90% of your time painstakingly sketching your subject's hair. In fact, this step may be completed so rapidly that it may become your favorite. Adding texture is all about utilizing confident, steady strokes and keeping a continuous flow. Tip: Using an overhand hold on your pencil and the force of your elbow and shoulder instead of your fingers and wrist, you may generate long, continuous, and clean lines.

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