three things to pay attention to when you are drawing hair: the
hair strands, the tones of hair, and the structure of the head
that the hair is on.
Hair is shiny
- it has highlights, and dark areas. The first thing you should
do when you draw hair is to lay in the shadows and highlights
with a broad loose pencil stroke. Don't put in any "dark
dark" tones yet, just indicate the shadows and highlights.
Draw the areas of light and dark as "strips" of tone.
(An illustration showing the "strips"
of tone highlighted.)
in and draw in individual "hair strands" (but you don't
have to draw in every hair!). Draw dark, sharp pencil strokes,
to give the hair some crispness. But, still leave the highlights
and mid-tone areas intact. Don't let them get too dark, or blend
in too much with each other. These distinct variations of tone
are what keeps the hair looking shiny.
hair, you'll have more areas of "dark dark" (but still
have the mid-tones and highlights). For light colored hair, you'll
have very few "dark dark" tones. The darkest tone may
be a medium gray.
(click to see larger version) shows a head of hair "half
done." The section of hair closer to the face is completed,
the area near the back of the head isn't finished yet. You can
still see the "strips" of tone in the unfinished area
of the hair.