Portrait art tutorial
- lesson on how to draw hair (for portrait drawing).
How to Draw Hair
more to drawing hair than just rendering strands of hair, and
making it look shiny. You have to make the hair look like it is
on a person's head, not some flat thing sort or lying there.
the term "helmet hair"? Even though you don't really
want your portraits to look like they have "helmet hair,"
you do want them to look like their hair is ON their head, kind
of like a helmet.
If the skull
is round, so is the shape of the hair - after all, it is covering
a round skull. And since skulls (and other round things) have
shading to indicate their roundness, so does hair. With more elaborate
styles, the "roundness" of the head is less obvious,
but it is still there. Your shading should always recognize the
structure of the skull.
looking at the hair like a complete unit (instead of individual
hairs) you can more effectively shade it in. When the hair is
pulled back (like with this woman and her ponytail) it follows
the shape of her skull. And the shading of her hair should always
reflect this, if only in a subtle way.
should be treated like it's a cylinder - with a "stripe"
of highlight going down the side. Once you get the basic shape
and shading of the "cylinder," then go in and add stray
hairs, waves, and so forth. But don't forget the basic simple
shape that makes up the ponytail.
head and the ponytail area both have a light source coming from
one direction, the areas that are away from the light source (in
this case, the back of the head, and the bottom of the ponytail)
will have a darker shadow. Don't forget to indicate this when
you are rendering hair. (Click on thumbnail image to see larger
version of picture, with shading areas pointed out.)
When you think of
the structure of the head when you are drawing the hair, you'll give
a far more realistic look to the hair. Remember - draw in the basic
shading of the hair first (don't draw it in too dark, but indicate it)
and then draw in hair strands, curls, or unique characteristics
of the hairstyle.
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