Drawing Hair

How to Create Believable Portraits!

Drawing hair well and being able to capture the model's hairstyle is an important part of any portrait and it may take some time for the artist to be able to learn these skills proficiently. When drawing hair, the artist should have taken the time to study the model and note the characteristics as to how the hair falls naturally before even beginning the portrait. Studying the model is extremely important and some artists find it beneficial to take plenty of sketches when drawing hair.

Drawing hair seems to be a task which even the most accomplished artists find difficult to do, but in reality, the most important aspect for any artist is to be able to draw what you see and interpret it in a unique and inspired manner.

This can be achieved by undertaking the following:

- Consider first of all the overall composition of the final drawing. What are you trying to portray? If you are trying to work the picture in the same way a photographer works a model, then you need to be absolutely sure in your minds eye, what you are trying to achieve.

- Once you are happy as to the composition, make sure the model arranges their hair accordingly (if it needs to be changed) as an artist you need to be totally happy with how the model looks.

- Ensure you have the correct pencils and paper for the project and that the pencils are sharpened ready.

- Practice some quick sketches and let the movement become flowing and free. When drawing hair it can be beneficial to follow the strand from root to tip and be intuitive.

- Do not just rely on your sketches. If the model is happy, take some photographs from a number of angles. This ensures that you have plenty to work with if time is of a premium.

- When drawing hair, just remember that hair is a unique part of your model?s persona and even if it has been styled to suit your picture, focus on portraying the mood and energy which you can feel.

Remember that not every single strand needs to be drawn and as an artist, you can still capture light and shade throughout the hair. If you try to become creatively involved with the picture, you will find when drawing hair that it becomes a natural part of the process.

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