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How to Draw: Wavy Hair

Art School, Mar 20, 2022
how to draw wavy hair

Tutorial by Kristen

1. When starting a new project, begin with a simple sketch. This helps with proportions and is a must for beginners. If you are working on paper, draw lightly with a pencil. If you are drawing digitally, create a seperate layer and choose a bright color.

step 1 sketch

2. When you're happy with your sketch, start drawing the lines on top. If you are working on paper, draw this step with pen or a darker pencil. If you are drawing digitally, create a new layer and choose a darker color or black.
When drawing waves, stack them on top of each other in a cascading pattern. They should, in a sense, flow like a waterfall.

step 2 lines

3. Next, select a color for the midtones. This will be the main color of the hair. For my example, I'm using bubblegum pink.

step 3 midtones

4. Next, select a darker shade of the midtone for the shadows. Shadows are where the light is not hitting the hair directly. This would be underneath the wave and around the crown of the head.

step 2 lines

5. For highlights, select a lighter shade of the midtone. Highlights are where the light is hitting the hair directly. This would be on top of/the center of the wave.

step 5 highlights

6. Next, I'm adding more shadows. Select a dark shade again and add depth where its needed.

step 6 more shadows

7. Finally, I adjust the new shadow to make it more subtle.

step 7 adjust

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