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  • #40086
    Lillian.Parks03
    @lillian-parks03

    Okay So I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil but I realised something lately… My hair is not natural looking at all! I know that my eyes are really big on these and I’m working on that but does anyone have tips on how to do hair properly? Anyone is welcome!

    https://www.pinterest.com/parkerlillian2003/
    https://www.facebook.com/lillian.parker.182940

    #40093
    The Fledgling Artist
    @the-fledgling-artist

    @lillian-parks03

    Hey Lillian ! I’ll try to help you out, though disclaimer my art is quite a bit more cartoony then yours is.
    So the hair on these looks pretty good. I myself am a beginner so I can’t really tell you the right/wrong way to do stuff (maybe artists like @christieaton and @mariposaaristio and @ethyrendal would be of more help) but this is how I go about hair.

    I tend to start out with very loose (and slightly exaggerated) shapes.

    (Btw sorry I didn’t spend a lot of time on these sketches)
    And then I add more detail to the hair, like added flyaways and defining little ‘chunks’ of the hair



    And I drew a slightly more realistic lady to show you how that could apply to more realistic stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

    And then I use value and texture to indicate the rest of the millions of hairs instead of drawing loads of individual lines/hairs

    (Again, sorry these are so sloppy and doodly.)

    Well, that’s all I got for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I could be more helpful! I still have a ton to learn.

    "Though I'm not yet who I will be, I'm no longer who I was."

    #40096
    Lillian.Parks03
    @lillian-parks03

    @the-fledgling-artist

    Thx These are great!

    https://www.pinterest.com/parkerlillian2003/
    https://www.facebook.com/lillian.parker.182940

    #40099
    The Fledgling Artist
    @the-fledgling-artist

    Arg I just noticed I posted one of the images twice?? *le sigh*

    "Though I'm not yet who I will be, I'm no longer who I was."

    #40101
    The Fledgling Artist
    @the-fledgling-artist

    Oh and I got some of the tags wrong.. *blush* @mariposaย @ethryndal

    "Though I'm not yet who I will be, I'm no longer who I was."

    #40102
    Brie Donning
    @brie-donning

    @lillian-parks03

    I don’t know much about drawing, but the hair on your second picture looks pretty realistic to me.

    The second less so, but I still like it. I figure curls are harder to make natural looking.

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    #40181
    Mariposa Aristeo
    @mariposa

    @lillian-parks03 I think something that might help you to make the hair look more natural is to add little flyaways like a real person would have. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, shading can help make hair look more realistic.

    Another thing that might help is making the hair strands as thin and numerous as possible (make sure your pencils are sharpened to a fine point).

    One of the things I found helpful in learning to draw hair was looking at pictures of people and trying to copy them exactly. Then, once I mastered that, I attempted drawing hair without a picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think dinosaurs are cooler than dragons. ๐Ÿฆ–

    #40196
    Lillian.Parks03
    @lillian-parks03

    Okay so I tried to do the basic shape thing and thiner strands with ore fly aways on this one so Idk better?ย @mariposaย @the-fledgling-artist

     

    https://www.pinterest.com/parkerlillian2003/
    https://www.facebook.com/lillian.parker.182940

    #40206
    Ara
    @itisastarrynight

    FIRST: I like how you draw eyebraws!!
    I think drawing hair well has a lot to do with shading and lighting. Honestly, drawing anything well just comes down to practice and experimentation so I don’t have that much advice. But Iย really like the hair in the last picture! Especially the friziness. It probably looks nearly, if not just as realistic as the hair I draw. I personally, find hair to be challenging in realism..

    @lillian-parks03

    Sketching with no reference is like hiking without a map!

    #40207
    The Fledgling Artist
    @the-fledgling-artist

    @lillian-parks03 So just an encouragement I can really see some improvement here from the first two drawings you posted. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Somethings I still notice here are that (mostly in the bangs) the hair tendrils (uh what else do you call them? Idunno ringlets?? clusters?) look very uniform and stiff, almost sharp. Almost allย  natural things (not man-made) have a very beautifulย spontaneous and random look to them. Imagine a cluster of wold flowers growing together. They likely don’t look very uniform. Instead they grow and twist around every which way. I’m getting a little off subject here but I hope you understand what I’m saying. :p

    The right side of this drawing is an exaggeration but I hope it gets my point across. ๐Ÿ™‚


    So try to avoid stiff strands of hair like these
    And instead try to have loser/flowyer/softer looking strands

    And then this last thing is probably mostly a stylistic choice?? (So please ignore if you disagree) But I personally would disagree with what mariposa (No offence Mari! I love your art and words of wisdom. <3) said about adding handfuls of tiny strands. I would personally use color and value (along with a few visible strands) to imply the millions of strands.


    I’m not completely sure why, I prefer this way better. It could be that it just meshes with my cartoony style better then the latter. I do think it’s just easier on the eyes for whatever reason.
    Once again sorry these are very quick and doodley, I just wanted to get back to you quickly. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think they get my points across though. (hopefully)

    "Though I'm not yet who I will be, I'm no longer who I was."

    #40220
    Lillian.Parks03
    @lillian-parks03

    @the-fledgling-artist

    Great! Thx! I’ll try this on my next one I’m working on!


    @itisastarrynight

    Thx (abt the eyes) and thx also for the tips!

    https://www.pinterest.com/parkerlillian2003/
    https://www.facebook.com/lillian.parker.182940

    #40239
    Mariposa Aristeo
    @mariposa

    @lillian-parks03 Yes! That one is definitely better! Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป


    @the-fledgling-artist
    No offense taken! ๐Ÿ™‚ There are loads of different methods for drawing/painting and what works for one artist might not work for another. Btw, love that brown-haired girl in the purple shirt. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    I think dinosaurs are cooler than dragons. ๐Ÿฆ–

    #40501
    Andrew Schmidt
    @andrew

    @the-fledgling-artist, that picture (like Mariposa said) is great! I sometimes makes faces and stuff of people, but I’m still definitely a beginner.

    "Muhahaha!"- Unknown Villain

    #40504
    The Fledgling Artist
    @the-fledgling-artist

    @andrew That’s great! ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone is a beginner at some point. So keep trying.

    "Though I'm not yet who I will be, I'm no longer who I was."

    #40509
    Andrew Schmidt
    @andrew

    @the-fledgling-artist ๐Ÿ™‚

    "Muhahaha!"- Unknown Villain

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