You always wanted to give your fashion sketches a beautiful, shiny and full of life hair but you din’t know how to draw it? This step by step tutorial will teach you an easy technique how to achieve this. Learn how to draw and color realistic, shiny hair and bring something special to your designs. Have fun!
Step 1: Draw a hairstyle outlines
Draw the outlines of the hairstyle you like.
Step 2: Draw the highlights
Having the position of the ellipses in mind, start building the highlights with a very light color.
Start your lines from outside of the ellipse and finish about its border. For best results try to make the hairs gradually disappear as you enter the ellipse and leave its center white.
Step 3: Mark the shadows
Shadows, of course depend on the light source and many other things, but in this tutorial we’ll use the basic shadows rule: What’s behind or in the deep is darker!
So color the area around the head using a darker shade, since it’s behind the face.
The area behind the ear is darker too and right next to the hair path there will be some shadows.
Step 4: Add the Basetone
Add a second layer of hairs that blend it with the highlights from step 2.
Pick a color that is darker than the highlights, but lighter that the shadow tone.
Step 5: Fill it all
Use the same color from previous step to fill the empty spots of the hair. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect at this point.
Step 6: Draw 3rd layer of hair
Take the shadows color and the next layer of hairs.
Start from the shadow areas. The lines should cover part of the base color, but never touch the highlights. Keep the direction of the lines parallel to the outlines.
Step 7: Draw 4th layer of hair
To make the hair look more realistic you need to add a last layer of hairs. Use a color even darker than your shadows- maybe something greyish or even black for brunettes. Start the furthest away from the ellipses and move carefully in.
Step 8: Blend!
After you went through all the steps most probably you will need to blend the result in order to make the hair appear more natural and smooth. Use the same technique filling all the gaps and uneven parts that you don’t like. Work until you’re satisfied.
Step 9: Magic in my hair
This is an optional step that goes very well with most formal hairstyles. Add few white dots in various sizes. You can even draw tiny stars here and there. Place these dots near the highlighted areas and be aware of not overworking it.
Hopefully this how to draw shiny hair technique was helpful for you. Have fun creating amazing hairstyles for your fashion sketches and build a great, great portfolio!