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How to draw shiny hair

You always wanted to give your fashion sketches a beautiful, shiny and full of life hair but you didn’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.

Tip: Make sure you’ve marked some of the ends of the hair and you have a hair path. In case your hairstyle doesn’t need a path, the same coloring rules will be applied to the hairline around the forehead.
Now imagine few ellipses covering the hair. Two of them will be placed always on the top of the head. The number and position of the rest depends on the hair length. For the example illustration two ellipses ( at chin and at shoulder level) are just enough.

How to color realistic hair and to draw shiny hair for fashion design sketches

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.

Tip: Find balance in the width of each hair. If you draw too many and too thin lines they will take you an eternity to finish; if you draw them too quickly your fashion sketch might look messy.Find balance in the width of each hair. If you draw too many and too thin lines they will take you an eternity to finish; if you draw them too quickly your fashion sketch might look messy.

How to color realistic hair and to draw shiny hair for fashion design sketches

 

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.
How to color realistic hair and to draw shiny hair for fashion design sketches

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.

Tip: Every new layer of hairs starts further away from the ellipse and ends (blending) where the previous layer started.
Blend gently with the highlights from top and bottom side of each ellipse. Remember not to cover the highlights completely- part of them should remain visible.Notice that near the path the brush strokes follow the head shape and are curving.

How to color realistic hair and to draw shiny hair for fashion design sketches

 

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.
How to color realistic hair and to draw shiny hair for fashion design sketches

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.
How to color realistic hair and to draw shiny hair for fashion design sketches

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.How to color realistic hair and to draw shiny hair for fashion design sketches

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.
How to color realistic hair and to draw shiny hair for fashion design sketches

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.How to color realistic hair and to draw shiny hair for fashion design sketches

Hopefully this how to draw shiny hair technique was helpful for you. You can use this technique to create amazing looking hair when you draw a braid or curly hair. Have fun creating amazing hairstyles for your fashion sketches and building a great, great looking portfolio!

How to color and draw shiny hair - fashion illustration

About Teya Bozhilova

Teya is the owner and creator of idrawfashion.com.
She works as a freelance fashion illustrator for established and start up fashion labels.
Always and forever excited to bring creative ideas to life with her colorful fashion sketches and a touch of glamour.
If you are looking to hire a fashion illustrator and create something beautiful together don’t hesitate to get in touch!

21 comments

  1. I love this so much.

  2. Madonna vs. Turkish

    like, I am Turkish :D

  3. Great Job And Very Excellent! I Hope You Can Do More Tutorials. ;-)@

  4. You are awesome! So glad I found this site!!

  5. I really love your tutorials! Can you make a tutorial for african american hair pls? :)

  6. Thank you for the nice comments! I Love you!

  7. Very good for disign i from iran

  8. Very well for learn fashen lm from iranian citiy esfahan :roll:

  9. Love it!!! These were my brother’s expresions when he saw it: :-* :-? :-| 8) :-) :roll: :lol: :D ;-)

  10. Love how you explain it!!! It’s perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

  11. its only stupidity

  12. Do you just use a regular pencil? Wow. 8)

  13. Hey, I was wondering if you could make a tutorial on how to draw a side-back view of face, I need it quite often, but I don’t know how to draw it properly :cry:

  14. [quote name=”Ashley”]what exactly is guache[/quote]
    :lol: :lol: :lol: gauche
    Sorry I misspelled it :-)

  15. what exactly is guache

  16. [quote name=”vanny”]very nice :-) ….what did you use to add the white dots?[/quote]
    It’s white gel pen, Vanny, or you can just use white guache.

  17. very nice :-) ….what did you use to add the white dots?

  18. [quote name=”Anne”]I have improved alot with this tutorial,thanks.Could you specify the materials you use?Or make a tutorial with them,please? :-)[/quote]
    Anne,
    This technique can be applied using wide range of artistic media – from watercolors, pencils to ink and markers.
    Next month I’ll prepare a tutorial on the media I use :-)

  19. I have improved alot with this tutorial,thanks.Could you specify the materials you use?Or make a tutorial with them,please? :-)

  20. Very useful! Thank’s alot! :-)

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