How to DRAW HAIR – transform your figure drawings and portraits

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Of all the videos we have done, I’m not sure I’ve been as excited for one as this hair drawing tutorial! Here are the reasons:

1. Hair is overlooked, but is SO important for both portraits and figure drawings. Just think about how much someone changing their haircut affects their appearance – hair is as important as any feature

2. Frank Gambino is amazing at drawing hair, especially with charcoal, and in this video he’s giving us a really doable and straight forward approach to drawing hair. Check out Frank’s Instagram:

3. When I tried it, it really worked for me first time. I think it’ll work for you too if you follow the steps.

Here are some extra notes about the tutorial:
1. We are drawing Mayko’s dark straight hair because it’s dark and straight. Frank said that was a lot simpler, so it’s a great place to start. If you’d like us to continue with fair hair, blonde hair and curly hair, let us know in the comments below.

2. We are using willow charcoal here. You would use the same steps with graphite pencil. It’s probably a good idea to sharpen in a way that you can use the side of the lead for that flat mid-tone bit. Let us know in the comments below if you’d like us to show the process with other materials, and which materials you’d like to see.

3. Try this yourself and let us know how it goes! Get a head close up photo of someone with dark straight hair to start with, with some light on their hair so you have something to draw and easiest to try it out with charcoal to start with.

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