Traditional-Drawing Tutorial: How to Draw Realistic Hair with a Pencil

In this tutorial I am going to show step by step process of drawing hair with a pencil.

Materials required:
- A sheet
- HB pencil
- 2B pencil
- 68 pencil
- A blank paper(you will need the paper to place it under your hand so that you dont smudge the tones you are creating).

KEEP YOUR PENCILS SHARP! Let's get started!

End result:
How to Draw Realistic Hair with a Pencil Final Image

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Practice tutorial


Step 1

In this tutorial i will focus only on hair drawing. I've started with a face already drawn.
Draw your sketch with sharp HB pencil.
Hair is "crazy". They go anywhere. So while drawing hair dont get scared .Just remember the motion of hair and keep drawing.
In this case girl's hair is blown away by the air. They are wavy.

Step 2

Keep in mind the motion of the hair. Move your pencil very lightly according to the motion of hair.
I have used 6B to start filling the hair.

Step 3

There are three main tones...highlight, middle tone and depth.
Fill the dark areas with 6b and then smudge it lightly with finger or cotton...

Step 4

In the figure below, I have shown the direction in which you will move your pencil. In this way the fill the hair. From dark to light... Leave it white where you want to show highlight.

Step 5

We need crisp lines. So either use mechanical pencils or keep the sharpeners in your hand. Keep in mind the direction and motion of hair. Move your pencil accordingly.

Step 6

Now we are doing the left side of the head. Its the same process. Move your pencil lightly...with some blunt lines, some crisp lines....

Step 7

I am adding some more chunks of hair...

Step 8

While you draw line dont flatten the tones you have created. Add some depth...

Now we have to draw the hair on the face. This is to be done very carefully. Use your sharp HB pencil and draw the hair very lightly...

Step 9

With adding a little depth its done....

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[banned] says:

super................!!!!! its really good...really helpful .thank you so much...!!!!!

(5 years and 2193 days ago)
avatar nishagandhi

nice tutorial Niharika

(5 years and 2190 days ago)
avatar hereisanoop

I wish I can handle the pencil like this...
very nice result....

(5 years and 2190 days ago)
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[banned] says:

The steps are easy to follow steps. but not all can do this. Its really awesome. I will surely try to follow the steps.

Web Designer Houston

(5 years and 2187 days ago)
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(5 years and 2183 days ago)
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[banned] says:

thanx niharika. nice tutorial

(5 years and 2181 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Beautiful result I should be brave and try to draw it

(5 years and 2181 days ago)
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niks1351 says:

I know you will do great Cornelia....

(5 years and 2181 days ago)
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Guest says:

It's great and your explanation of tutorial is very nice.

(5 years and 2177 days ago)
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[banned] says:

it's very interesting, hope i can do better.....!

(5 years and 2171 days ago)
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[banned] says:

it's amazing...........wonderful..........i dnt no wat to tell

(5 years and 2171 days ago)
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niks1351 says:

@ vishnuchandran
Thanx...I would love to see your work....

(5 years and 2170 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Hey nice tutorial..
never liked to use 6B or 2H pencils i create all types of shade(just dark and light) using only HB penpencil, but after seeing ur tutorial feel like using those pencils too..
was able to do quite k face sketches, but couldnt do girls hair after trying alot ..

(5 years and 2048 days ago)
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Saranya says:

nice tutorial but try to keep a video ,so that illiterates can understand

(5 years and 1729 days ago)
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flower says:

I thinkn its good but like the head is kinda small for the face but its pretty nice. I started drawings like this when i was a beginner, but good tutorial anyways

(5 years and 1421 days ago)
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[banned] says:

@flower.ya its for beginners but its coll.i hope all of u become best drower

(5 years and 1389 days ago)
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[banned] says:

wow u r the best

(5 years and 1111 days ago)

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