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STEP 1. Sketch lightly the ovals with a No. 2 pencil. Don't make your sketch lines dark like mines. They are very dark to make it easier for you to follow. Also add the bisecting lines. Stay close as possible to the shapes in the picture.   STEP 2. The strange crescent shapes on the ovals is just a reminder that hair will be there. Draw in the curved shoulder lines.   STEP 3. The parallel lines are to help with eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth placement. Draw in these lines lightly.   STEP 4. Right now, drawing in these general shapes will make it easier to sketch in the details later. Go ahead and draw in the eyebrows, eyes, noses and mouths. Note there is an unfinished eyebrow on the 2nd head. Don't worry about drawing it in because it is hidden by her hair.   STEP 5. Now draw in lightly their hair. Line portions of their necks need to be added. The first figure needs a neckline. The second figure has a left shoulder added (facing you). The third figure needs a right shoulder (facing you) added.   STEP 6. Erase the guidelines and any other distracting lines. I let the shadow of my guidelines still appear so you can compare how different the picture looks when they are erased. If you apply your lines darkly, they will leave this shadow so sketch lightly to avoid this. Make sure you apply the neckline on the 2nd girl. Don't forget the shoulder strap and hair adjustment on the 3rd girl. Your picture won't look exactly like this, but remember my picture is only a guide.   STEP 7. MY TIP: If you feel your picture is not balanced, put it up to the mirror. Also take your reference pic and put it in the mirror too. That will help to expose what facial features are off. To measure out where the features go, take an envelope, piece of paper or a ruler (straight edge)... anything to vertically represent your line placement. Take your reference pic, put the straight edge against the edge of the smile line and see where it lands near the eye. Then do the same on your drawing, if it doesn't land in the same place, adjust.   STEP 8. This picture shows what pencils I use to get contrast and detail & how the lead appears in crosshatch, line, and circular shading. The pencil lead starts from light (H=hard) to dark (B=soft). The wonderful thing about mechanical pencils is that their lead is always sharp. When it runs out, you change it. The second half of the picture shows my very dark graphite pencils & blending stumps. You can shade a little with blending stumps with remaining graphite on it or you can rub the stump with something like a 2B pencil and shade darker with it. Try these tools out.   STEP 9. The picture that goes with this step shows two different ways to hold your pencil to acquire certain effects. OVERHAND: Holding a sharpened pencil in normal writing form with fingers in the middle or near the lead gives you great control and thin/detailed strokes. UNDERHAND: Holding the pencil at a 45 degrees or near level to the table with end of pencil under your palm with pencil on the flat side, gives you large shading coverage. With the No.2 pencil, you have the exposed lead side to shade with. But for a wider swath, use that Cretacolor Monolith graphite pencil with no wood casing. The whole sharpened portion is all lead, like in the step's picture. Practice the toning values to help you with control.   STEP 10. Draw in some hairs to the eyebrows, add eyelashes and pupils to the eyes. You can do some subtle shading to the bridge of the nose. Feather in some bangs to the last girl. Where the hair parts on 1st & 2nd girl, add detailed strokes. The next steps shows why you put in tiny hair strokes at the hair parts.   STEP 11. TIP: HAIR ROOTS. Basically, you're following the direction of object's shape, that is the hair. The hair will curl around, flow from, and slick to the head. The head is like a curved ball, so the hair extends from that ball by the arrowed directions. Keep practicing stroking in one direction, letting the pencil flow off... as if you're painting your nails or brushing off your pants. ***Those parts... let little strokes of hair (roots) appear at the edge of the parts. Click on this picture and see those tiny strokes   STEP 12. When you shade in a new area (like eyebrows, eyes, nose, or mouth), erase lightly or dab with a kneaded eraser that area you will start to shade. You can see this process with the eyebrows and nose. Now shade more under the eyes and around the cheeks. Make sure your pencil stays sharpened as you shade.   STEP 13. If your face and lips outlines are too dark, lightly erase them. Now continue to shade the face.   STEP 14. Here we are detailing the mouth more. Just shade lightly at a diagonal slant. The cheek lines & lips are defined by this process. Also add a slightly darker shadows at the edges of their mouths. lips.   STEP 15. For drawing the eyebrow hairs realistically, click on this picture to see how the hair flows and how you can draw them. The hair flows down from the eyebrow arch. Also the hairs come up from the bottom of the eyebrow. Then they flow to a tip at the end of the eyebrow. I hope this helps.   STEP 16. Add strand lines & waves to their hair. Draw them lightly so you can easily blend in the lines. Shade down to their necks. Notice how everything starts out real simple then I build up on the picture. Always look at the reference, draw from it, and observe the placement of your shapes. If you get confused, cover up your ref. picture & drawing leaving the same area you're working on to help with focus.   STEP 17. Long hair can take longer to create than a face. The curved & lines represent the direction of the hair strands & help to keep focus on drawing the hair. Add more hair strands & begin shading their hair.   STEP 18. Here is the beginning of shading the hair. The strokes are curved and go along with the basic shape of the hair groups. Actually, this is much like filling in lines in a coloring book. Still you need to start your pencil strokes from the darkest points and follow the direction of the hair lines. Harder pressure in the dark areas, then lighten pressure as you finish your stroke.   STEP 19. When you start darkening the hair, you'll notice doing it in layers gives a realistic look. Darken as you go along, looking at your reference. TIP REPEAT: When you start a stroke with your pencil, the beginning pressure is harder and ends up thicker at the base. As you finish the end of the stroke, it is lighter and tapers off much like a paint stroke. That is why it's much easier to get the dark to light appearance starting the stroke from the darkest area.   STEP 20. Keep adding those hair strokes in the direction of the curls. It helps to keep looking at the reference and not assuming where the lines flow. TIP: For fly-away hair, I keep the lines there. After shading the hair more, look at the ref. pic. to see where to lighten the fly-away strands with a thinned edge of a kneaded eraser.   STEP 21. Continue to shade the hair, filling in the white areas, adding detail like fly-away hair.   STEP 22. The blending stump can work miracles for your picture. Use the skinny, tiny one for small areas, like around the eyes, in the nose and mouth. The larger stump can blend larger areas, even the cheek areas and skin tone areas. Now if you want a really smooth and can risk that area to appear lighter, use some soft tissue. That really breaks down the graphite lines to a smooth finish. I've used a blending stump to darken the light hair areas.   STEP 23. I took my graphite crayon (9B) and darkened the girls' hair in the darkest areas. I shaded with a No.2 & 4B pencil to add the dark background. Blended some more at the bottom of the picture to add a smoky look. Well, I hope you've had a great time learning in this tutorial. And to wrap this up... a good night to you all! Much luv and peace!   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11. Step 12. Step 13. Step 14. Step 15. Step 16. Step 17. Step 18. Step 19. Step 20. Step 21. Step 22. Step 23.