How to Sketch Anime Hair

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STEP 1. We are taking a shortcut in the guidelines. Draw the two circles with the intersecting lines for the eyes and nose. Get in the long lines for their neck and body. Then do the shoulder/arm lines and circle for hand. Sketch them with a No. 2 pencil. Remember to do it lightly for easy erasure.   STEP 2. You might need to click on the picture to see where to draw both their eyes and cheek blush.   STEP 3. Now draw in their mouths, cheek, jawline, and his neck. Watch closely where these relate to the guidelines and draw lightly please.   STEP 4. Take your time while drawing this picture because in this step you need to pay close attention to how his hair spikes at the cut edge. Remember to draw in his ponytail.   STEP 5. Try looking closely to where her hair appears in relation to the guidelines for more accuracy. Don't forget her barrettes.   STEP 6. Now draw in his shirt, collar, tie, and vest.   STEP 7. Draw in her blouse, collar and their hands.   STEP 8. Your drawing may look like this or you might have your own version. At this point, you can color in your picture with a medium of your choice.   STEP 9. Here is the basic color combination of the Anime boy and girl. Following this step are tips on sketching/drawing anime hair or any hair.   STEP 10. This picture represents hair flow from the crown (top) of the head. Imagine taking a wig stand and drawing these lines, representing the direction of the hair. 1) First pic at top is Frontal View. 2) Second pic at top is Side View. 3) Third pic at bottom is Rear View. 4) Fourth pic at bottom is Top View. This is the general direction of hair growth and this is how we artists would draw it.   STEP 11. These head outlines show where the hair height should be. Unless the person is bald or hair is slicked down by water or hair gel, the hair will have height. Two top heads are Front and Side view. Bottom heads are Rear and Top view. The arrows help with basic direction of how the hair falls.   STEP 12. Here are some examples of hairstyles (in anime fashion) that you can see from the different viewpoints. Try making up new hairdo's. Or look at some anime pics to practice different styles.   STEP 13. One thing you need to remember while sketching your hair is light source. Basically the object closest to the light will be bright. The further away will be in shadow. The light overhead (moon) causes her bangs to shade her face, but the light is reflecting off the back of her hair and the top of her bangs.   STEP 14. PENCIL POSITIONS: How in the world do you create hair without the helmet, mop, haystack, toupe wig fake looking effect? The secret is in how you hold the pencil and the type of pencil's edge. Holding a sharpened pencil in normal writing form with fingers in the middle or near the lead allows for very thin strokes. Holding the pencil at a 45 degrees or near level to the table with end of pencil under your palm allows you to stroke from side of pencil of the flat side. Oh, I'm not stopping here because a chiseled pencil is a dream. You can find those in the art store and chisel to your heart's content with sandpaper. Look at the different effects in this step. Practice these strokes and see the difference.   STEP 15. CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR TONE/TEXTURE & PENCIL STROKES.   STEP 16. LINE - SHAPE - FORM: This is what causes that illusion. Click on the picture in this step and see how these shapes can form hair!   STEP 17. GO WITH THE FLOW: 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. See? Play with that pencil, honey. See how those strokes FLY OFF THE PAGE. LET IT FLOW, DUDE! ***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 18. Here is the full color version of the Anime Boy & Girl (in love)! Let me know what you think of this tutorial. I love hearing from you. Fav, comment, or click on "Love it," to show your support! Luv and hugs to you all!   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.