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How to Draw Hair (That Actually Looks Like Hair!)

The thought of drawing hair may seem daunting and tiresome, but you can follow these steps to simplify the whole process! Think of ribbons or overlapping flat ‘sheets’ when drawing hair, and use a simple value scale to indicate form (dark, middle and light). You can add texture with lines — these vary according to hair style and can be continuous, thin or thick, light or dark. Use varying amounts of pressure to create different effects!

examples of how to draw hair textures

Here are a few examples of common hairstyles you can practice!

examples of how to draw different hairstyles

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If you’re a teacher that’s looking for classroom content centered around hair, visit this quick and easy resource!



If you’d like more worksheets related to the elements and principles of art, check out our teachers pay teachers page, where you can get worksheets and lesson plans for your classroom! More classroom resources like this one can be found on our art resources for teachers page, where we’ve covered all of the elements of art.

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