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How to Draw Curly Hair

teacher avatar Jasmina Susak, Pencil Artist

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (1h 33m)
    • 1. Intro skill

    • 2. Tools

    • 3. Creating a Sample Lock

    • 4. Placing the Basic Tone - Part 1

    • 5. Placing the Basic Tone - Part 2

    • 6. Softening the Hair

    • 7. Creating the Darkest Parts

    • 8. Building up the Mid tone

    • 9. Building up up the highlights Part 1

    • 10. Building up up the highlights Part 2

    • 11. Finishing Touches - Part 1

    • 12. Finishing Touches - Part 2

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In this class, you will learn how to draw realistic, curly hair. I will show you how to apply pencils for a realistic, professional result correctly.

No matter what your experience level is, you can draw by following this easy step-by-step demonstration. You'll need a few graphite pencils, but you can even use charcoal or colored pencil with the technique shown in this class. You will also need a high-quality paper, erasers, and something for blending the graphite (Q-tips, blending stumps).

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Jasmina Susak

Pencil Artist


My name is Jasmina Susak. I am a self-taught, graphite and colored pencil artist, author of many how-to-draw books and eBooks, innovator and art teacher.

I want to share my drawing skills with anyone who wants to draw because I am convinced that everyone is able to draw; only patience, right guidance, and inspiration is needed.

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1. Intro skill: 2. Tools: Hey guys jasmine, here, let me show you my materials. I will be using this paper by Fabriano Bristol. This is very thick and smooth paper. I'll be using an HB lead in my mechanical pencil. Then to age graphite pencil customer 9 thousand by Feinberg, Castile and 8B. Antral blinding, a blending stump, acute tips. Then erasers, this one eraser until by proper gusto and this mechanical eraser, dental by tumble. And also this white marker by unit Bosco. And an executor knife. 3. Creating a Sample Lock: Okay, and let me show you how to draw curly hair. But let's start with a single lock salute. You can see what we're going to do like this one, for example. And I use my mechanical banter and each be elite. And I start on the top of the clump that I wanted to create using quick, confident strokes. And I press hard on the top. One, I started, start grinding strokes and I release the pressure as I reached the point where I want my highlight to be. So this will create the highlight in the middle. And I'm actually creating the half-tones, which are mostly gradations. So they gradate doors, the shadow on one side and there is a highlight on the other side. So now let's go from the other side. There's the highlights and same here. You press hard when you start creating the lines and you just lift off. Delete depends on as you approach the highlight. So you go from the top to Midway and now from the bottom to Midway and create highlight. Where do stroke Smith. And I'm still using an age believe. So I use a mechanical pencil here because it is very good for creating here. It's very practical. So it will help you make all the hair same thickness. And I want to draw kinda light brown here. And now let's continue here. The next clump, just answer continuation to this one. So this barn that I'm drawing right now. So it should be darkest on this block. And now same here. Just lift off the lead of the benton slightly and it will create the lighter end of the hair. And this will make the clump shiny. And so here you have to decide how curly you're here you want to be. You can mean the ends closer if you want very tiny clumps and so on. And now let's do the same here from the bottom of this second column. And same here. I'm pressing hard and then I just release the pressure. With each stroke. And of course we're going to make the rest of the hair in the same manner, same thing. So I just, I just want to make one sample. Ok, and now I want to shade over the highlights and I'm using it to age here, which is quite a lighter than an HB. And I place the tip of my pencil or the HV area. No2 straw Just strokes over the highlights like this. And also I just release the pressure, either draw or the center of the highlight. And I just want to dark and adds a bit more. And I'm using it to be late for this panel. Just want to continue this lock here a little bit. You can see that I have framed my paper intermodal. I have created a frame. I have drawn the frame because this is the area that I want to draw the hair because this is A4 paper format and I don't want to feel this whole with hair because that would take a lot of time. So basically this is A4 paper format that I want to draw here on. Actually a five, this is a5. Okay, and the next thing is to blend it all with the tissue. So I always blend the here because as you can see, it makes the hair look soft and shiny. And it's very good to blend. And just carefully try not to apply a lot of graphite over the highlights. But if you do so, you can always erase that. And I'm using a mechanical eraser by Dumbo. It's a very practical to, and I like working with it. I just caught the top of it with a knife and it's very hard gum and I get the sharp edge of it. And I just want to create some highlighted here. And here. Let's just darken. This end will read more and some of the stroke can go towards the highlight. So each column should have soft gradation from shadow to highlight. And this is the point of the whole drawing. And of course some parts should be darker. Some rider. And you can see after blending with a tissue, my lock looks kind of kind of blurry, right? So you might think that my we use blurry, but when you take a look at the frame that I draw with a bento, you can see that it's still sharp. So this is what blending does. And it's very useful for make good. Here look soft. Such as change the pressure on your pencil, or use different values of the pencil. To create pure. Even here in the shadow, there should be different towns like lighter shadows are darker shadows like this. So just try not to make everything uniform. And the same goes with highlights. So give them variety in length and thickness. And also apply some dark lines where the highlights and so on. So there's still too strong contrast between the shadow and highlight. And that's why I want to build up the midtone. And I want to do that by using a two h again. So if there is a strong contrast between the shadows and highlights that can indicate a wet or fatty here. Moisturize here. And if there, if there is no strong contrast between the shadows and highlights that can suggest going to dry hair. Okay? Okay, that's it. 4. Placing the Basic Tone - Part 1: Okay, now let's fill in the rest of the paper with clumps. So here we have to decide to create the value of your clumps if your logs don't make, to make them, not to make them all the same. So some of them should be wider, shorter, longer. So you can see that this one that I am just drawing, I want to make it a bit wider. And it's like it goes over the top of the column that I created. It's like overlapping clump. It is important to make overlapping and underlying clumps because they usually go over each other. And this is really, this takes a lot of time and I don't want to repeat myself. We just have to do the same that we did with this sample lock. So it's really time-consuming. And here I'm going to create the bottom of this clump and I want to make it just a bit thinner. So a variety of clumps in size and volume. And of course, this is very important. So here the same I'm pressing hard when I start creating new strokes. And I use quick confident motions and doors a highlight. And that are just lift off the lead gently and it will create a light ends, which is just great for the highlight. And now let's just create more clumps at random. So here next to this Y1. So you can see that these two clumps look like shiny already like this. And just at random just made them anywhere you want without any order. And I use an HB lead all the time. So it really doesn't matter how they look. And it doesn't have to be the same like in my drawing. If you want to draw blonde here, you can start with the two age here. If you want to draw black hair, Of course you can choose like ADB or nine, be even five or six B. And then you go over the highlights with an H V, for example, which is, which is pretty bright for the black hair. So just experiment with these molecules, different shades of graphite. Okay, let's create here one like this. I just really am nothing new to save myself. So it is important to create that gradient transition between the shadows and the highlight. So don't just jump from one to another, but they have that smooth gradation between them. So for now we're just placing the basic tone. So the so called half Dawn. And we're going to add a darker spots to the ends of the clumps and then to go over the highlights, such as one to put all these steps into. So to make them one-by-one for you to, to easily, to be able to easily understand. And of course to do the same. You can always erase something if you don't like. Unless you use, for example, in a b, then it's really difficult to erase. But still, that's why it's the best to use an HB. If you're a beginner. And here in the corner, I don't really want to make any it doesn't have to be just about everywhere. So you can just create a symbol here with some darker. As you can see, I have left some tiny triangles or tiny section on touched for now. As you could see in my final drawing that I just showed in the very beginning, I have created a very dark areas. So I have reserved these tiny triangles in section four, the darker stone. And here you can see that I create longer and shorter clam. It is important to make them different. 5. Placing the Basic Tone - Part 2: This 6. Softening the Hair: Okay, now let's blend it all with the tissue and start or the highlights first. So if you want to apply a lot of graphene from the shadows bards. And I always look for a clean part of tissue to blend the clumps. So if you remember, that was the second step that we did with a sample lock. So here the same. And you can see how it becomes soft and shiny and pretty different. So this way, we're impressing the graphite into the paper, into the fiber of the paper. And this is what will make it look soft. So the lines are not harsh anymore. You can even blended with acuity or with the blending stump, but I would take a lot of time, so I think with a tissue makes it faster when we blend larger areas. So QT abandoned blending stump are good for small sections. But you can also use gotten bad or even toilet paper, kitchen paper TO whatever. 7. Creating the Darkest Parts: Okay, now let's create the darkest part of the picture. The sections between the clumps which also might contain some hair, but it's so deep that it gets no light at all. And that's why I'm using an 8B here. You can use 7B are nine beer and six virulent 3B. She stock gay. But it should be much, much darker than an HB. Particularly if you draw a black hair. Maybe in the case of blonde hair, you can use it to be and not darker. So here I'm just scoring bards that I lifetime dodge that I mentioned. And but you can also cover the areas wherever you want. So if you think that some of the logs you don't like them, they don't look good, just you can just go over them and covered them with an a b, nine B. And just carefully fill in tiny sections if you have, like me, this. So this will actually give the depth to your drawing is very important to use very dark values. So it will look less flat and more realistic. So don't be afraid to use AB or nine B in every drawing. So you just use them bravely. Amine, nothing bad can happen. You can always start a new drawing. If you don't like something. Here you can see that I'm outlining the clumps display and I'm giving them shape. And here also just forever you want where you don't have drawn into clumps or whatever you want to create dark areas. I have sharpen it a bit. This dark rentals are very soft and they run out faster. While those age pencils, they you basically you never have to sharpen them. I actually name and age 68 or so. They could scratch the paper if if they're well sharpened. So that's why I always use a rounded point of an age battles. Okay, here also. You can see that I'm creating also lines between the clumps just a little bit. So not only triangles, but like this, just separate them with a dark area. Now it will be difficult to raise this eight week banter. But we can always change something. Draw it a little bit bigger. But just carefully because we can't erase this. I mean, we can erase a bit, but it won't be white anymore. But you can make them midtown outfit or it. So the most important thing is that you're practicing, that you're getting to know the sprinters have their work devalues that they produce and what you can do with them. And this is only through practicing. Ok, I'm almost done. And you can see now that those highlights that I have left actually untouched there now even more prominent after I have drawn this blank sections. Made them even more. Okay. Okay, now let's blend the edge between these black tiny sections. And they're here. And I'm using blending stump here because I need to blend it precisely. So only the edge. You can see how it still has a strong sharp edge between the black and the surrounding areas. And sad girl like this. So we have to just soft and these edges. You can do it even with a gentle nudge B. But then also you should blend it with a blending stump. So use a blending stump that you have a lot of graphite on its step and not a new one. So just go around a tiny black sections. Like this. You can see the edge appears softer. And just take your time with each section. And I just want to darken this highlight. I think you can see it pop so that cast shadows are important. I think I am here in the corner left. Okay, that's it for this step. 8. Building up the Mid tone: All right, since we have lighten up the meat done with blending with the tissue. So now let's apply again an HB over dammit Dawn, which is the same that we did the very beginning. Since this time, it will look much better because we have already impressed the graphite into the paper and it will look much better. And here also I am using a mechanical pencil with an HBO lead. And I'm basically going, basically going over the areas that I did on the very beginning. So we actually have created shadows, helped on and highlights so far. And it's now time for texture. Texture such as one by one. So now we have established the meat dawn or so to say the basic Dawn. And now we're adding details, are it? So what we have created so far are the shapes of the clumps and now we're adding details. And currently we are carrying texture. And so here you can either change the pencil and use different volumes or you can use the same pencil as me and just change the pressure. You can see how I create much darker lines sometimes in some areas. So I'm just change the pressure. And here the same. So the same thing that we did the first step, but this time with more details. And after blending go to heres will look last sharp. And usually after blending with the tissue, will light an op a bit majorly pencil. And that's why we have to apply it again. Just take your time. You don't have to draw this fast. And of course let's go over the highlights. And same here we have to lift off. When we go over the highlights. And also always create some flyways. Some tiny hairs at random. Find ways they're flying everywhere. They're not connected to any clumps. And they should be dark flyways and also highlighted flowers where it is something that we're going to do. At the end of the drawing. You will see. And also let's cast shadow to make some of the clumps look closer to the viewer's eye and the others further from the viewer psi. So to say deeper. So this is what we can achieve with, with casts shadows. I have shaded this upper part of this tiny lock because I want it to appear much darker. It can lose look less illuminated because some of the parts, some parts of the clumps are always less eliminated. Then the others tried to introduce as many dawns and values are possible. Not only do you have dark and light and Nick towns, or to have a lot of shades of gray included in each drawing that you create. And I'm still using an age will lead. And this is also time-consuming. Just take our time. And of course you have to make the whole drying in one sitting. Because currently here is it's difficult to draw and it really takes a lot of time and patience. 9. Building up up the highlights Part 1: So here also that smooth gradient from shallow to highlight, it is important to create also by changing the pressure in your mental. And now I use a two H and I start over in AB. And I just want to go over the highlights. And also change the pressure of my two H banter to create some darker highlights because they shouldn't be the same, the same volume. So the highlight, some of them should be lighter and some of them darker. So just give them variety and made them different. Just change the pressure on your pencil and you will see that you can create different values are the highlights. Because they care is not eliminated the same way. Everywhere. I mean, over the highlighted part. You can even separated highlighted here with a 2h by creating some darker strokes or to highlight like this. And I just want to feel this area to cover it because I didn't want to make this black because it's too big. So I just wanted to create random jumps like this. Okay, and now we can do the same with each column still using 2h. Because highlights like this or too bright and they still don't have texture. To continue with a two here. And I also press a harder order h be energised. Lift off the banter slyly when I go over the highlights. And some of the strokes, as I mentioned, should be longer to separate some strings this way. And of course, you should use a free rounded points. Because while sharpened point can scratch your paper. So if the logs seems to be too bright, just go over again and again until it looks the way you want it. But if you make it too dark, arrays can be easily erased. And now you can see when you compare the columns that I have done, those that I haven't done. There's a huge difference between them. Between the clumps with only the shape and the clumps with already with the texture. So everything is important. So this 3D shape is embodying and texture is environment. So once again, you just start over the HB area. You press hard and just go over the highlights, releasing the pressure. Because that So gradient is very important. To create this way. This will make the lock. And I'm still using this that I'm doing the same with age. But I want to repeat myself all the time. 10. Building up up the highlights Part 2: Yeah. All right. And our own history. Pause the video. Hello. Go. All right. So all our work. Hello. All all right. Okay. All right. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. All right. The other day. 11. Finishing Touches - Part 1: Okay, and now let's blend these highlighted areas with acute tip. But only those areas that I just drew with a 2h. So nothing else. So basically everything that you draw should be blended to make it soft. And also these clumps of bear more shiny after blending. Such as carefully over 2h areas. And I often replace my cute dibs with the new ones because I don't want to apply graphite highlights. Cheap, so you can just show them out and use the clean ones for the highlighted areas. And now we have only finishing touches, laughed and fly ways. So here we can improve whatever you want to brighten up the areas or to make them darker. Darker and more of the areas. Of course, doesn't mean that you need to, but I just wanted to make down a little bit darker here. This does seem to be too bright to me. It is always easier to add more sheet down to erase. So just start with the ladder or we can apply darker shades or dots. And I'm using an HB furnace. And I just want to stand in line, meet dawns. Okay, and now we can create some highlights, overdue protruding parts of the clumps with an eraser like this. Just place the tip of your eraser or the highlight of a debenture area which gets the most likes and just move it towards the shadows. There is the basic tone and also released a pressure on Europe until on your eraser. And don't push too hard. If you don't want to remove too much of the graphite. But if you do so, just go over with the accusative blending stump or with any banter. And you can dark and eight again, this way. I mean, if you don't like the highlights that you created, you just can cover them. So here we are just enhancing the highlight by erasing this. And of course this highlights also have to gradually disappear into the basic tone of the hair, into the midtone. And as I mentioned, you can achieve that by pressing hard in the center of the highlight and then you just release the pressure outwards. 12. Finishing Touches - Part 2: And I'm using this eraser because I want to highlight. And now I want to use my mechanical pencil eraser. And I get a very sharp edge fit. And I can create hears individualist hairs like this. So this are highlighted, fly them wherever you want. Suggested random, whenever you want to split the tip of your eraser and more. Move it with quick motions like this and just relax and create them in one pass. Here can, can't make mistakes because they can be everywhere. Any shape, they can be curvy straight like this. So you don't have to press too hard enough to eliminate a bit of graphite and to create lighter hairs, highlighted hairs. But we can't do that actually over the 8B areas. And that's all we have to use something like a Whiting jazz bands are white markers, bake markers, something like this. So this will make the clumps and the locks more natural with this flyways all over the place. Because there'll always be some hairs, individual hairs that don't stick to any locks. And sometimes they seem to be to tick. I just don't want to make them the nerve by eliminating the part along them with an executor knife. So you can see what we can do with these tools. And if you don't like this lines that you create with this marker can easily remove them, particularly when it dries up, just switch your nail, or with the next sector knife. And if you don't want them to be too bright, just stop on it while it's white. And okay, that's it. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. You have learned something, and I hope to see you. Bye-bye.