Hair: Basics
By Rio

Long hair Short hair Curled out ends
Basics

The first thing you have to remember is that hair is drawn pretty much alike whether its straight, spiked, or even curly.

The only difference is if it has curves or none at all. Besides that, the trick to drawing hair is how your lines are drawn!

To draw hair that is believable, you have to draw the lines convincingly. To do this, you have to consider the width of a line in relation to another line.

Frizzy haired womanNotice in the first picture on the top that the lines vary in width - wide at top and thinning down at the bottom. All hair pretty much abide by that rule except when you're drawing dreds!

If you look at the other pictures, they pretty much work the same way. Long hair, short hair, etc. Curly hair, on the other hand is a bit different...

Wavy Curly Frizzy Ringlet
Wavy Hair -> Very Wavy -> Frizzy Hair -> Ringlets

Curly Hair Disected
Wavy hair works like drawing straight hair except with curves. Draw them in long continuous lines and don't forget to draw in the curves while you're at it. Make sure you vary the width's between the lines.

Very wavy hair, on the other hand, is a bit different. In this case, the lines tend to be shorter and may start out of nowhere all of a sudden. Notice that there is not just one line or two but several - this emphasizes the curl and adds more volume to the hair.

Frizzy hair has a different trick to it. What you have to do is to create the base curly lines first. These will be the basic main lines on the hair that define how the hair is shaped. (Think outline!) From these basic lines you then add complementary lines that put more depth to the hair.

Take a look at the frizzy hair example - try to find the main base lines and the complementary lines beside them.

Ringlets, on the other hand, only requires that you draw the lines in a cylindrical fashion forming a sort of column. You have to consider that if you draw ringlets you have to make sure that it shows connection as it spirals down to the next curl.

Ringlet 1 Ringlet 2 Ringlet 3 Ringlet wrong
More on Ringlets
Here are some samples of various ringlets. You'll notice that at certain parts of the ringlet, there is a profusion of lines. These lines help accentuate the curve of the ringlet.

One major point you have to remember is that once you draw a ringlet in one direction - make sure you stick to it! This drawing below, for example, has ringlets going in two directions which completely ruins the picture. It confuses the viewer and it disrupts believability.

Test Yourself!
Take at the hair styles below: do you think you can draw them now? Try it out! (You can look at the other tutorials if you like...) =)

Curled ends Spiked hair Mixed hair