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How To Draw A Baby's Hair

Updated on April 4, 2013

Drawing Baby Hair

I am a pencil portrait artist who works from photographs as art reference. I get asked very often for drawing tips. Many people have a lot of problems drawing hair, but it isn't really hard to do -- you just need some hints and advice and you'll be on your way to drawing beautiful baby locks!

Here are my tips on how to draw very short, fine, wispy hair or baby hair. If you've been having trouble drawing a baby's hair, you might be intimidated by thinking about your drawing being of a baby. Try to ignore that, and focus in on shapes and texture. For the very fine hairs, use a mechanical pencil so the lines will be very thin and light.

You can do it!

All short hair is not the same. A baby's fine, wispy soft hair is very different from a grown man's short cut hair, so you need to keep what type of hair it is in mind when you draw. For example, a baby's scalp may possibly show through a baby's hair, because the hair is so thin, fine, and wispy.

Other than those differences, drawing short hair isn't much different from drawing longer hair. Draw what you see. Even short hair follows a direction.

Remember that the head isn't a flat surface - think of an egg and sphere shape. Hair grows in a circular pattern from the top of the head. Look for what direction the hair is flowing and try to replicate that.

Your lines will be shorter of course, but look for texture. Is the hair very slick, shiny? Or is the hair more coarse and dry? Make sure you use your erasers (as explained in a previous article) to create highlights. You may find that the ClickEraser (stick type eraser) will create the best effects in short hair.

For more of my advice on drawing hair, see my How To Draw Hair in Pencil Squidoo lens!

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      I can't get over how real the baby looks. Your work is so great.

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      6 years ago

      Kanji:ç§ã®èµ¤ã¡ããã触ããªãã§ãã ãããRomanji:Watashi no akachan o sawaranaide kudasai.


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