African Mask Design Lesson - The Hair

Stylizing the hair - 1


African Mask Design Lesson - Styling the Hair1


  • On the light background draw a stylized design to represent hair or braids.
  • A straight, simplified, linear design is used here to contrast with the curves on the rest of the mask.


Stylizing the hair - 2


African Mask Design Lesson - Styling the Hair 2


  • Cut out the stylized hair braid, flip it over and place it onto the dark side of the design.
  • This completes the symmetry and is the final counterchange of the arrangement.
  • The layout of the mask is now complete.

Stylizing the hair - 3


African Mask Design Lesson - Step 2 - Designing the Nose 3


  • This illustration depicts some alternative styles of hair.
  • Note how each style has been reduced to a few simple lines.
  • Simplified features communicate quicker and have a greater visual impact than more detailed images.


Next: Step 8 - The Finished Design