Color Pencil Portraits - How to Draw Hair
When we draw hair we use a different color pencil technique from the rest of our portrait. The hair is constructed with layers of rhythmic lines that follow the direction of its growth and styling.
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It is best to start drawing the hair after you have completed the skin and the clothes. As the hair overlaps both these features, it is more practical to draw the feathered edges of the hair over them. This will give your drawing a more natural appearance.
The main problem with this method arises when the light hair overlaps a darker background. For example, if you simply draw strands of hair over the cardigan using light color pencils, their brightness will decrease as color pencil pigment is transparent and will be subdued by the darker background color.
Our way around this is to use a sharpened eraser to 'etch' feathered hair lines of white into the clothes. These white lines will pick up the light strokes of color to create a sharper definition against their darker background. (click on the flip icon to view)