How to Draw Curly Hair Deviantart Anime

Anime style drawing and coloring hair


Hair is one of my “top 5” favorite subjects for drawing and coloring; The demand for a tutorial on this was also very high. I tried to add as much information as possible, but the video should be interesting and full of tips!


Nothing here is set in stone and it's mostly about showing how I do things and I hope you like it!



Use references

It's difficult to draw things without knowing what they look like in real life. So first look for photos if you get stuck! This not only applies to anime drawings, but also templates for real people. “But where can I find something like that?” You might ask yourself. There are many options and platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, DeviantArt etc. And if you think cheating, mere copying or even stealing is not the case. Every great artist uses references and examples, so you can do that too.


Shape and volume

In anime, hair and eyes are often used to express emotions and a character's personality, so they are usually given more detail than in real life. But we're talking about drawing here, so there aren't any complex rules for it! Let your hand guide you and practice creativity. Check out your favorite drawings in different anime. When you look at the hair, what do you feel about it?


Straight black hair feels serious



while fluffy curls look warm and inviting!



Tips for sketching

When I draw hair, I just start with rough outlines without paying attention to details: when sketching, only the general shape matters. If you don't know where the hair starts on the head, think of the skull and add some "padding" to it. A simple line in the middle should be enough to show that. You can make the top part more complex once you understand how hair works.


It is also advisable to work with S-curves. Even if the hair is straight, it can be a long, loose S, which makes the hair look light and puffy. The S-curves are more visible with wavy hair!



For perfectly curly hair, I use a different technique. I first draw a kind of spring feather and define the front part. Then I duplicate this line shape.



Then I delete the lines on the back and connect them to a whole spring nib!



You don't have to draw every strand like this (if that's how you want it, of course, then please!). Some are enough to get the feeling you want, and the rest can be in a simple shape.



Don't be afraid to delete what looks wrong and try again. Even if it does take time, it will pay off in the end to invest time in this part to express the right feeling.


Another important tip is to work with long lines, not short, choppy strokes. This will make your drawing look cleaner and less likely to twist your wrist! Take breaks when you get stuck and look for new references to come up with new ideas. Always keep an open eye for new inspirations while drawing. That will help a lot!


Topic "Lineart"

Depending on the drawing, I'll clean up the sketch instead of making lineart. By "cleaning up" I mean removing the messy lines drawn and revising them if necessary, which gives a different feel than a perfectly clean line. I feel like this helps me relax about art and not worry too much about details. You shouldn't be too meticulous here and stick your face to the screen to make sure that every line fits perfectly! To be completely honest, chances are you're the only one realizing your little mistakes.


The brush for the lines can be the same as for the sketch. However, that depends on what look you are aiming for. I strongly recommend looking at the standard brushes in the software or checking out CLIP STUDIO ASSETS. There are lots of great brushes out there that you can easily download.


At this stage, you can make the lines wider where they will intersect or where there will be shadows. This gives your lines more depth.




After you've added the base color, determine where your light source is. Do you remember the basics with the example of shading a ball? Do exactly that! To do this, create rough shapes with the shadow color.



Once you've established the rough shapes, you can refine them however you want. But since you're still studying here, you don't need to focus too much on shadows. Go slowly, within what you think is challenging enough for your current skills, and make it progressively more complex!



As you can see, there is some sort of backlight on the black that matches the gray on the white side. I usually add a little more color to the hair I draw because it looks pretty!


Well, how do you choose the right color? Short answer, there is no such thing as a right color! Play around with them until you find what you like: try pink with blue, purple with green, orange with yellow, and so on. And have fun! Ask yourself how not to make black and white hair look gray, purple, etc.


Using colors similar to those around your drawing will make the hue look correct. For example, if her shirt was red I would add more shades of red to the hair. I tend to use colors that are already in the drawing and play around with them. Like that strand of hair in a blue-red room: there's a bit of every color on it.



However, if you're working with complicated hair combinations like a rainbow or a gradient, you can put a new layer on top of it with the “Multiply” blend mode and test which colors work better without affecting the gradient.



This part is a lot of fun and there are many ways to add shine to your hair. Yes, this even applies to white hair! I like to airbrush the skin color on the bangs so that it becomes visible when I put white highlights on them!



If you don't know what color to use, you can use the hair color, create a new layer, set the Blend Mode to Add (Glow), then add splatters, triangles, lines, and so on. Any shape will work, so use them to your liking, then use Hue and Saturation (Ctrl + U) to change the color to a suitable hue.



When I add highlights, I also add strands of mess. We all struggle with messy hair, don't we? Another little thing I enjoy is making the lashes and eyebrows more transparent. This is easy to do by locking the layer with the lines and then coloring it with a color that is darker or lighter than the hair. Try it! This depends on the hair color you are using and whether or not your lineart is set to multiply.


Closing word

You may not be sure how to draw hair even after reading this tutorial, but don't expect to turn a pro overnight. As I always say, art takes time. At least take this important point with you: Use references! I can't repeat this enough, but be sure to use them carefully. I think you don't really need step-by-step instructions to learn something. Instead, try to understand things in your own way. As long as you enjoy what you do and face life's challenges, the artist in you will grow! Practice is key, but patience and passion are the door to it.


Thanks for reading!

Have fun drawing ☆ ~ (‘▽ ^ 人)


- Hyanna Natsu



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