Hair drawing methods

Drawing hair in a figure piece is hard. There are lots of ways to do so.

A lot of ways are imperfect. Some are strange and wonderful.

I’m going to go into a little bit of exploration on different artists and how they make hair.

 

 

Milo Manara

Manara’s way of drawing hair is at first look simple. How can an artist convey so much character with so few lines?!!? Manara does the same in his whole figures. But let’s focus on hair.

Manara-hair1
This piece has been inked first, and then colored in likely with watercolor.

Manara-hair2
Note the break of the lines, they are not continuous.

Manara-hair3
Again, very few lines, these are curved.

Manara-hair4
Notice that inside the hair body, there is a lot of space.

Matthew Gaulke