How to Draw & Shade Real Hair

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Shading plays a large part in how an image is perceived by the viewer. Draw and shade real hair with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Daisy, I'm an artist, and I'm going to show you how to draw and shade real hair. So I'm going to start with the basic shapes of the people. I'm going to do a lady and a man, so a circle for the head, couple curved lines down to the chin, a neck and some shoulders, give her a couple of ears, some almond shapes for eyes, cute little pointed nose, and some lips. Same with the guy. They're basically the same structure, using a circle for the top of the head, and then it's just the bottom of the head that kind of is a bit different between a man and a lady. Okay, so for the hair, for the girl's I'm going to give her a part over here, it's going to come down, and if you want to draw real hair, they usually have strands. And I'm going to follow the shape of the head and give her some long curly hair that will follow past her shoulders. Use this line here to make it a little bit more realistic, and just follow it down. Now to shade the hair, I do more lines closer to the head to give it a bit of shadow, and then less on the outside. Now for the man, I'm going to do a similar idea, he's going to have a part on the other side, and I'm going to give him, kind of long hair for men, give some to here, and use the same idea for the strands, and you can have strands coming off if they're wispy, and shade it a little bit closer to the head. So there we go. My name is Daisy, and that's how you draw and shade real hair.

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