How to Draw Hair on Illustrator

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Drawing hair on Illustrator will require you to work with multiple layers for the best possible results. Draw hair on Illustrator with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a graphic artist and I'm going to show you how to draw hair in Illustrator. So I've already drawn my head shape just so that I have something to draw my hair on and I'm just going to go ahead and I'm going to lock this layer so you go to your layers and you just click the lock button and if you can't find your layers you can always just to to Window and layers is right there. So what I'm going to do is draw the hair. Now the trick to using Illustrator is you're going to want to draw your hair in sections. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to just start off with the basic shape and if you've got a pen tablet this makes it a little bit easier. So there I've got one side of the bangs now adjust this and you can go to the direct selection tool if you don't like your shape and you can select one of the anchor points that is on your drawing and you can just move it a little bit and I'm actually, I'm just going to make it so that, there we go, it's connected. Okay, so if your shape is properly connected, and it may not be you're going to want to just make sure that it's connected and then I'm going to actually re-draw this because you're just going to want it in one, let me use the mouse just because, okay, so I'll just make a basic shape and this shape I'm going to actually shrink it down and the way you know that your shape is connected when you click it and you fill it, it actually fills it with color so just remember that. Now I'm going to actually lock this layer and hide it and the way you hide your layer is just to select this button which will have an eye showing and if it's not it will be invisible. And then so I'm going to create another layer and put it underneath the head and start drawing my hair. Now I'm going to give this person a very basic haircut. Now I'm going to actually pull down option and make sure you have the selection tool selected and just copy it and then hold down control, go to transform, reflect and this will make it so that you can make a direct reflection of this image. Alright so, alright so then what you're going to want to do is these are two separate pieces so you're going to want to select both and go over to your pathfinder window and select unite and this will make it so that you have a full shape and not just like a piece of shapes. So then you can adjust how big or how small your hair is. So I'm going to make it a little bit bigger because it's too small. Okay, and then I'm going to go back to this layer, actually no I'm not, I'm going to, actually I'm going to make it visible but I'm still going to have it locked and then I'm going to create another layer on top of that for the next part of the bangs and just make a very basic bang shape and depending on the style of hair you're making, you can turn it a little different. Alright now what I'm going to do is this, now these are all solid shapes and the way I'll check that, as I said before, just fill it, great. So then I'm going to select my locked shape and fill those with the same color, select that one. Okay so you still have this problem of the head is the same color as the hair and that can probably frustrate you a little bit so, easy to fix, unlock your head and select the ellipse and just fill it with the color you want and actually what I think I've done here is yep, and now you've got your basic hair shape. And that is how you draw hair in Illustrator. My name is Alex Cecilio. Thank you.


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