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Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Creating different types of hair

Hair may be fine, coarse, thick or thin, straight or wavy and a host of other appearances. You can draw many of these variables by varying the thickness of the pencil lead and using different grades of lead. Draw thick, coarse hair with a blunt 6B pencil. Use a sharp HB lead for fine hair. Children’s hair is usually fine, so make sure your pencil point is sharp.

Combing the hair

As shown in this series of steps, use your pencil to “comb” the hair. Lay your pencil strokes the direction the hair would be growing or combed.

Build darks

Once you establish the direction, start to fill in the strokes. If the hair is fine, do not try to get dark in a single layer of pencil lines. Build the darks by continuing to place ...

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