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The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets by Carrie Stuart Park

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Drawing Hair

The items that seem to create the most difficulty, whether drawing an adult or child, are shading and hair. I find the biggest secret to drawing hair is that it takes time. You should plan to spend a lot of time on the hair because there really aren’t any shortcuts.

Sharpen several pencils, because hair is fine (especially children’s hair) and requires a sharp point.

Straight hair. Even though the hair is “straight,” make sure it conforms to the roundness of the head. Your pencil marks should follow the direction that the hair grows.

Curly hair. Curls shouldn’t just look like pencil squiggles. Each curl is made up of many hairs; therefore, many pencil strokes are required to make it look real.

Thick hair. Where hair is thick, ...

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