Hello! I decided to make a hair tutorial to show the technique I’m using for my fashion drawings. I was stunned when I noticed how much you like them, because the process is actually pretty simple (or I hope you find it simple after this tutorial ;)):
Materials: I use a graphite pencil to sketch, a kneaded eraser (will appear later on photo), a sheet of paper with a nice texture and two colored pencils. For my latest drawing, I used Faber Castell Polychromos: “Cobalt Blue-Greenish” for lights and “Helioblue-Reddish” for shadows (any brand will do, though).
Choose a reference photo that you like or find inspiring. The highest the resolution, the more you’ll be able to pay attention to detail.
Take the light blue pencil and start drawing—ignore the finished side, please. Look at your reference, notice the different directions of the strands and how they are weaved together. You can also make this step with a graphite pencil, and once you are happy with your outline, erase lightly and trace with colored pencil.
Fill in the darker areas (still with the light color) in linear motion—from the beginning and along the length of each strand. As I wanted some parts to be completely white, I stopped at the middle and began from the “bottom” to complete the strand. Apply more pressure when you start and release when approaching to lighter areas to achieve gradients.
Now the first layer is done!
Take the dark blue color and start adding shadows, study your reference photo and see their distribution. Apply the method described above: more pressure on darker areas and release when close to lighter ones.
Keep coloring, applying the lighter color first and then the darker one.
When you’re almost finished, add some highlights with a kneaded eraser…
…and don’t forget the details!