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Drawing Anime Hair by moni158 Drawing Anime Hair by moni158
A little more in depth on the shading and how to draw the hair itself >.<

Tips. (this is how i do it)

Hair falls over the shape of the head and generally goes in the same direction, so a helpful tip is to draw the hair coming from a point. (check bottom pictures ) The point can depend on were the parting of the hair is, but it usually goes at the top of the head. You can use a separate one for the fringe.

Remember to apply gravity (for straight or more realistic hair). The hair will drape over the top of the head and where it comes off the back, it will hang.

Different hair types will act differently, In anime/manga alot of the hair seems to defy gravity, so to keep it looking like hair remember to still make it follow the contours of the head.

For the shading just use common sense, shade where the light hits the hair, and shadow where the hair lies against skin or underneath bangs, behind the neck ...etc. Best to look at real hair since it will show the shape of the head best >.<

Male and female hair are exactly the same, they just generally have different hair styles.

Hair colours



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ShirahamaRakeru Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  New Deviant Student General Artist
You save me! Tkz!! (TT u TT) Deadpool - Watching you 
DarthKooda Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, I wish I could draw hair this good. For me the hair framing the face is the hardest part. :P
DoctorFreddy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work will help me SOOOOOO much, I thank God in heaven for your existance 👏🙂(I tried to put prayer hands, close enough :/)
theBESTartistfelicia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
Yass, this is some fucked up shit because everyone makes being awesome look so ez
foxhunter1231 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
what would you call this style of hair.:baffled: In search for answers baffledmeow ? Question mark (Symbols) Warning! (Icon) 
Halapande Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, these tips are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing. Appreciated. :heart:
Navijunior Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
Have I mentioned how fantastic you are for drawing these? Thanks!
FoxyandChicafan Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks so FAKIN' much! I never knew how to draw anime hair.. ;-; But this helped! Thankies!
Splurtsplet Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great stuff
Mayofanboy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Is there a method to your madness when you choose the colors for your shades and highlights? 
MuteStorm Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpful. :)
dudgus2429 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
ann47 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014   General Artist
excellent tutorial ,this  is  useful:)
brachiotoxic Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
jellycenter Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Omgee, thanks!
Fyre-Flies Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have one where you don't use the same face for female and male?
sugomon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you want, I'd love to see how you, personally, draw girls and boys! (Like a side by side thing to show the differences.) Love your tutorials.
MichaelWolfHeart Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you draw the guys hair from the front?
Sandaloveyou Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
THE BOY LOOK LIKE Gaara from Naruto
RubyP Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
xD i just raided your tutorial folder, would it be possible for you to do another hair one?
NightmareCupcake Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome, thanks for sharing ^^
BulletsForBlue Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
All of your tutorials are awesome! Thank you
gamermom5 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These tutorials are really helpful, thank you.
Mely9Matzir Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Interface Designer
gracias! :) por subir esto!
Lefhdan-Magnus Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Th hair!!! OwO
Blacktiger-eyes Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student General Artist
this mades my life so easily! thx *w*
MaxxPrime Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Ah! You're some of the few people who actually makes me understand this better! Thank you so much for uploading!
DeltaPaint Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I have a very serious Question so serious I actully spelled the word correctly
how do u tranfer something that u drawn by hand into the computer the turn it into a line version (By line version i mean you take off all the smuges and make it perfectly perfect) and also what do you use for your coloring and shading?
TheOtakuMusician Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, I apologize!
Here's the link to Paint.NET

There's also GIMP:

And FireAlpaca:

Everyone is different with what type of program works best for them. Try giving all of those a shot and see which one you like best!
TheOtakuMusician Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not the poster of this art but I might be able to help you out.

Scan it, or take a good-quality picture of it with a camera, and put it on your computer. Crop the unneeded accessories out, and open your picture in Adobe Photoshop CS2+ or Paint Tool Sai.*

*These tools work the best for lineart and drawing; however, you can download Paint.NET and use it. Link to that is here: I do believe there's also a free version of Paint Tool Sai, but with limited access to its features, but don't quote me on that.

It's also best to have a pen tablet, such as a Bamboo Wacom Capture ($100), or a Bamboo Wacom Create ($200). There's also an Intuos 4, but that's $300 - 400. It's possible to line artwork without a pen tablet and just your mouse, but that will require a bit more skill and patience.

With a tablet, all you have to do is outline your picture (IN A NEW LAYER!) to the best of your abilities, which is a lot easier since it's closer to inking on a regular piece of paper. If you're just using a mouse, however, try Googling and/or Deviantart searching "How to use the pen tool in Photoshop CS2+" That will teach you how to properly use the pen tool and make your lines nice and smooth.

I hope this made some sense to you. n_n Take my advice with a grain of salt, though; it's just coming from a girl who had been linearting with her mouse and the Photoshop pen tool until she got her very first tablet last week! Good luck and happing drawing!
DeltaPaint Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Wow, thanks big time. I can't come up with words to express my gratitude. so just thanks man
Awakened5 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you again-
SilverandZuko Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Is there a place you explain how you "brush" in the gradient? do you just create a new layer and apply the gradient or is there some way to paint it in into the area you want?
Nowhere-Concepts Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
reminds me of "how to draw a horse" xD
MysticFlamer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice and simple^^ Thank you very much for showing us your technique!
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bald ye:heart:, got tips for thin & thick braids/Mohawks etc?
LMonster2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great lines!
Seibri--Rataku Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
i like coloring my characters hair with colored pencils. I show the direction with each stroke like Masashi Kishimoto does with his art!
nurnanachan Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
this helps a lot! thank you so much :)
BiggestMangaNerd Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helps so much <3
I think that the hardest thing to color is the hair...
So again, thank you <3
Misschevieouslilme Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student General Artist
omg these are amaxing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ookamira Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
uguu ~ ;A; your tutorials are so beautiful, I adore your style of drawing those pointy hair thingies.
pointless comment of fangirling has arrived ~~
asnemtora Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
looptyloop160 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
these are really pretty! i love it. <3
theanimegirlaka Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Maioris Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
wooow~~ great !♥
sashizim Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student General Artist
did you change any of your opacity or layer preferences when painting?
GoGo-Ghosty Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student General Artist
this looks helpful!
Thanks for uploading!~~♥♥
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