Hi. How do you draw a realistic curly hair using colored pencils? I'm currently doing a portrait and the subject has curly hair..

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Hi Naomi,

Maybe someone will come along with more specific advice for drawing realistic curly hair with colored pencils, but in the meantime I can give you some general advice!  Instead of thinking that you're drawing "curly hair", focus instead on the lights, shadows and mid-tones, and aim to draw those instead. I would suggest drawing the highlights first, then the mid-tones, then the darkest parts, since it is easier to go from light to dark with colored pencils.  If you break it down into those 3 components (lights, mid-tones, shadows) it may seem less daunting then trying to draw a mass of curly hair!  I find that drawing with colored pencils is often a process of breaking down each section of the drawing to bite-sized portions, which makes the drawing easier to tackle. 

Hope that helps and good luck with it!!

Thank you so much Thaneeya! It really helped me a lot :)

Naomi, I've found Lee Hammond's books reallly helpful.  She draws in graphite and colour pencil, other mediums too. But she does explain how to draw hair in some of her books. If you google her you will find lots of info.  I found most of her books in my local library.  I hope that helps. Pauline

Hi Pauline. :) Thanks for the tip, I'll check out her books.

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