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This will be the first time that I actually made a new topic so if I got it in the wrong place don't get mad :/ Anyways I need some tips on drawing anime hair because I can never actually do it correctly. I use guides online but all of the guides I looked through didn't really help so I was going to check if Crunchyroll forums could help ^.^
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Rawlfred wrote:

This will be the first time that I actually made a new topic so if I got it in the wrong place don't get mad :/ Anyways I need some tips on drawing anime hair because I can never actually do it correctly. I use guides online but all of the guides I looked through didn't really help so I was going to check if Crunchyroll forums could help ^.^


Not mad!

The Advice forum wasn't a bad place to put the topic, but our "Creative Corner" forum is a bit better for this specific kind of thing, so I've moved it there.

I don't draw at all though, so I dont't myself have any tips.
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Rawlfred wrote:

This will be the first time that I actually made a new topic so if I got it in the wrong place don't get mad :/ Anyways I need some tips on drawing anime hair because I can never actually do it correctly. I use guides online but all of the guides I looked through didn't really help so I was going to check if Crunchyroll forums could help ^.^


Can you post one of your attempts at drawing anime hair? It would be easier to give more specific advice. Even though I just started drawing anime characters recently but I'll try to help
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Here, sorry its sideways
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Rawlfred wrote:

Here, sorry its sideways


Here are some things that you can try. These are more general tips for drawing but I think they should help you.

Lines/contours:

1. For smoother lines, try holding the pencil lightly between your thumb and index finger such that you can sort of swing it back and forth like you would with a compass (the kind you use to draw circles). Practice with crescent, half circle types of lines first. You want to sort of do a broad sweeping motion for a clean curve.

2. I learned that you're supposed to use your entire arms length to get clean, confident lines instead of using your wrist. So draw from your elbow instead of your wrist for broader lines and draw from your wrist for shorter lines. Practice learning to control the way you move your wrist, elbow, and shoulder when you draw.

3. For straight parallel lines, try to hold your pencil completely still, keep your hand in the same position, then only move your lower arm back and forth in a horizontal line perpendicular to your lower arm, using your shoulder as the pivot.

4. Also where you place your fingers on the pencil makes a difference. The farther away your fingers are from the pencil tip, the lighter and more relaxed your lines will appear.

Shading:

1. I think it would be easier if you practice with lighter colored hair first, like white or light purple. The difference between the highlights and shadows would be easier to see. What I usually do is I would use light parallel lines to fill in all of the shadow areas of the hair. Then gradually build up more layers of the same light parallel lines where the shadows become darker.

Proportions:

1. Use your pencil as a measuring tool. From the original reference image, you can approximate the angles and length of different parts of the picture in relation to each other. For instance, you can hold the pencil in front of the original picture and kind of use it as a ruler to figure out the size of each portion of the picture. One thing I usually do is I would hold the pencil horizontally and flat against the reference pic to see where objects on the right and left side of the pic should be at the same height.

Hopefully, something would work for you. Sorry for being too long-winded.
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Thank you for the tips!!! I will definitely try to use these tips for the next time I draw!
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