Video-Tutorial: How to Draw Realistic Hair with Pencils

What steps can make drawing hair easier? What are the basics you should know to get realistic and natural results when drawing hair?


Yes, drawing realistic hair is a painful subject for many. A lot of skill and patience is required to achieve great results.

This blog article is especially helpful for those who like to draw people or animals. It is so much easier once you know a workflow with which you can create believable, natural hairstyles and fur.

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In this post you will get: A helpful video guide on how you can draw a great hairstyle in 8 steps.

Because I have been dealing with the subject of “portraits” for a long time, I had to deal with drawing hair eventually. I hope this tutorial will help you to get better and faster at drawing hair and hopefully the process will be much more enjoyable for you 🙂


  • pencils (H-4B)
  • black coloured pencil (e.g. Faber Castell Polychromos*)
  • blending stump or cotton swab
  • pen-style eraser (e.g. Tombow*)
  • regular eraser
  • drawing paper


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So gather your materials and let’s start drawing!

I also wrote a detailed step-by-step desciption on Erika Lancaster’s Blog – Read it here.


Quick Start Guide:


Here are my best proven steps to draw realistic hair:


  1. Draw a rough sketch of the head and hair
  2. Analyze the strands of hair
  3. Basic shading
  4. Fine shading
  5. Blur and smooth transitions
  6. Pull out highlights
  7. Add contrast
  8. Draw in details

Easy tutorial on how to draw realistic hair with pencils

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  • mone mare malt
    Posted at 15:51h, 09 August Reply

    Eine schöne Übung ! Danke!

    • Sabrina
      Posted at 08:31h, 27 August Reply

      Vielen Dank, Simone! Freut mich 🙂

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