Day 8 was hard. Really hard. Despite the claim that drawing hair is simply a matter of taking it one step at a time, I just couldn’t copy those steps too well. This, of course, is from Master Fashion Sketching in 9 Days, and I’ll be finishing up this quick course tomorrow.
For now, I’m stuck on Day 8, having a hard time creating realistic-looking hairstyles for my models. Part of the problem, to be honest here, is that I haven’t yet got their facial features as realistic as I’d like, so between face and hair… well, my models aren’t looking too good.
What are those simple steps for hair? Here they are.
- First, draw the front hair.
- Next, draw the back hair.
- Mark the light areas.
- Add shadows.
- Fill in the very dark areas with black.
What can I say? I tried, but I’m not sharing my models here. Trust me, they are a bit of a mess. If I hold up the sketchbook at a distance, they do look vaguely recognizable as human, and that’s what I was going for in this initial session.
That last step above — adding in the very dark (black) areas — really does make a huge difference. It adds a lot of depth and dimension.
While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the book I’ve been reading, I feel it’s a bit skimpy on how-to instructions for hair styles. There are several pages of references included, and I’ll spend time practicing them.
A 3-Step Tutorial – How to Draw Hair for Fashion Illustration. These three steps are a variation on the steps above, starting with defining the shape, dividing the shape, and adding dimension. Each of these steps, however, is broken down a bit more, making it easier to follow, I think.
Either way, the best results will be achieved with practice, practice, and more practice.
This site also sells “croquis kits” ranging in price from $29.00 for a very basic kit to $99.00 for a full-line kit with templates for poses, hair styles, accessories, and more. Simply pick the templates you need, put them together, and voila! You have a ready-made croquis with which to work.
Sounds fun. Sounds easy. Sounds a bit too easy, really. For me, the real fun of fashion illustration is in learning how to make my own croquis, how to create the hairstyles, the poses, and, in time, all the accessories to go along with whatever fashions I might design.
If I were a true fashion illustration student and hoped to have a career in the fashion industry, I’d probably invest in a kit. It would be a great learning tool, I’m sure. For me, though, this is all for personal pleasure. True, I might want to design a few dresses, make patterns, and actually sew my own creations, but I’m not looking to try-out for Project Runway or start my own fashion line. I’m just looking for a good time, and I’ve definitely found it with this book.
Tomorrow I’ll be wrapping up my course and sharing a few more thoughts. For now I’m off to practice “the art of hair-dressing” with graphite and gansai.