Hair has been important to human culture at least since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Hair styles then came to represent social standing - for example, facial hair in men was a demarcation of royalty.
This was so important to that culture that Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh, had herself depicted with a beard in temple carvings and paintings. In the Bible, Samson's great strength was dependent on his not trimming his hair. In the Victorian era, it was customary to keep a lock of hair in order to remember a deceased friend or family member.
Indeed, hair is still an important part of our lives. Many people expend great amounts of time and money on styling their hair. Would you like to learn how to draw hair? This simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial explores a classic hairstyle - that of pigtails, or hair tied back on each side of the head.
Did you know? The term pigtail originated in the American colonies in the 1600s. It described a "twist" of chewing tobacco, made from curling several leaves together and then drying them. It was so named due to its resemblance to the curly tail of a pig. Later, it was applied to braids or tied bunches of hair that were worn by both men and women.
All you will need to complete your drawing is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. Each step of this drawing guide includes an illustration as well as explanatory text.
1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will form your cartoon character's head - after all, cartoon hair needs a cartoon head to grow on.
2. Extend a line from one side of the circle to the other, enclosing a rounded shape below the circle. This continues to shape the cartoon character's face.
3. Draw a straight, horizontal guide line across the bottom portion of the circle. This guide line will help you to place other features on the drawing, such as the ears. Enclose each ear using a curved line. The top of the ear should connect to the head at the same point as the horizontal guide line.
4. Erase the guide line formed by the bottom of the circle.
5. Outline the hair using a series of connected, curved lines. Notice how the outline of the hair is larger than that of the head. Also note how the locks of hair come together in curved points. Use the horizontal guide line to position the hair, and don't forget the small lock of hair extending from the crown of the head.
6. Draw an even smaller lock at the crown of the head, then draw the hair ties that hold each pigtail. For each hair tie, draw two small circles. Then, decorate the ties with polka dots by drawing even smaller circles within each figure.
7. Erase the horizontal guide line and the guide line formed by the original circle. You now have a clean outline of the head.
8. Draw a pigtail, the hair held apart by the hair tie. Enclose the hair using long and short curved lines that meet in jagged points.
9. Repeat the process of drawing the pigtail on the opposite side, again using long and short curved lines that meet in jagged points.
10. Color your cartoon hair. Common hair colors include black, blonde, brown or red, but many people dye their hair additional colors - for example, purple or blue. Be creative! Why stop there? Visit one of our other drawing tutorials to learn how to add features such as a nose, eyes, and mouth to your drawing.
Have you ever wanted to be able to draw a beautiful rose? This easy step-by-step drawing tutorial outlines the steps necessary to draw a cartoon style rose, complete with leaflets.
This project has a lot of details, but you can complete it easily by carefully following the instructions below.
In each step, previously drawn lines are black and the new lines added to the sketch are blue in color.
You won't need any special tools to complete this sketch. Follow this simple guide using any type of paper, as well as a pencil, pen, marker, or other writing tool. If you'd like, you can color your finished product.
Would you like to draw a beautiful flower? Doing so is simple with this drawing tutorial. By following the step-by-step instructions in this drawing guide, you will soon be able to sketch your own rose, complete with leaves and a stem.
You will not need any special tools to create this drawing, only paper and a writing implement - a pencil, a pen, or a marker.
Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your lines as you go along.
There are many details in this drawing, but the illustrations below show you each step. In each image, the blue line is a new addition to the drawing.
"The eyes are the window to the soul." So states an antiquated maxim. To scientists, however, the eyes are very interesting. For example, researchers are currently developing technology that could use patterns in the iris of the eye to identify people, much as the fingerprint is used currently. Movies and television have long depicted such technology, but it may soon become a reality. In fact, some airports are already testing this 'eye ID' technology.
To artists, the eyes hold another interest. The eyes are surrounded by many, many small muscles, and the movement of these muscles is an indicator of emotion on the human face. Our eyes, for instance, can show whether we are happy, sad, angry, frightened, excited, or bored.
The eyes, then, are an important means of expressing these emotions in the visual arts, yet many artists find the eyes to be one of the more difficult portions of the human face to capture accurately. What is more, it is almost paradoxical that the eyes are one member largely responsible for our ability to draw the eyes of another.
Almost every drawing or painting of humans or animals includes eyes, whether open or closed. As such, many styles have developed. The simplest eyes involve nothing more than a solidly shaded dot. Other simple eyes consists of a circle with a shaded dot inside it. The Japanese manga and anime art styles often lend straight lines and squared corners to the shape of the eye.
Would you like to draw a pair of eyes? Perhaps you are working on a portrait of a friend or family member. Now, the complicated task of drawing realistic human eyes is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.
All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Notice that each step of this drawing guide includes an illustration as well as explanatory text. New lines added in each picture are highlighted in blue.