Drawing Hair with Charcoal - Ultimate Tutorial

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Hello everyone welcomes to my blog. Today I have for you what is probably one of the most requested tutorials which are how to draw hair and I've been meaning to do this for a while. I just haven't got around to it, I've managed to throw something together that you should hopefully found useful. For short hair and long hair, the techniques are pretty much the same. I hope you found this useful.

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First of all, I'm going to roughly sketch out some outlines to give myself an idea of scale but probably end up adjusting it as I go. What I want to do today is focus on the technique of drawing realistic hair. What we need to pay attention to is the method of creating the details textures shadows and highlights and eventually, that will all come together and give us a realistic looking hair appearance.

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Here I'm just starting from one point of this drawing and usually, I just render it fully as I go. I'm using a Primo charcoal 59-3B pencil. Always sharpen it and making sure I'm creating very fine lines. I think hair can sometimes be confusing because people see it as being these separate strands of hair. Realistically the hair will bend and flow in different directions individual hairs will come together and form larger areas which include shadows and highlights.

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I think the highlights are one of the most important things naturally hair reflects light and so having that contrast between the light and dark areas will give a better impression. Let me try and break down what it is I'm doing here, instead of drawing individual hairs. I draw around the highlights, filling in the shadows. I'm creating small marks with the pencil and making different pencil shades. I'm also using the eraser to pull some of that highlights. It takes a long time so you have to be patient.

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Sometimes I make a dark line between two parts and this gives a sense of that separation, as long as this is present then it should always be able to be recognized as hair. One thing that's quite challenging when drawing hair like this is the way that each of the hairs overlaps and when this happens the hairs that come together can appear as one shade. I look at how the hairs travel down and interact with others. It needs to look natural. The parts behind the hair hanging in the foreground are a lot darker and this helps to bring these parts of the hair further forward. This is mainly due to that contrast between the lighter and the darker shades.

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Sometimes it might help to draw the outlines of the highlights and then you can just fill in the shadows around it. You can then lightly shade in and add more pencil turns to the highlights. I'm making these dark shadows in between parts of the hair, I normally create some rough outlines indicating some lighter parts that I want to leave out. When I start to shade in these areas under shadow I'll make these outlines parts a bit lighter and it will look a lot more realistic.

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If I'm going to give some general advice when it comes to drawing hair, I'd say focus on the direction you a drawing in relation to the others, this includes looking at how you create a separation between, usually in the shadows alongside the highlights and producing contrasting shades. A lot of these highlights will need some shading so that it naturally flows into the darker areas. Always try to keep the pencil sharp and work with the point of the pencil. Another thing that is how you can make use of an eraser I have an ultra-fine 2.3mm eraser which is useful for accurately creating highlights.

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This tutorial is all about drawing the hair so I didn't include other parts, like the eyes, nose or mouth. I think I've pretty much covered this process. There we go that's an example of how to draw hair. This isn't the only way. There are artists out there that have many other techniques and alternative methods to draw hair but this is the way that I'd go about drawing it. I hope this is useful for you.

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Whoa, shes so pretty indeed!
Skill on painting can be acquired through constant practice but some were just gifted that they can paint as much as this gorgeous lady.

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Thank you for your comment! That motivate me to do better! @elizahfhaye

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I tried to use an ordinary pencil :D

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Very nice art! 👍

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wow wish I could draw like that... please do not stop drawing.. wish I could get you to draw an ex girl friend of mine.. would be cool to give it to her.. as a gift.

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Thank you, I will! I was going to do that too but I let the past be.

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that's true. Asians are beautiful

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Some of them are ahaha

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indeed!! amazing hair rendering - it looks so real and what face expression !!

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Thank you for the compliment! That means a lot to me!

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Thank you very much for your support! Hope you have a great week! @justyy

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Me encanto tu dibujo tienes demasiado talento demasiado talento yo tambien dibujo me encantaria que pudieras ver mis dibujos, saludos!

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Nice work, hair is very hard to draw

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It gets easy as I do it more. Pratice makes perfect 👌

OMG! This is so beautiful

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Nice post

Great Post! I love your artwork

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Thank you! I appreciate it!

Yeah it is really detailed and nicely explained.
I have no idea of drawing and not even close to arts but after seeing this I can say that I might be able to draw something 100 times less beautiful than this on my 101st attempt :p

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I’m sure you can do the same. Nothing is impossible :D

Wow, you have a talent. I would like to be able to draw like this

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I’m sure you can draw too. Give it a try :)

Omg !!! That is so realistic . I envy you in every way 😔😔😔
But two thumbs up and upvote from me . 😊😊😊

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Thank you very much! Happy to hear that :)

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you are really good at drawing

Hi @vaansteam,

I've just saved your drawing as a wallpaper for my pc. The effect of the hair is so f***ing real omg.

Have you considered 'selling' your services? I would surely pay for a portrait of mine.

Have a nice day.
-Ferran

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Thank you @fcalabuig I really happy that you saved my drawing as a wallpaper! No I’ver never sold any of my artwork before. It always been a hobby of mine but never a career. You have an awesome day my friend!

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I'll follow you to stay up with your future works.

Keep it up bro! :)

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She looks like a real person the more I stare at it. Nice mix of the art work! I'm highly mesmerized about this.

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Thank you sir for your appreciation and support. I appreciate it.

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Wow this really cool! I love it! Good job on this!

very nice post. i like your art

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Thank you!

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Thanks vaan!!!

So great art tutorial @vaansteam !! Your artworks always inspire people

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@livvu Your artworks inspire people too including me! I love your work!

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Thank you very much @vaansteam !! Great honour for me !

Arts is Life! There is always a wonderful story behind every piece. Painting is my relief.
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This artwork is nice and look very sad

Wow!

at this moment, 2,046 viewings!

Did you guess that many would want to learn how to draw hair?
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Congratulations. I wish I could also push up your votes to 1,000

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Yeah I didn’t so many like my post! And I’m really happy about that. Thank your thoughtfulness! :)

Nice work Vaan @vaansteam. The first impression i had when i saw this in the 'Trending' post is...'who is this girl?' my heart starts to beat harder as i opened your blog, and to my surprise its a drawing made real! Amazing how gifted you are...thanks for the moment of pure originality. Steem on Vaan...

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I very happy that you were moved by my drawing. Thank you. Wish you the best. Steem on!

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hehehehe

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Ok i am not hating...

but plz show us how to do the face aswelll :)

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I have it in my other post on how to draw face. :)

That is a really nice charcoal drawing.....I also notice the tools that you used in creating those hair. It's good!!!!

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Thank you for noticing!! :)

Amazing skills. Hair is one of my biggest challenges. This post was very helpfull. Check out my latest post if you like

https://steemit.com/drawing/@realitycartoon/my-drawing-of-rihanna-original-art-realitycartoon

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pretty

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Thank you 😊

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I’m glad it was useful! And your drawing is very nice!

Hermoso trabajo, felicitaciones y mil bendiciones

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Thank you!

great work!

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Thank you!!

I am Pricasso most wonderful artist like yourself. You have inspired me so in your honour and dedication to you created this masterpiece...

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In your honour a blog dedicated to you...

https://steemit.com/art/@pricasso/my-ode-to-vaansteam

Yours Always
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It’s beautiful! I love it!

Hey @vaansteam this is a great post! It's very informative and you're amazingly talented. I think it would be even cooler if you started a DTube channel and recorded yourself drawing these. It would be much easier for people to follow along!

Keep up the good work :)
Iris

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I also felt that a video would be helpful, but I kept quiet as I do not like what DTube (and the other one does the same) does: As soon as you use it, it forces you to be their "follower". I consider that dirty trading and stay away from people who think they have rights over me.

PS: I've always wondered at the great patience artists need for creating their works of art - especially as most artists I know rather lack in patience in other matters. I'm glad that writing is easier (for me)...but this post has made me interested in seeing more of your posts.

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@arthur grafo. Thank you for interested in my work. You have a wonderful day!

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Great Idea @hyperfundit was thinking that. Thank you for the suggestion :)

Beautiful drawing about hair style amazing post.

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Thank you very much!

So wonderful this poetry, I love it . thank you for show us this. please pass to my blog: Sin paso al orgulo

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I’m glad you like my drawing

Just a wonderful drawing bro... keep it up.. I'm a student of Fashion Designing ... I will follow u! :)

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Fashion design is also a wonderful skills good luck to you!

I'm always having a hard time drawing the hair, it always look like a big black around the face. Thank you for the tips!

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It seem looks hard but it really isn’t. Keep practicing

Good post...i upvote post you..

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I appreciate that!

by god that perfect

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Thank you!

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Bro your drawing is always good, I admire your work.

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Thank you for that! :)

mantap agan

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this was great

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Thank you

great work!♥♥

@vaansteam I think your post about drawing a lion was stolen by @newssource go check it out. It's sad to see plagiarists stealing beautiful content here.

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Thank you for watching out for me! I hope this person will change soon.

Wow that is awesome!! You can check out my drawings too if you like :)

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Yes I’ll check it out. Thank you for sharing

Great to see a step by step progress

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I’m glad it was useful to you :)

The hair looks very realistic. Nicely done.
How many hours or minutes you spent drawing it?

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This drawing took me a about 4.5hrs

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Wow, so meaning it's not easy to do it.

Wish I can draw like you ...

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I’m sure you can too if you want :)

You have made the hair really "alive" and making it stand out in your drawing. Very impressed.

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Thank you very much! :)

bu çizimi ancak gerçekten seven insan yapar sevmeyenler yapamaz çok güzel olmuş

My stick figures aren’t even in the same ball park as your drawings! Again, amazing stuff.

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I’m sure you’re not that bad. Ahaha :)

Excellent work. You’re a very talented drawer, I’m impressed!

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Thank you. Glad you think so!

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No problem :)

Hope to see some more in the future!

amazing, really I was fascinated by the master's work, i like it

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Thank you so much!

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i am waiting your post again

Well this art is fantastic, but there is a Lil fault in this art.

1: the ear lobule is not made very natural like the other parts of pic.

2: Eyes are pointing in Lil different directions what I mean to say is the cornel (black part) of eye is not placed equidistant in both the eyes. It seems like this girl is having squint.

At the same time the texture of her is so natural I like almost like a picture capture in BW mode and with her innocent face I almost fell for her. Nice work

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Thank you for pointing that out, about the ear. I will try to imrove next time. :)

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My pleasure bro... U are art work is incredible

Wow that's so cool! It's so nice to see that people still draw with their imagination and their hand, rather than using computer graphic design software to create images.
:) Looks like I've found another cool person to follow! :)

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I find that computer graphic design is hard for me and I am better with a pencil ✏️

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I think it's more original and genuine of an art with a pencil :) You can put more of "yourself" into it, your own personal "style" and "signature"!

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Yeah maybe. But I think people that can do computer graphic are also very talented

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Thank you!

I followed you step by step
And this is my result.
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I am very proud of it

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It actually quite ahaha :)

Great tutorial ! :)
I have never tried my hand at charcoal drawing, but it looks to be quite something.
The most I have done is drawing with B4-6 pencils :p
Hmm a kneaded eraser should do good job to get the fine details as well :)
Do you go over with a white pen/ink for extra highlights at the end?

Upvote and follow. Can't wait to see more from you

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You should give it a try! I been loving it since the first time I start drawing with it. And I’m learning new techniques everyday. :)

This is a great Andrew very detailed tutorial. I was unaware that there were different grades of charcole pencils. Only lead.

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There are so many grades. I bought a whole collection of it :)

The drawing really reminds me of Tzuyu from Twice!

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She is Tzuyu! You got it! :D

Very very interested. You are @vaansteam Creater art of the world. I glad to learn with you. Hi

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I wish. I’m sure there’s many great artist out there :)

wao, it very good looking and more also pretty

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Glad you like it :)

Very nice work, the hair is on point!

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follow me i will back u

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Thank you @paulavg I’ll try my best! :)

Smooth and nicely done, your work must be good credit. I also try sometime pensil sketching.
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Wow you have very good skills! Keep it up!

She's so pretty!!
Is she Twice member Tzuyu??
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Exactly the same thing went through my mind.

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Yes she’s Twice member. Good that you notice :)

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Thank you so much!

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Your art is very realistic! Keep it up!

wow!! beautiful

I also wanted to be a painter when I was a kid.

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You should follow your dream :)

This is really well done, consider doing it with video that would really highlight your skill, great drawing though :)

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I will probably upload a video soon thank you :)

Really inspired by your talent Sir.
Hope to get some more views of your artwork.

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Thank you. More to come :)

¡buenas! excelente amigo, vean mis trabajos @martin28 siganme y los sigo y compartamos votos. saludos desde venezuela.

Gentlemans,

That's How You Can Impress Your GirlFriend :)

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Yes you’re right. But I sadless I don’t have one :)

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Nice face!

You are a wonderful drawer vaansteam! I sketch for my under paintings but the detail in your drawing is quite good. I just painted Gyeongbokgung Palace a few days ago. I hope you like it. @zeitlini
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Wow it’s very nice keep it up!

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Thank you vaansteam! Hopefully one day I'll be as popular as you. :)

The hair are looking orignal. I loved your tutorial so much.
I'm right away to try the techniques you mentioned in your tutorial. Hope to draw something good.

And now,
I'm off to draw something good.

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Good luck to you! Hope you’re able to share it with us soon!

o my god!!!Very nice charcoal drawing and asian beauty @vaansteam

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Yes she is a beauty! Thank you!

i am fascinated by all aspect of this drawing, the hair,shading,the face..........

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Thank you very much! I’ll do my best! :)

Nice piece! It took me hours when it comes to hairs specially girls. Keep it up!

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That is pretty good. It takes time and patience.

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Yeah thank you!

I become fan of your art. You are going to become a popular artist in future.

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I’m not sure about that but I’ll try :)

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wow he is very beautiful. If painting hard hair ,, may I study with you @vaansteam
totaria painting.
Thank for sharing @vaansteam

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Thank you for the support! :)

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This is an excellent tutorial. Very well explained @vaansteam! I'll try to follow your example in my next posts!

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Thank you! Hope to see it soon!

Very original and creative. keep it up.

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Thank you and I will!

Очень полезный пост! Спасибо!

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Thank you

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But you suggested winner other than marymik23

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I was thinking of letting more people a chance to win.

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Oh! I thought you see only marymik23 in your comments to be selected. Nevermind, keep going!

Grandiosa imaginacion tienes, Felicidades Dios bendiga el Don que te ha dado es impresionante me encanta ese dibujo!

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Thank you!

Really an awesome one again...😊

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Thank you for your comment again :)

oh my god it is so wonderful .the girl looks cute and beautiful. please continue posting so i can learn manythings from you. i tried sometimes but its very hard @vaansteam Impressed by your Ultimate Tutorial.❤ Thank you

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Thank you for the encouragement. I’ll do my best!

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welcome :)

It's just easier if you draw people with no hair!

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Ahaha I’ll make a post on that soon :D

Amazing work!!!! Thank you for this lesson!

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Your very welcome!

Hello! you are an excellent artist! I love the writing of your post, it's nothing more to publish your talent if you do not motivate other artists to grow up, I'm from Venezuela and I'm also passionate about the arts and my beginnings I'm with a charcoal pencil ... soon I'll be publishing my drawings! excellent post friend artist!

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My goal to motivate other artists to grow and to let people there’s more to Steemit then just about crypto content

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와우, 그림도 너무 멋지고, 받으신 보팅도 너무 멋지네요^^;
그림실력과 영어가 부럽습니다ㅎㅎ

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대단히 감사합니다.

Woah! I so love this!! Is this Tzuyu from the Kpop group Twice if I am not mistaken? This is amazing!

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Yes you got it. It’s her. She’s a very good model for hair tutorial

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yey! She always have nice hair styles everytime in their shoot. No wonder she's attractive. And the other members as well. I just love this art so much. ^_^

This is SUCH a good tutorial on hair ! I love your work. :-)
I love doing portraits but have yet to do a tutorial ..... this is very inspiring.

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You should do it. Hope to see your work!

This is just amazing, and here i was thinking your drawing of daenerys was awesome. This is beautiful, hair looks extremely real

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Thank you! I’m glad you think so. Have a blessed day!

wow..how beautyfull the drawing is!

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Thank you so much

Hey! You can think this is a foto in thumbinail :D Nice art!

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I’m glad it’s close to being a photo :)

Hi--I'm brand new here and am an Original Artist showing only my Original Art. Thanks for checking me out!

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I always wanted to make a video. But it’s hard to find the time. I need to do more research:)

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It would be nice to see the video, but it is okay. Thank you for sharing your talent :)

I love it, the face is amazing but you managed to make the hair look so thick and realistic! Awesome art!!! 🧡

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Thank you! I try to make it look realistic as possible. Still need some improvement:)

Hello! I find your post valuable for the art community! Thanks for the great post! ARTzone is now following you! ALWAYs follow @artzone and the artzone tag, and support our artists!

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Thank you!!!

I must say you have attention to details.
The drawing simply beautiful.
Good work :)

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I love working with details as it make the drawing looks more realistic

It’s looks so tedious and time consuming... but beautiful when complete.

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It sure does but it very rewarding on the end

Great artwork Drawing Hair!!thanks))

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Thank you so much

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Thank you for sharing your drawing with me

Amazing Sketch...... Nice one

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Thank you!

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Thank very much

Nice work ! keep it up :)

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I will thank you!

Quite amazing bro! Two thumbs up! Excellent piece of art...

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Thank you for the thumbs up :)

Nice work . the actualy picture

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Thank you

@vaansteam she is so beautiful is she your girlfriend?

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She’s not my girlfriend. She’s actually a korean pop singer :)

very great job with the pencil! I like the contrast with the papel color background. i dont know for sure if you used kraft paper to draw your painting. But the pencil and the kraft paper make a perfect combination with each others, and when you combine the pencil the kraft and some white pencil, your drawing is gonna blow the minds of the people! haha... in you first picture It looks that you used white paper, but in the final pictures looks like kraft. I suggest you use Kraft paper and you will see the results my friend!... thank you for your post! see ya!

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I used toned gray from strathmore. Thank you very much for the suggestion. I’ll keep that in mind :)

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I didn't heard about Stathmore papers before, I had to search it!, really good products! Haha... If you use Kraft paper, mention me to see the results! Bye bye my friend! I invite you to see my post in my blog. Is not drawing arts (for now, I started to put another projects I have haha) but is 3D art, 3D modeling and render! I hope you like it! :D

wow your work is amazing!!! thanks for sharing this!!!