If i got paid for every time i'm asked about white hairs i would be very comfortable indeed. I don't have all the answers and it's still very much a work in progress and there are many who i know on DA who are masters of this type of problem. So for any self taught beginners out there who keep asking how i do it i've put this quick beginners guide up for you. It does not cover all methods .. just the ones i have experimented with so far ... still working on indenting.
Great work Mark.
exellent tutorial mark thanks for sharing
Thank you for sharing your experience and techniques.
Nice. And thanks. (Electric erasers can also be useful)
Arghhhh AMAZING.. Thanks Mark!!
Great tutorial Mark
I've also been asked a thousand times how to draw single white hairs
Sweet. This is helpful
Great Tutorial Mark - one thing I noticed that you didnt cover was the use of a sharp point to 'etch' the paper - I have seen quite a few people on DA use this technique, and have tried (with mixed results) myself. I have found that you are working in the dark (excuse the pun) a little, but it can give you the finest of white lines, especially good for that wispy hair or strong white hairs on a moustache etc.
Thanks, yes the indenting is something i am experimenting with myself at the moment. I'm in too minds about it to be honest, on one hand it does give beautiful fine lines but i don't like the deep grooves in the paper .. i like my paper smooth and when an indented drawing catches the light it looks terrible seeing those grooves. it's useful though so i'll keep experimenting and practicing with the indented method when needed.
good tutorial, though I would personally not recommend the use of a kneaded eraser for fine hairs. it is just too soft and too weak of an eraser. something like an eraser stick is what i would use. Of course probably the best option is an electric eraser, such as the Sakura.
Thank you, yes the kneadable eraser is very hard work but sometimes that's all you can get hold of. I must admit to not being a fan of electric erasers (although mine was a cheep one) and i found it hard to control but i do love the sticks and pencil erasers. I've just got hold of a nice clutch pencil eraser (tombo) and i'm giving that a good old workout at the moment .. very nice piece of kit
Nice tutorial Mark. I agree with you. I only use an eraser for drawing white hair. Different eraser types create different texture in the hair. I generally use a pencil eraser and kneaded erasers with a lot of negative drawing. Cheers!
Same here Jim, Wish there was a quick and easier way though but i do find it strangely enjoyable to do it that way too and love experimenting with different erasers .. surprising just how different they all are. Thanks
Wow thanks man, I didn't think you would really take the time out to make this for me. Thanks again a lot and it sure did help
Hair has got to be one of the most difficult things to do in a drawing but it is also lots of fun once you get to know the basics. Lovely tutorial Mark!
Thank you, hair is intimidating for many and it can be tricky. But as you say once the basics are understood it can be a lot of fun i agree