How to draw a braid

in 3 simple steps


It's all about shading

No matter if you are drawing the hairstyle roughly or very detailed and realistically like this ball-point sketch here: the method is the same – it’s an alternation of dark and bright parts of the hair.

No matter which haircut or whether it’s curled or not … it’s all about shading.

The quality of a line

The contrast of light and shadow is of utter importance.

This contrast is made with lines that are fading out towards the middle of the strand. The lines should not be parallel to each other but more diverse in their thickness, length and shape

You can draw a lot of bright, fine lines instead of a few dark lines, as it is much more difficult to keep the right pressure on the pen when drawing the dark lines all at once.

You easily mess up the drawing this way.

The dark areas of this braid here are created by lots of fine lines on the same place. I am drawing fine lines over and over by only slightly changing the position of the pen. As one line isn‘t always drawn the same way, an irregular hair texture is created this way.

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I am sharing my drawing experiences with you by giving you lots of precious tips and tricks for being able to draw a braid with a ball-point pen. I made a simple 3-step worksheet out of it that will enable you to draw realistic hair easily.

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Barbara Baumann Illustration

About the Author

Hallo, I'm an award-winning illustrator and drawing tutor from Austria. After great experiences in the Marketing and Database sector, I finally realised that I simply need to follow my enthusiasm and fascination for drawing and illustrating.  

What fascinates me most, is this way to communicate without using any words. So expressive, so global. And this leads me to my second fascination about drawing: the exchange with others, with you! In my drawing courses I simply love to see the enormous developments of each participant - initiated by exchange and practice. That's what I like to do here, too. 

The idea for this blog comes from the bottom of my heart: to get you close to drawing and to show you that you too can draw #drawinggang  It's all about learning to feel the drawing!

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