You are a freaking life-saver. I've run across literal bucketloads of tutorials that go over how to draw one type of hair, and... well, to those tutorials, that's hair. Fine, straight, falls down and that's pretty much it, show's over, no need to draw hair that isn't like that.
I searched for a couple of hours for a tutorial like this one, and I am so glad to finally find that my search was not in vain.
Ahh, thank you so much for this tutorial, it was super useful! Detailed and broke down the different types of hair nicely. I would love to see part two, as I have little knowledge on how different cultures tend to style their hair.
After going natural I realized that I never drew any type of hair other than 1-2B. When I tried to draw my own hair (4C, sometimes I can get it to look somewhat like 4B), I realized that I didn't really know how. Or at least enough to satisfy me.
Finally, a guide that gives out the basics, with helpful photos of real hair too! It's saddening how anything like this is rare and hard to find...
I planned a part 2 when i first made this, I'll probably get around to it eventually.
This scale, by the way, is used to grade everyone's hair, not just people of certain races. Mixed-race people, just like anyone else, can fall anywhere on the scale, and like any other feature their hair type will probably take after one or both of their parents'.
This. Is. Amazing! As a POC myself I have struggled with the fact that our hair is largely unrepresented in art. A good deal of the time when you see artwork with a POC their hair is drawn EXACTLY the way you would see it drawn on their white contemporaries, and that's just not realistic at all. It has hindered my own attempts at drawing hair for my own POC characters because I have very little examples to follow. Thank you so much for posting this. It will be a tremendous help and I am eagerly awaiting part 2.
Yeah, everyone draws their black characters with either the same hair they draw on white characters, or with dreadlocks. And dreadlocks are cool, but it's a different thing entirely when it's obvious the artist just has no idea how to handle hair that doesnt form a long, flowing kind of silhouette. I wish I'd discussed a few more things in this tutorial, because it's like the most popular thing I've ever done and it's barely informative at all. This is just about rendering in sketch and line and doesnt do enough to talk about texture and stuff. I also kick myself every day for use of the word "ethnic," because that's the word the beauty industry uses to make the distinction, and the word the black women in my family use to make the distinction, but i don't like that word floating out in the general world like it is now lol Anyway what I'm getting at is I'm glad you like it, and I might revisit it someday so keep an eye out and thanks for commenting
Honestly, it's pretty informative as it is. No one else even tries to cover what you did, which is why it's so novel. I never really liked the word ethnic in particular either, especially because it always seems to be used just when referring to black POCs. Everyone has an "ethnicity" of some sort so why point out the one? I never got that. But it tends to work and it got the point across in your work. But yea, I'll definitely keep and eye out for further from you. This was wonderful.
Just because it's a dark skinned girl in the picture does not mean the hair only fits into that race. Technically speaking, anyone can have almost any feature of any person in the world, despite who you are or where you come from. It's just in some cases, some things are more common than others to certain people like having blue eyes or jet black hair. So anyway, to answer your question, yep. Of course it's possible. An example could be a Caucasian girl on YouTube by the name of Carry Hope Fletcher or ItsWayPastMyBedTime.