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Tutorial: Drawing Ethnic Hair by mulattaFURY Tutorial: Drawing Ethnic Hair by mulattaFURY
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YokoNakajima Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student
Is there a part 2
lilysong182 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
I'm type 2A Q-Q
Fireflyswords Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soo helpful, thank you! Pretty much all hair I draw comes out looking like 1c, so I've really been trying to get some more variety! This is wonderful!
Crabemporium Featured By Owner May 30, 2016
Thank you! I'm practicing with how to draw POC stuff and this will come in handy!
Silencelabyrinth Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016
I needed this too! Thank you! :D
Untraceablemystic Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Yes! I needed this! Thank hi so much!
Dubhcnum Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So great thank you very much
thegoldennerd Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is about to be a live saver! Thank you for posting this!
Written-Note Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Is Type 1B Indian as in the country of Native American? If it's India I have to disagree. Indian hair is usually (VERY) thick but more soft then coarse. I just wanted to know, I hope you don't take this the wrong way!
Red-WereZ Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for making this!!!!
AkirmiJaanit Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have type 1A hair, my brother has 2C. His hair so thick too, thanks for this tutorial.
klemthepotato Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
i would love to see the part II! thanks for sharing, it's such great tutorial!
icestormparadise Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
This is great and really helpful! Thanks for making this!
bambiwantscookies Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
Wow!!! So cool!
Getting through all the simplifying hair categorization of "straight, wavy and curly" that I usually see in tutorials and always get me a little bit mad 'cause I like my characters to have distinct differences on those things (hair, skin, body type)

Thanks so much for that!!! 
Nahmala Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I have type 2C/3A hair. Nobody sees it because I wear hijab now, but it's interesting to know. ^^

I stumbled upon your tutorial while trying to find "how to draw an afro" for my friend, since so many artists tend to draw a black lifeless cloud where hair should be (myself included, but I've never been good at drawing any kind of hair). I love the colors you use and your style of drawing. POC who actually look like POC! 

I've been trying to find a tutorial to draw hair like the girl in the new Annie movie (well, new in Russia, where I live). So fluffy! I can't imagine how to get it to look like that in drawings, though. Maybe it has to do more with shading than with drawing curls.
MistressDizzy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...This is gonna come off weird, but I love you.

I knew it the moment I saw that you included chemically treated hair in your tutorial.

*leaves you flowers* <3
Etomo Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I appreciate this sooo much. I have a character with 3C hair, and I've been having a hard time finding a way to draw her hair or even find resources talking about drawing her type of hair.
Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
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.
IchigoMoonCutter Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful. I'm learning to draw hair and these are great examples!
Miato-says-meow Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm a 3B! This is very useful.
Olixspiral Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Atima-Rosetta Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student General Artist
VERY helpful, thank you so much for making this!
YokoNakajima Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student
Will there be a part 2
XG912 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I had to go on you tube to find my hair type, which is Type 4B! But this tutorial can help anyone who struggles to understand hair types. The sad part about this is most people would like to remain ignorant when it come to Black people hair. I just wish for people to educate them selves first than practice on drawing POC. I hate whenever an artist make a tutorial to explain POC, you would always have that one cry baby who says, "But black people hair is hard to draw!" So they just throw a ridiculous afro on their black character. Why is it so hard for people to study how blacks wear their hair in public? I apologize if you live in an area or country where you are not familiar with blacks. Just search online about black people hair (that's a terrible reference ^^;). Weave is a norm that a lot of black female celebrities try to push on women to make them believe if you want long hair than wear weave. I relax my hair still because it tames it and perms are a lot cheaper to manage my hair. Well that's just my opinion of my hair, and no black women don't perm their hair to look white! White people are not the only race with straight hair so how is perming my hair my goal to obtain that look? Sorry for the small rant I am really thankful for this tutorial!!! :D
sugomon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You did a wonderful job on this. Thank you! :)
XyAckhart Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
I've been looking for a tutorial on this for a while now... thank you!!!
TheWhiteJewel Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
I appreciate this so much you have no idea. Hair! <3
YokoNakajima Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student
Please Make  Part  2
A-Moonlit-Melody Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
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.
BeetleBeebs Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the tutorial. The parts on giving curvier hair an outline first was especially helpful!
ImperialBlue87 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
This is an amazing ritual. This will help me out a lot when I come up with some character designs. <3
ghostnoi Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It seems my hair is a 1C. Interesting...
NorthernPearl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Love it, can't wait for a second tutorial and more details!
cawakitty Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My hair isn't quite any of these =/ I am frizzier than more of the hairs but the closest in curl is 2C.
tansyuduri Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Writer
more tuts please. Perhaps on faces?
Crysenley Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO much! ;O;

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...
YokoNakajima Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student
Are you going to do part 2 and how does this work on mixed races
mulattaFURY Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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'.
Chels97 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Awesome tutorial!
WingsDurus Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
mulattaFURY Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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 :)
WingsDurus Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
LaurenDouglasArt Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You mentioned a part 2. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see that sometime! This is incredibly helpful already, though, thank you!
tansyuduri Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Writer
ohhh,,, more like this?
Ramani-Rayne Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Thank you for posting this!
MEW-tiful Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
this is really nice! there aren't many tutorials that cover this type of hair!
DaHumanBody Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I'm 2c, 3c and 3b
smyers546 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Simply marvelous and superb!

Quick question, is it possible for a Caucasian to have type 3B hair? It looks almost identical to my hair and I'm 100% Caucasian. I don't mean to sound stupid, I'm just curious.
50th Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
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. :)
smyers546 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Cool, thanks for answering my question!
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