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Blending Blending Demonstration Tortillons


Mechanical pencils really score in this art, a 0.5 lead will give a very fine line without the need for constant sharpening.


This is not as difficult as it looks... and it's a very effective technique.


hair1 Because of scanning limitations, I've drawn quite heavy to demonstrate this method but of course your initial outline will be much lighter. The hair is no more difficult to draw than any other facial feature, although it can take considerable time to achieve a natural look. I've actually drawn in where the shades differ and indicated the direction of growth of each section.
hair2 The first thing I do is shade in all the darkest tones drawing in the direction the hair lies. Closing the eyes slightly and squinting at your reference photo will help to define these areas. How dark I shade these areas is obviously dependent on the colour of the hair. A blonde colour would require a much lighter shade but the actual method would be identical.
( See above)
hair3 Once shaded, I'm going to use the tortillon to drag the colour into the the light areas, again in the direction the hair lies, until I achieve a halftone (mid gray). I then open up the highlights again by dragging my eraser from the light areas, into the dark.
hair4 I tend to hold the pencil quite high and use use long, sweeping flicks of the pencil, very lightly, from the dark areas... into and across the light areas to represent the individual hairs. Needless to say, these strokes need to follow the hair growth. Blend this layer as before, again, using the tortillon from dark to light and the eraser from light to dark to re-establish the highlights.