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Drawing Hair

Advice for drawing hair

■ Lines for the hair should flow away from the scalp and continue in the directions set by the chosen style

■ Try not to make the hair too uniform or like a hat

• Rather than attempting to draw every individual hair, outline large tufts

• The female hairline is usually higher than the male, emphasizing the roundness of the forehead

• A female's hair is drawn with longer, more flowing lines than the shorter strokes of a male's hair

• Hair should vary in tone, having highlights and definition, rather than be treated as a single mass

• Hair can be styled in all sorts of ways: tied back, neat, wild, trendy, bobbed, wavy, long, curly, fringed, short, spiky, cropped, straight, plaited, and so on

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Advice for drawing hands

• The surface of the hands reveals the skeleton beneath

• It is a common mistake to draw the hands too small

■ The hand should cover the face when outstretched—its length is about equal to the face from hairline to the base of the chin

• The palm is concave, the back of the hand convex

• Simplify the drawing of hands in a fashion illustration—you do not need to indicate every knuckle and fingernail

Advice for drawing feet and shoes

• The body's weight rests mainly on the heel and the outside edge of the foot

• Not including the toes, the sole of the foot is equal to the length of the head

• The big toe is approximately one quarter of the whole foot

• Shoes and boots must be in proportion to the rest of the body—a figure with tiny feet looks as though it might fall over

• When drawing footwear with a heel, ensure that the heel and sole are on the same plane or surface

• The fashion foot is usually drawn long and slender—the higher the heel, the longer the foot appears

• The higher the shoe, the greater the angle in the arch of the foot

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