How To Draw Manga Hair

In order to know how to draw manga hair, it is good to know first what hairstyle you would like to draw. Every hairstyle has its form or shape.

Observe people around you or see photos in magazines and notice how every hairstyle or every head has its personality.

It adds really much to “create-a-person-process” and its individuality.

That is why we spend such (long) time watching ourselves in mirror every morning…;-)

So, it would be better to alter the question on how to draw hair - to how to observe and perceive hairstyle.

To help you to figure out how to draw manga hair, the following series of pictures may give you a good suggestion on how to start.

Apart from the gender of your character, decide first what shape of the hair your character should have. Just draw a simple outer line of the shape that you want to give to your manga creature.


Let's Draw Manga Hair


I outlined the hairstyle-shape by red pencil in order to get clear image and be able to continue the drawing successfully.

Hair on human’s head is really just a large number of hair-chunks layered one over another, just like these above. Take a few minutes and practice these chunks of hair so that you will grasp just the right shape.

Place those chunks of hair on the outlined hairstyle. Keep the hairstyle on both sides of the head (right and left) possibly the same or similar in order to avoid unnecessary irregularities. Just play with it. Make as many mistakes as possible. When you are learning, mistakes come along with the learning process.

To make your picture (face) go live, draw also the rest of the face: eyes, nose and mouth. To give the picture a 3-dimensionality impression, add a little shade under the chin, draw the neck and voila, you have a cute girl looking at you.

Opposite image of the previous childish look, let’s draw some calm, silent and slightly sad face of a young woman.

First step is similar like the previous one. Draw a slightly prolonged face and point out the hairstyle. Longer straight hair should fit well the image.

Add the neck with a shade under the chin. Shade can be on the right or left side, it does not really matter.

Now, draw the rest of the detail on the hair. Since this is rather clam type of manga hair, long lines of hair shall be emphasized.

Last step, simply erase the line on the upper side of the forehead and you’re done. A young lady is ready!



Let’s draw now a young boy’s hair. Again the sequence is the very same as above, just follow the process.

Give your creature good looking and happy eyes and a big smile.

Finally erase the face line on top of the forehead.

Well, as you see the process is very simple. It may not be very easy in the beginning so keep practicing.

Really draw on everything you have at hand, back of envelope, and tissue paper in restaurant, simply whatever. Then when you practiced enough (you will feel when it is enough), and the number of mistakes will dramatically decrease you can go and draw on nice white paper a couple of sketches you will be proud of.


Click Here To Check Out How To Draw Other Manga Characters

Some Interesting Drawings


See Visitor's Newest Drawings

  1. Butiful eyes says the butiful story

    Nov 23, 16 05:08 PM

    Hi, is this my dream girl the fact is I love to make sketches and one day when I wake up in the morning i start to draw my dream girl face on paper and

    See The Drawing

  2. Harley Quinn from movie - Suicide Squad

    Nov 23, 16 05:06 PM

    I realy like Harley Quinn's character, so i decide to sketch one :).

    See The Drawing

  3. Sakura!;)

    Nov 23, 16 04:56 PM

    I really loved anime!;)

    See The Drawing

  4. My first sakura drawing

    Nov 21, 16 12:02 AM

    Well art is also my passion so i want to share it

    See The Drawing

  5. "Arpona Aki No Suka"

    Nov 20, 16 11:58 PM

    Hi!!oh my gosh!!this is my 1st time sharing my drawing nor do i expect people to like them...I just like drawing and I just wanted to share it... story:

    See The Drawing

  6. Line Drawing

    Nov 18, 16 05:02 PM

    My first drawing of a horse. Simple line one, one posted earlier is a detailed one but with just the horse head.

    See The Drawing

  7. A Horse

    Nov 18, 16 04:57 PM

    This is my first drawing of a horse. A simple line drawing done by kids. Next to follow is a detailed one.

    See The Drawing

  8. Sweet Girls

    Nov 13, 16 08:20 AM

    Hi I am Baldev Gora from India and i like Arts

    See The Drawing

  9. Ahmedganz Palace India

    Nov 07, 16 08:50 PM

    This is a drawing made with pen. I love this palace which is popular in some Bollywood horror movies and decided to draw it.

    See The Drawing

  10. Raven - Australian Shepard

    Nov 02, 16 04:14 AM

    This beautiful girl is Raven. She is a total Mama's girl! Very sweet and loving. I was asked to draw her as a gift for her Mom. I knew I had it right when

    See The Drawing

From Manga Hair To Home Page