I enjoy the variety of hairstyles I see within the African Diaspora; twists, locs, braids, perms, dreads, afros...they look phenomenal when people know how to manage their hair.
However, I find drawing natural hairstyles to be very, very tedious. Afros, fades, perms, and thick dreads are not difficult. Microbraids, twists, and silky locs(or any small locks) on the other hand are quite a hassle for me. I'm at a point where I'll draw everything except the hair, and then later on when I have the enerrgy, take the time to draw out the hair. Interweaving braids are the worst.
Anyone have any shortcuts they use for drawing natural hairstyles? They would be greatly appreciated.
As a former Fine Artist (Drawing and Painting) when it come to 'detail' in drawings, you don't have to draw every individual piece. What is seen closest to the viewer in the foreground will have a certain amount of detail and less the farther away it gets. You need only 'suggest' the detail of a particular hairstyle or anything else with but a small amount of detail in the foreground and then dramatically taper it off by adding shape, graded and solid color. In essence, you'll give the viewer a certain amount of detail to suggest the texture, weave, whatever and allow their minds to 'fill in' the rest themselves. A good example of this is to go outside and look at a brick building. Depending on how close you are to it, you can only see the bricks which are closest to you. Once the facade of the building visible to you extends away, you can no longer see individual bricks only suggestions of shape and color.