Artist in Training 2: Hair

So I've been working on my hair skills. Drawing hair takes an enormous amount of patience and talent. The two sample practice drawings on the right took me a couple of hours. After I finally nailed down the shape and where the shadows should go, I just kept drawing strand after strand until I could go through and erase sections and darken others. I'm actually really happy with the way the pony-tail turned out. I was frustrated with it in the beginning because I wasn't getting the shading or the realistic look that I wanted, but I realized that that look doesn't just appear after drawing a few lines - it takes time and layers and layers of pencil to get that full look of realistic hair.

Patience is definitely a virtue.