How to draw hair in the wind

How to Draw Hair in the Wind on Procreate [Easy Beginner Tutorial]

Drawing straight hair is actually harder for me than curly hair.

Curly hair is wild and messy and it’s relatively easy to draw.

I’ve already covered how to draw kinky hair, brown curly hair, blue curly hair, afro hair, twists, and dreads.

You can check out all my other hair tutorials here – I do have a lot of them.

In this post, I am going to teach you how to draw straight hair but hair in the wind. Basically, I’m going to cover how to draw flowing hair in the wind.

I will only use free brushes that come in Procreate so you don’t have to buy anything extra. But I will mention drawing resources you can use to enhance your learning.

You can also use Photoshop or Clip Art Studio.

I will be breaking it down into easy steps so you can follow them no matter how old you are.

Here’s what you will learn to draw:

Add lighter streaks

It looks complicated, but it’s actually really easy if you do it step by step.

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I am currently using an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to create all my illustrations. But you can use any tool – a pen and paper or Photoshop because the drawing method remains the same.

Let’s begin.

How to Draw Hair in the Wind for Beginners using Procreate

I’ll begin with drawing the head of the girl first, and then draw her straight hair in new layers.

Please remember to create new layers and this will keep your artwork organized and clean. Meaning, that your outline will be on one layer, your hair color will be on another, your skin color will be on another layer, and so on.

This is because if you want to change the skin color later (to complement your hair color), you don’t have to redo the whole illustration.

So, I prefer keeping different items on different layers.

This will make it very easy to manipulate layers and change colors. If you’re just getting started with digital art, please read these posts to understand what I mean:

Step 1: Draw the character

I’m going to start with a simple cartoon face and shoulders first since the hair is going to be quite long.

I won’t go into detail about drawing the head because this post is mainly about hair.

I’ll start with the outline.

Draw an outline of the girl

Next, I’ll just give her a sun-kissed look by using the dry ink brush to color her skin a nice wheatish shade and add some blush to her cheeks, nose, and shoulders to give her skin some warmth.

I’m adding these colors on 2 new layers underneath the outline layer.

Next, I’ll add a peach lip color to her lips using the same dry ink brush.

I’m also going to move the drawing to the left side so that I can draw the hair flowing in right side.

This will give me enough space to draw the hair on the canvas.

1 - draw your character's face

I mainly use the Dry Ink and Bonobo brush to draw my characters and hair in Procreate. These are very beautiful and versatile brushes.

But in this drawing tutorial, I will be using the Dry Ink brush the most.

Step 2: Draw the rough sketch of her hair flowing in the wind.

Before you draw any hair on a character, always take a moment to think about the shape of how you want your character’s hair to look.

This takes time.

You can use Pinterest or even magazines for inspiration.

This will help you draw beautiful hair.

I’m going to envision how the hair is going to look and what direction the wind is blowing.

2 - know the direction of the wind

Next, I’m going to draw the other side of her hair because this side is not going to be affected by the breeze much.

It’s going to be shifting to the right side. So, I’m just going to draw a mild free-style curve like this.

Let the weight of the hair be concentrated at the bottom of her neck:

3 - draw the other side of the hair

Next, draw the hair moving in the wind. We’ll start with the top section:

4 - start drawing the hair

I’m going to draw the bottom part of her hair now: And I’m going to move in the same direction as the hair I drew on the left side.

5 - draw the bottom portion

Just focus on drawing section by section, we can add the details later.

6 - add a section

Now, I’m going to add more sections.

Remember, the middle portion of her hair will be longer so you can draw that extending to the maximum.

Again, follow the direction of the wind and draw sections as smoothly as you can. Use your wrist to get these movements to reflect more naturally.

7 - add more sections

Make sure you complete the sections.

8 - add another section

Now, I’ll draw some bangs and hair flowing in front of her face. I’ll keep this short and make sure it doesn’t cover any of her facial features like this:

9 - draw the bangs

Once you’re done, you can add additional strands all over her hair – this will make your hair look more free and natural and beautiful.

10 - draw additional strands

Now, we’re done drawing the outline of the hair, we are going to start coloring the hair.

Step 3: Color the hair

So, I’m going to change the color of the hair outline by making it purple.

Because I intend to color the whole hair light purple.

You can color your hair any color you want.

To change the outline layer, just change the layer property to “Alpha lock” and then color the outline layer any color you want.

11 - change the outline color

Now, I’ll add the base color underneath the hair outline.

So, I’m going to use light purple for this and just block out the color.

12 - fill in the base color

Now, I will add some streaks to her hair to give it more texture. You can read this post to learn more about how I add highlights and shadows to my drawings.

When drawing streaks, remember to vary the length and thickness of the lines, don’t make them super parallel.

13 - start adding streaks

Next, I’ll add more streaks: I’m doing this step by step so that you can see how easy it is:

14 - add more streaks

I’ll draw another set of streaks on the right side of her hair now.

15 - add streaks in the direction of hair

And I’ll add more streaks to her hair. Just remember to draw the streaks in the direction of her hair.

16 - make sure streaks are not parallel

I’m also going to add some lighter purple streaks to the hair going along the same direction as before.

Add lighter streaks

And voila!

We’ve learned how to draw hair in the wind in Procreate.

I know drawing the streaks is challenging, but it does get better and faster with practice.

Takeaway – How to draw hair in the wind + Resources

I hope this in-depth tutorial was helpful to you, and that you were able to learn how to draw hair in the wind on Procreate.

Drawing hair does get much easier with practice.

You can also get these beautiful hair brushes on Procreate if you’re finding it difficult to draw hair and want a shortcut:

Procreate hair brushes

Trust me. Also, drawing with references helps! You can look at stock photos to see what shape of hair you want before you start drawing hair.

One of the best parts about drawing in cartoon style is that you don’t need to complicate things by adding too much texture. You just have to get the shape right and draw a few lines in the direction of hair growth.

I have a post that you can read on how to find your art style

If you want to see more tutorials on hair and people, just leave a comment down below. You can check out my other posts on drawing hair over here.

I will be adding more hair drawing tutorials to this blog, so keep a lookout!

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