In this free art lesson, you’ll learn how to draw a Manga Boy with Parted hair step-by-step. All of the tutorials on How2DrawManga.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw manga step by step.
To learn how to draw Parted hair, we will be using the Basic Boy Head / Face template that we created in a previous tutorial. Click on the link below to complete the Head and Face drawing first:
After you have your drawing for the Basic Head / Face, follow the step-by-step drawings below to add the Parted hair. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you’ll know exactly what to draw next. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
Intro: Start off with a pencil sketch. In the beginning stages, don’t press down too hard. For every step, sketch lightly at first so that it’s easy to erase if you make a mistake
Step 1: Start by drawing a long, pointy shape on the top, left side of the manga boy’s head for the first part of the parted hair. The main part of this section should fit between the eye and the ear and it should look similar to a tall, curved letter V. This represents a big clump of hair. When you draw hair, it is best to draw it as big clumps instead of individual hair strands. The inner edge of this clump should curve in toward the middle of the forehead. Add a short, curved line at the top of the clump (along the edge of the bald head). Along the inner edge of the clump, draw a smaller V-shaped line for a thinner clump.
Step 2: Draw a similar shape on the top, right side of the head for the other side of the boy’s parted hair. Make the shape of the clump similar to a giant, curved letter V. The clump should fit between the eye and the ear. It’s okay if it overlaps the eye and eyebrow a bit. Add an extra thin, V-shape on the inner edge for a smaller clump of hair. Add a smaller line near the top edge of the bald head.
Step 3: At the top, draw a series of lines within the curvature of the previous hair chunks for the boy’s roots and hairline. Curve these lines. The lines near the middle should be longer than the lines on the outer sides. The bottoms of the lines should be the same length to create the hairline above the forehead.
Step 4: Draw a long, curved line along the top, left side of the manga boy’s bald head for the outer edge of the parted hair. Follow the path of the bald head as you draw this line. Stay close to the edge of the bald head, otherwise the hair will be too poofy. Along the bottom, draw a series of V shaped lines for the tips of the clumps of hair. Draw the tips along the top of the ear. It’s okay to overlap the ear a bit.
Step 5: Draw a similar shape on the top, right side of the boy’s head for the other side of the parted hair. Follow the path of the bald head as you draw the outer edge of the hair. Keep the edge of the hair close to the edge of the bald head so that the hair isn’t too poofy. At the bottom, draw a series of curved, V-shaped lines for the tips of the hair.
Step 6: Add a few more long, curved lines throughout the shape of the boy’s hair for extra detail on the hair strands. Curve the lines in the middle to emphasize the part in the hair. Don’t draw too many of these lines; just a few to give more structure. At the bottom, on either side of the neck, draw a series of curved, pointy lines for the tips of the back of the hair peeking from behind the head. The longer you make these lines along the neck, the longer the hair will be. You can also skip the lines on the sides of the neck for a shorter hair look.
Step 7: Using a pen or marker, go over the lines to make your drawing permanent. Ink slowly and carefully to avoid accidents. Don’t ink the parts of the ears that are behind the clumps of hair. If you’d like, you can draw the eyebrows over the hair like in the image or omit everything that is behind the hair. It all depends on personal style. Some manga artists draw the eyebrows over the hair because it’s a bit see-through and others don’t. It’s up to you. After the ink dries, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser.
Final Step: Color your manga boy with parted hair drawing! This drawing was colored digitally but you can achieve the same result using color pencils, markers or crayons! For this look, use light green or yellow-green, color a few streaks across the top of the hair for highlights. Use green for the rest of the hair and don’t overlap the highlights. Use dark green along the top and bottom of the hair for some shadows. Color lightly at first and slowly blend the colors together. For an easier drawing, just color the entire hair a single orange color. You can also use any other color you want. Manga characters are always colorful so use, blue, orange, purple or any other color you want for the hair.
Use peach for the skin. Use a bit of light brown under the head and parted hair for shadows. Color the irises dark brown at the top and gradually add light brown at the bottom. Using two colors gives the iris a more rounded feel. For a simpler drawing, you can also just use a single color for the iris. You can also use any other color you’d like for the eyes. Don’t overlap the tiny highlight circles inside the eyes as you color the irises.
That’s it! Keep practicing until you get the hair right. Draw it again and again using different colors and eventually you’ll get better! Bookmark this page for different upcoming hairstyles.