In this free art lesson, you’ll learn how to draw a Manga Boy (Side View) with shaggy 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 shaggy hair on a Boy, we will be using the Basic Boy Head / Face (Side View) template that we created in a previous tutorial. Click on the link below to complete the Head and Face (Side View) drawing first:
After you have your drawing for the Basic Head / Face (Side View), follow the step-by-step drawings below to add the shaggy 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 with a long, curved, vertical line above the left tip of the eyebrow for the first part of the hair. The top part of this line should almost touch the top edge of the head. Draw an angled line at the bottom then continue to draw the line toward the lower, left side until it’s outside of the head. Outside of the head, draw a longer curved line that follows the curvature of the head. When you draw hair, it’s important that you don’t draw every single hair strand. Instead draw clumps of hair using big shapes like this one in front of the forehead. Notice the two pointy ends on the bottom of the shape.
Step 2: To the right, draw another clump of hair using long, curved lines. This clump of hair should be smaller than the first clump. The shape should overlap the right side of the eyebrow. The overall shape should be similar to the letter W.
Step 3: Farther to the right but lower than the previous clump, draw a big, curved V-shaped line for more of the manga boy’s hair. This clump of hair should be to the right of the eye. Draw a line in the middle for extra detail. On the lower, right side, draw a smaller, thinner, V-shaped line for more hair.
Step 4: To the right, draw two more big, V-shaped lines for the hair on the side. The First of these lines should be to the left of the ear. The second of these lines should cover the top part of the boy’s ear.
Step 5: Draw a series of curved lines along the top part of the head for the top of the manga boy’s hair. Follow the curvature of the head but draw these lines a bit higher. The two lines on the left should be short, while the line on the right should be very long and it should end in a small angle at the bottom.
Step 6: On the right side, draw a series of short lines for the back portion of the manga boy’s hair. The lines for this part of the hair should be short and some should be angled at the bottom for the tips of the hair chunks. Follow the basic path of the head shape as you draw these lines. The hair is long and shaggy, so draw the hair low along the neck.
Step 7: In the space between the ear and the neck, draw more short, curved lines for the bottom tips of the hair. Most of these lines are angular and V-shaped to emphasize the tips of the hair. It’s okay to overlap the lower part of the neck as you draw these lines.
Step 8: Within the hair, draw a series of long, curved lines to add extra detail and texture to the clumps of hair. Don’t over do it with the lines; just add a few for detail. Follow the basic shape of the clumps. The boy’s hair is meant to be messy so these lines don’t have to be perfect.
Step 9: 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 head, ear and neck 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.
Step 10: Color your drawing! This drawing was colored digitally but you can achieve the same result using color pencils, markers or crayons! Using light brown, color a few streaks across the middle area of the entire hair for highlights. Use brown for the rest of the hair and don’t overlap the highlights. Use dark brown along the top and bottom of the hair. Color lightly at first and slowly blend the colors together. For an easier drawing, just color the entire hair a single brown color, without highlights. You can also use any other color you want. Manga characters are always colorful so use, red, blue, orange or any other color you want for the hair.
Use peach for the skin. Use a bit of light brown under the hair for shadows. Color the iris dark blue at the top and gradually add light blue 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 circle inside the eyes as you color the iris.
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.