In this free art lesson, you’ll learn how to draw a Manga Boy (3/4 View) with shaggy / messy 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 / messy hair, we will be using the Basic Boy Head / Face (Three-Quarter View) template that we created in a previous tutorial. Click on the link below to complete the Head and Face (Three Quarter View) drawing first:
After you have your drawing for the Basic Head / Face (3/4 View), follow the step-by-step drawings below to add the short 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: Draw a big shape made up of a few curved lines on the forehead for a big clump of the manga boy’s hair. The lower part of the shape should be between the eyebrows and it should be shaped like a letter V. On either side of this V-shaped line, draw two thinner, smaller V-shaped lines for the tips of the hair. The lines at the top should almost touch the edge of the bald head. The tips of the hair should overlap the eyebrows a little. When you draw hair, it’s important that you don’t draw every single hair strand. Instead, draw clumps of hair as bigger shapes like these shapes.
Step 2: On the left side of the head, draw a series of long, curved vertical lines for more clumps of hair. The bottom of these shapes should be thin and pointy like the letter V. The left-most line should curve along the edge of the bald head. The chunk of hair should overlap a bit of the eyebrow and the forehead.
Step 3: Above the eyebrow on the right, draw another big chunk of the boy’s hair using curved lines. The biggest shape should have two points at the bottom and it should look similar to the letter W. On the bottom, right side of the W-shaped line, draw a smaller V-shaped line. It’s okay to overlap part of the eyebrow.
Step 4: Draw a couple of curved, spike-like shapes to the left of the ear for the manga boy’s shaggy sideburns. Directly on the top part of the ear, draw a big, angled line that’s similar in shape to the letter V for a big chunk of hair. On the left side of the head, draw a smaller V-shaped line for more of the hair.
Step 5: Above the manga boy’s bald head, draw a series of curved lines for the top part of the hair. Follow the basic curvature of the bald head as you draw these lines. Don’t draw these lines to high up or the hair will be too poofy. On the right side, angle the end of the line a bit to create a small spike-like shape.
Step 6: Draw a series of long, curved, vertical lines along the right side of the head for the back portion of the manga boy’s shaggy hair. Draw these lines close to the edge of the bald head and neck. The lower along the neck you draw these lines, the longer the hair will appear. Make the tips of the lines pointy.
Step 7: Within the hair, draw a series of long, curved lines to add extra detail and texture to the manga boy’s messy hair. Don’t over do it with the lines; just add a few for detail.
Step 8: 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 ear 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 hair can be 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 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 and jaw 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.