In this free art lesson, you’ll learn how to draw a Manga Girl (3/4 View) with short 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 short hair, we will be using the Basic Girl 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 the first part of the manga girl’s hair. The line in the middle should be between the eyebrows and it should be shaped like a giant, curved letter V. This is the first big clump of hair. On either side of this V-shaped line, draw two more long lines for thinner clumps of hair. Make the bottoms of the clumps thin and pointy. 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 either side of the middle clump of hair, draw a few more shorter, curved lines for more of the manga girl’s bangs or fringe. These lines should extend outwardly and they should overlap the outer tips of the eyebrows a little bit.
Step 3: On the left side, between the eye and the ear draw another big clump of hair using long, curved vertical lines. Add a few pointy shapes at the bottom for the tips of the hair clump. The girl’s ear and part of the jaw and neck should be overlapped a bit by the long chunk of hair.
Step 4: To the left draw the back of the manga girl’s hair using more curved, vertical lines. Use pointy shapes at the bottom for the tips of the hair clumps. Keep the bottom tips of the hair on the same level above the shoulders because we want to keep the hair short. The leftmost line should be very long. Notice how this entire chunk of hair remains very close to the side of the bald head.
Step 5: On the top right, side draw more of the girl’s bangs or fringe using short, curved vertical lines. Make the bottom tips of these hair chunks pointy like a thin letter V. The bottom of the bangs or fringe should be at the same level as the eyes.
Step 6: On the left side of the face, draw the another chunk of hair using long, vertical lines. Keep this shape close to the face. Make the bottoms pointy and curved and close to the shoulder.
Step 7: Draw a series of short, v-shaped lines on the bottom, right side of the face for the tips of the girl’s hair in the back. At the top, connect the side of the hair using a long, curved horizontal line. The top of the hair should be dome-like. Keep this line fairly close to the top of the bald head and follow the basic curvature of the bald head.
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.
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 ear, jaw or 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 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 with no highlights. You can also use any other color you want. Manga characters are always colorful so use, green, pink, purple or any other color you want for the hair.
Use peach for the skin. Add a bit of pink to the cheeks for blush. Use a bit of light brown under the head for a shadow. Color the irises 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 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.