A beginner-friendly guide to learning how to draw a great-looking Anime Male Hair Step by Step with easy, step by step drawing instructions and video tutorial. Great for beginner artists!
In many cases, anime and manga hair is instantly recognizable due to its spiky, outlandish appearance. In some cases, though, it resembles real-world hairstyles.
Below, we'll learn how to draw anime male hair with the help of a step-by-step hair drawing tutorial. We will draw an anime boy with a ponytail.
Then, we'll take a look at different styles of anime haircuts for men.
Step-by-Step Tutorial for Drawing an Anime Boy with Ponytail
We'll draw an anime boy side profile. You might recognize this hairstyle as similar to that of Jim Hawkins in Disney's Treasure Planet.
Anime Male Hair Step by Step drawing - Step 1
1. Use a long curved line to outline the head and facial features. Use another curved line to draw the ear.
To practice a face side view drawing in more detail see this tutorial on Anime Profile Drawing.
Anime Male Hair Step by Step drawing - Step 2
2. Detail the face, using the contours of the outline as a guide. Align the eye with the indentation below the brow bone. Center the eyebrow in the brow bone directly above the eye.
Detail the ear, nose, and mouth with curved lines. Use a curved line to contour the skull between the ear and eye.
Anime Male Hair Step by Step drawing - Step 3
3. Sketch the hairline beside the contour line on the side of the face, like in the buzzed hairstyle above. Then, use a series of overlapping curved lines to draw the flattened oval shape of the hair on top of the head. From the point where the hair meets the forehead, extend two long curved lines and allow them to meet at a point, forming a long lock or bang.
Anime Male Hair Step by Step drawing - Step 4
4. Draw the bun at the back of the head; it is more readily visible from this angle. Start with an irregular round shape. Then, use curved lines that meet at points to enclose the hair tie and tufts of hair. Texture the bun with curved lines of different lengths.
Anime Male Hair Step by Step drawing - Step 5
5. Texture the hair on top of the head with curved lines.
Anime Male Hair Step by Step drawing - Step 6
Male Anime Hairstyles
The hair drawing chart below outlines many common styles of anime hair for beginners. You can use these drawings as a reference to create and style your own characters.
You may notice some similarities and differences between these hairstyles and female anime hairstyles.
Anime Male Hairstyles Examples
The first image shows an anime boy with short hair in a buzzed hairstyle. This style is the easiest to draw since the lines of the head double as the outer outline of the hair. All you have to draw is the hairline around the forehead.
The second image shows longer hair. This medium-length hair is curly or wavy in texture. It takes on the spiky appearance common to anime boy hair as each lock of hair ends at a point.
The third image shows a man with a mohawk hairstyle. The sides are closely clipped like that of the first image, but a "mohawk" or thin strip of long hair is left uncut in the middle. It is then spiked and strengthened with hair gel. This hairstyle derives its name from a Native American tribe.
In the second row, the first character has dreadlocks, a type of braid or twist. This realistic hair can be used on a wide range of characters.
The next image shows a classic anime hair base. The hair is spiky and sticking up in all directions.
The third image shows a short hair outline with long bangs. Characters may be given an air of mystery by allowing their hair to partially cover their face.
On the bottom row, we see a typical long anime hair style. The spiky locks hang down to the shoulders and in front of the ears. A headband holds the hair back from the face. For many characters, this headband has added significance as well.
Next, we see an anime ponytail. Most of the man's hair is pulled back tight away from his face, but one long, spiky lock does hang down in front of his eyes. Many fighting characters pull their long hair back in this way.
Another option for dealing with long hair is the man bun or samurai bun. Again, the hair is mostly pulled back from the face, with only a few tufts hanging down. The curled bun can be seen on the top or back of the head.
What to draw next?
Can you draw the handsome character in this tutorial in different ways? Of course, you can! Try drawing him with each of the hairstyles from the anime hair reference above.
Then, get really creative. Draw him with different emotions from our facial expressions chart. Even give him a disguise (or a makeover) by using different noses, eyebrows, and mouths!
You can also add him a beard with the instructions in the How to Draw Facial Hair tutorial.
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