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How to Draw a Goatee (Facial Hair)

Human facial hair is a simple thing to draw.  The important things to remember are:

  1. The hair is connected to the face!  The base shape of the facial hair has to match the shape of the face.
  2. Highlights are important to add shape and dimension.
  3. Hair grows in various directions, but in general, beards hang downward.
  4. Hair is not a perfect shape; there are flyaways, frizz, curls, etc.

Let’s get started!  Keep in mind that this is not a “how to draw a mouth” tutorial, so I’m going to brush over a simple outline very quickly to get started.

Step 1:

Draw a wide ‘W’ to signify where the lips part.

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Step 2: Very lightly draw the upper and lower lip outlines (don’t make them dark!)

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Step 3: Add the basic shape of the goatee.  You can add some shading to the lips now if it makes you feel better.

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Step 4:

Remember the How to Draw Hair tutorial?  The same principle applies here.  I started with the hair that is immediately under the lip and made pencil strokes downward.

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I then did a second layer to bring lighter hairs into the space where the highlight will be.

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Step 5:

Next, I drew whiskers from the chin upward, making sure to keep the pencil marks light in the center where the highlight will be.  You can rotate your page if it makes this step easier for you.

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Step 6: I kind of did this backwards.  I recommend that you draw the upper whiskers by starting nearest the lip.  This will make adding dimension a lot easier as you add layers.

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Remember that the hairs that are nearest to the lip will be darker than the hairs on top.  Look at your head hair in the mirror (if you have hair).  You’ll see that the bottom layers are darker, because they are in shadow.  Same rule applies here.

Step 6:

Use your tortillon to blend and soften the appearance of the hair.  Remember to blend in the same direction as your pencil strokes!

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Step 7: Lift some highlights in the top layer of hair on the upper lip.  Use a pencil a shade or two darker than your drawing pencil to outline the highlights to accentuate them.

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Now all you have to do is blend and layer, blend and layer… Add more highlights.  Do this until the facial hair is as thick and 3D as you want it to be.  Done!

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