How to Draw Anime &amp Manga Style Hair Braids

This tutorial will show you how to draw hair braids in manga and anime styles. It includes several illustrations.

How to Draw Anime & Manga Style Hair Braids
Anime girl with braid drawing

Analyzing The Shape of the Braid

Although the braid shape may appear simple, it can be quite complicated.

Braid bricks comparison

A braid can be thought of as a “stack” of bricks, as illustrated in the illustration above.

Drawing straight Anime Braids

Straight anime braid drawing

Step 1 – Outline of Basic Straight Braid Shape

Straight anime braids are basically just hanging down. To do this, draw a straight vertical strip that will represent the center of the braid. Then draw two lines around the line to indicate the outer shape. A basic shape for the braid’s tail end can be drawn.

Step 2 – Inner Lines

You can draw two lines from there that are closer to the center. After you erase the center line, you can draw two more lines.

Step 3 – Drawing of the Finished Construction Lines

Project a series of straight lines (angled down) that run from the outer braid’s line to the inner one. This will show you the basic shape of the braid.

Step 4 – Basic Straight Braid Drawing

These lines can be used to create the “organic” curving shape of the braid.

Step 5 – Finalized Straight braid Drawing

You can finish the braid by adding a few hints of curls to the hair.

Drawing Curved Anime Braids

Curved anime braid drawing

Step 1 – Outline of Basic Curved Braid Shape

Draw a curve around the line to create a braid that is curved in anime or manga. Draw the lines around this line that will represent the braid’s outer shape. You can also add the basic shape to the tail of your braid at the end.

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Step 2 – Inner Lines

You can draw another set of curves between the braid’s outer shape and the center line, and then erase the center line.

Step 3 – Drawing of the Finished Construction Lines

Create a series of slightly curved lines from each end of the braid to reach the inner line. This will create the basic shape for the curved braid.

Step 4 – Basic Curved Braid Design

These construction lines will allow you to draw the braid’s actual shape.

Step 5: Finalized Curved Braid Design

The same as in the straight braid example, you can also add the finishing touches to the braid by giving a hint of the inner hair.

Conclusion

Although braiding may appear simple, it can be quite difficult. I hope you found this tutorial helpful in understanding how to draw braids.

See:

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