I've been trying to figure this out for weeks. I've studied drawings, I've experimented, I've looked through books and endless web searches. I just can't make it click.
I'm not looking to do the highly detailed style where you go inch by inch and spend hours rendering. I'm looking for a quick, loose, sketchy way of suggesting hair. Examples:
It seems like it should be simple. Sketch out the major locks, fill all in with a midtone, slashes of dark for the obvious shadows, kneaded eraser to pull out some slashes of highlight. But I can't make it work. FWIW I'm using soft and medium vine and 6b compressed with a kneaded.