Author Unknown - Arcane elf mage (air mage, maybe?) with a signet band. Signet bands are excellent choices for mages, as they can both hold a gem (for additional casting power) and provide decent, cheap protection for the head without limiting vision
"How to Draw Hair tutorial by =ribkaDory on deviantART: by drawing the ends and hairs at hairline close together you can create shading and a sense of form. This will help if you are into drawing people.