I ALWAYS wondered about a good way to get those strands of hair that cross over eachother! Never once thought about putting hair strands on their own layers! Maybe now my hair styles won't look quite so helmet-like now...
Oh, well you know how not too long ago, dA had no folder system? The only way to keep my art separated from my miscellaneous other things was to put all my tutorials and misc. in scraps. Now I have a tutorials folder in the gallery with this in it... but that's why.
thanks for the tutorial, yours are probably some of the most helpful ive come across, btu what sort of size brush would you recomend to do the first stage, as i use paintshop pro and some of the smaller brushes are quite pixely??
Well something big enough to cover a lot of area quickly, because this is the quick sketch were you just place where you want what colors and tones... but small enough to make the zig zags you see. The end size depends on the size of the hair in the picture I think... if you are drawing an entire person small in a larger setting, you will want a fairly small brush size... like 9 or 10... but if it is a portrait, you can get away with much bigger. this first step is about efficiency more than anything else. You are composing the hair and arranging it so that when you add the detail later, it looks right. Good luck and I hope that helped
Thanks for this tutorial. Some people say that the eyes of a character are the most important thing in the picture but I also think that a good and realistic hair can attract even more than the eyes sometimes.
I had that same problem once. The smudge tool is an added bonus to make the blending go better... if you can't use it, I suggest you use a brush with a faded edge so that it blends itself naturally, and just very carefully place the colors so they are where you want them to be to begin with, it should work just as good. I just like the smudge because that way I can apply the colors first without thinking too much. You're welcome. This one was a spur of the moment idea. I am coloring a picture and when i get to the hair I think, "I bet people would like to see what I do." so then I just saved it at various stages and then voila! Glad you like it.
I was originally going to put more info on that, but I do have a shading tutorial for hair and that is the one I was talking about. The shades and the colors more or less are the same. Here is the link, look at it the pictures, see if you can more or less figure out what I would probably write, and if you can't ask. I was going to include writing on it to help out with it making sense... but I haven't gotten to it yet, so it might be confusing. [link]