How I Do Hair: An Art Tutorial by loliroyal
Step 1: Draw the sketch of the hair using a darker version of the color you want it to be. Remeber to keep the flow of it. Don’t draw idividual strands, draw clumps at a time that dirrect the flow. Each clump of hair should have one focal point.
Step 2. Make a new layer and pull it under the sketch layer. On this layer, use a lighter version of the sketch color and fill in the hair area to make sort of a “base” color. Then go to your sketch layer and merge the layer down in to your color layer.
Step 3: Using the eyedropper tool select the color of the original sketch. With this color, start suggestiong the apperace of hair. To do this, start your bush at the focal point of each clump and swish it down half way trough the clump. This part is all about pressure. As you reach the center, ease up on the pen in one swishing motion. Fallow the flow of the hair.
Step 5. : Now find the highlight color. the easiest way to do this is select the original base color and make it a bit lighter. Now with light pen pressure, swish this over the parts where the base color is still showing. Flick your pen upwards at the part where the highlight meets the shadow.
5. Now it’s time to add the reflected light. Reflected light is usually pretty subtle unless the subject is standing dirrectly infront of a light source. The color of the reflected light depends on the color of the light source. I like to use a light yellow if it’s sun light or a light bulb and aqua blue if it’s some kind of digital tech. Remember the color you choose sets the mood of the painting, so choose carefully. To apply reflected light, use the tinest bit of pressure you can and run it over the edge of the side of the hair that the light is hitting. Then slowly run it over the edges of the highlights. At this point you can darken any shadows that are below the front of the hair. Remeber while hair is thin, clumps can cast shadows just as well as an apple can.
6. This is your last chance to darken shadows so take a good look and darken anything not dark enough. Finally add some finishing touches. Open a new layer and using white or an ultra light vrsion of the reflected light color, add tiny lines that fallow the flow of the hair. make rows of thease lines occasionaly trough out the hair. this will give it that shiny ‘polished’ look. Finally fly away strands. I typcially do fly away strands in two colors. One set I do in the reflected light color on the side the light source is. Another set, I do in shadow colors on the side facing away from the hair. Now I know this part is really fun but don’t go too crazy or else the subject will look like they have bed head!
And that’s my hair tutorial. Remember there are lots of diffrent ways to do things and this is just one of them! What works for me, may not work for you so explore your options!