Hair

Another portrait, this time to focus a bit on hair. I had an inspiration for this picture but sadly I don't remember where I've seen the photo so I can't post the link... Back to the main topic: I chose this hair for no particular reason so if you would like to see something different - please let me know. I just want this tutorial to be of some use to you and help you understand how to draw hair. Well, I didn't try too hard with the face so please forgive me ;)

If you see some mistakes or something is still not clear after my clumsy explanations - please let me know!

Firstly I draw some quick sketch, even facial features are missing for now. It's because I wasn't really sure whether I will be drawing her face at all, since this tutorial was supposed to be for the hair only. After that, on the separate layer, it put some basic background. I use big and soft brush for that task. Then, again on the separate layer, I paint some base shape for hair and face, using hard brush with 50% opacity. For now everything is painted "in the same time" because it would be easy to lose control over light and color scheme for the painting.

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After all I sketch some face too, as it looked awkwardly empty... In the same time I continuously add strokes to her hair, drawing separate strains. Hair tends to group into blocks and right now this is exactly what I want to see. Detail will come later, for now I need to focus on painting hair in the way it would show where is the front, where is the back, what is the shape of head and how strands of hair are placed.

I draw parting and some black hair coming from it. The more detail I manage to put in now, the easier work will be later. Wen I'm satisfied with blocks of hair I move on to the ones near ear. Hair on the back, near her neck will be blurry, this will give an additional effect of depth. I use a soft brush with small opacity to easily blend things together.

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Hair above ear shouldn't be blurry so I have to put some effort into painting it. At first I use some big and soft brush with dark color to paint base and after this is done I switch to small and hard edged brush and with lighter color I draw separate strands. I guess it's good to remind you now that hair doesn't have single color and it's good to mix in some different tones to make it look more natural.

I draw hair after hair... It's good to see in the mirror how hair reacts to light and such. Basic principles are: hair absorbs light so it's dark underneath it, it tends to group into blocks, it shines when exposed to direct light, some separate strands will always "run away" and stand up. Observe!

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Hair on the back of the head should also be blurry. Sometimes I use smudge tool to blur things a little but it's often easier to just take a soft brush and paint what you want to be blurry. It also helps a lot to look at the hair as a whole and adjust light on it. When we draw a lot of separate, single hair we change the overall look and it's not necessarily a change into the good direction ;)

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When I am satisfied with hair I move on to the face but don't spent too much time on it. I realize that her forehead is too high so I move her eyes a little up ;D When I am done with face features I clean up her skin with soft brush and add some texture with small spots and dots.

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On the very end I make shadows a bit darker and finally the picture is ready! :)