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Painting hair breakdown :)

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 23, 2015, 3:56 AM


This was a very popular request. But instead of uploading to gallery I will make a post out of this :)

’What is hair and how i can render it?’

I got this question and I really wanted to show on very simple examples how to render hair. Because it really is... simple! Following this guide you will be able to paint hair in few minutes.

This is called the ribbon technique.

It is used by many artists out there. I just wanted to show you a couple of examples. As you can see I picked Adam Hughes and J. C. Leyendecker. Look at it and see how they paint the hair. It doesn’t look like a mop. It looks more like big, overlapping shapes organized in some fashion.




Try to imagine a string of hair like a ribbon. Ribbon symbolize a large portion of hair. Don’t focus on every single hair string, instead of this imagine it as bigger shape. It will catch light in highest point and it will have core shadows.

Establish where light is hitting the hair and where it turns dark. Start with big shapes. big brushes to get the lights and volumes right. Then You can go into details and paint small brush strokes to add details like single hair strings.

I attached two examples. First is very simple where you can clearly see and understand the similarity between hair and ribbon. Second example is theory put into practice. But it’s basically doing the same things as shown in simple example.






Let me know what you think about this?

I based my knowledge on James Gurney blog (author of Dinotopia and Light and Color book)

And for the example I used faestock photo.



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Alislinn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is super awesome! As people have said, they are simple explanations, but the results are great!!!!!
It is easy to understand :) It takes a lot of practice and observation to know where to put the lights and the shadows, you are a pro at this :love:
thank you very much for sharing this!!

I just have a question: when you are almost done painting, do you erase the lineart layer or you just paint over it?
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mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's always a pleasure for me to share little tips with community :)
I normally keep lineart separated on different layer. So When I am done I can just delete line art layer. Although I make decision after I finish painting. I can sometimes leave hints of line art in face - like eyes.
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Alislinn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh I see!
Thank you very much for answering and happy new year!
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Luinemarelda Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015   General Artist
yes thanks, I like the simple explanations <3
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mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! :)
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CamishCD Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Student General Artist
A very clear and useful explanation. Thanks! c:
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mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Great you like it! ^^
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GrayCoffee Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :D Thank you so much! :hug:
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mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No problem ^^
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Kerzid Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist
Awesome! Thanks a lot! I'm glad to have people like you in this community :)
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mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, thanks ! Trying to share the knowledge I have, that is useful for people :) 
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