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Hair: What to Do vs. What NOT to Do by StarshipSorceress Hair: What to Do vs. What NOT to Do by StarshipSorceress
I know, as if I dont already have enough stuff about hair already XD But I've gotten several questions on the way I get the "look" of my hair in the hair color palettes I do, so I figured I'd create a demonstration of the basic steps I take to achieve that, as well as what NOT to do. Keep in mind this is just how I do hair, it's not the only method for painting it. 

In most of my resources I've used SAI to paint, but this was done in Photoshop. Mainly to show that it doesnt really matter what program you are using, the technique is what makes the difference. So this will work in any program, have no fear (:

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this was easy enough to understand! For brushes I use in SAI and Photoshop, please consult my FAQ:

EDIT: Guys, this will work on any type of hair. If you want to add a few more strands, or a few less strands, or want to make it curly, wavy, whatever, it will still work. Just keep the basic tips in mind. Stay loose, remember lightsource/lights and shadows, and dont make everything super stiff/uniform!

The palette I used for this can be found here (third row, second one in from the left): 

Jumbo Hair Palettes Chart by StarshipSorceress

Other Tutorials and Resources:
Abnormal Hair Color Tutorial by StarshipSorceress Color Tutorial by StarshipSorceress Light and Dark: A Tutorial on Black and White Hair by StarshipSorceress Neon Hair Palettes by StarshipSorceress

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ttclar Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome - I know this is probably going to be the most annoying question but what brushes did you use? ^^;
4cend Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great, one of the few hair tutorials that has actually helped me!
If anyone would ever ask, this is what I would recommend.
Simple but effective :D
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
I'm happy to hear it! :)
NGv2 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Great tutorial!
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
NGv2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
You're welcome!
JeffSequeira Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You :D
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
no problem (:
MrSpanyard Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
This is good. Yeah, it is.
Also thanks for the other recommendation about color blending.

This is more useful than Ryky's "tutorials".
Silent-Assassin21 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
You just made my drawing life so MUCH easier......thank you.
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