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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: fav.me/d6rnxcr

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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:iconmikireikai:
Mikireikai Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
wht kind of brush do you use? 
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
For this just a default hard round brush in Photoshop
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:iconlazyteam:
LazyTeam Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks so much for this^^
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:iconrin---rin:
Rin---Rin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! ^^
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aurora-cs Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting tutorial, this could be a great help.
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:iconfadedlightning:
FadedLightning Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno whether I have the wrong brush size or type but the hair I'm drawing looks like neither of the hair in your tutorial. It just doesn't blend together very well but it doesn't look stringy either. Could you give me some tips?
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Sure! Firstly, what program are you using and what type of brush?
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:iconfadedlightning:
FadedLightning Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Paint Tool SAI and I tried a number of brushes including the airbrush, brush and watercolour tool.
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
hmm. it could be the particular settings on your brush or maybe just the technique you're using to apply the colors. do you have any examples of you trying the method?
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:iconfadedlightning:
FadedLightning Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've just been using them on their default settings which is 100% on everything I think.
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:iconvariouscahoots:
VariousCahoots Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is the greatest tutorial regarding painting hair that i have had the fortune to come across. Thank you!!!!
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Oh wow, thank you! ^^ thats a pretty awesome compliment
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:iconsaikounokenbuhime:
SaikounoKenbuhime Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
At once, it is as if scales have fallen from my eyes. T'was blind, but I now see!
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
haha glad to be of service XD :D
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:iconrad-puppeteer:
Rad-Puppeteer Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, the top is how I used to do hair!! xD

Nice tutorial! I will save this for referencing later!!
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Reh-Rythulian Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi A question: My char Na'la is having Gold hair and also with Gray blue in it (its more furr than hair but anyway)
Is there a way where I should get than the darkes colore and the other colore levels? or should I just try?
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Sorry I'm not sure what exactly you're asking? Could you try rephrasing please? :)
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:iconreh-rythulian:
Reh-Rythulian Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nevermind ^^
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:iconttclar:
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? ^^;
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
It's no problem XD My brush information can be found in my FAQ: fav.me/d6rnxcr
For this particular tutorial I believe I just used a regular default hard round brush in photoshop, with pressure on :)
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ttclar Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, Thanks ^^
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:icon4cend:
4cend Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital 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
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
I'm happy to hear it! :)
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:iconngv2:
NGv2 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Great tutorial!
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
thanks!
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:iconngv2:
NGv2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
You're welcome!
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:iconjeffsequeira:
JeffSequeira Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You :D
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
no problem (:
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:iconmrspanyard:
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".
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Silent-Assassin21 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
You just made my drawing life so MUCH easier......thank you.
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
my pleasure (:
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:iconmalawika:
malawika Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This is very helpful.
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
glad to help!
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:iconwhipping-b0y:
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Interesting, nice.
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
thanks!
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LightningBolt13 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
Which brushes to use? I can't seem to figure it out
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
For this I just used a photoshop hard round brush with pen pressure (:
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dansquarey Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student
what tablet are you using?? im thinking of getting an new tablet, have a bamboo atm but pressure sentivity doesnt seem to work so..
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
I use a Wacom Intuos 4 medium. The Intuos line is really great and I love the one I have, though it's a bit more expensive. Ive heard a lot of people like the bamboo though, is yours perhaps broken? have you tried resetting it?
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odd-socks Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I guess what you are basically saying is that  if you are having problems, you need to take your time and  think in terms of  how the light source will hit the  various planes ? Hmmmm. 

Anyhow : Thanks - this was  super useful to look at and the end result was impressive!! Me and textures  are not friends and it was great to see how an expert does it XD. 
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Paying attention to lightsource is always important, as well as paying attention to the directions your hair/hair chunks are flowing in. And also not making your lines too skritch-scratchy XD

Glad to help!
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Taylor-Evans Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This/these are veyr helpful. What do you use??
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Thanks! What do I use as far as what?
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:icontaylor-evans:
Taylor-Evans Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your tools. Like tablets, programs, etc.
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
that info can be found in my FAQ (:
fav.me/d6rnxcr
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Taylor-Evans Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :]
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Nakovalnya-Art Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
useful. thank you
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
no problem :)
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sweetsweetsunshines Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh, thanks for the what not to do section - it helps b/c I feel like I would make those mistakes 
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