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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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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?
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!!!!
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Oh wow, thank you! ^^ thats a pretty awesome compliment
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!
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
haha glad to be of service XD :D
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!!
PegasiPaint 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?
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Sorry I'm not sure what exactly you're asking? Could you try rephrasing please? :)
PegasiPaint Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nevermind ^^
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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