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Hair Coloring Tutorial by lostie815 Hair Coloring Tutorial by lostie815
All characters from the coloring examples are from The Silver Eye webcomic, by yours truly! :iconthe-silver-eye:
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The most handy hair structure tutorials are this video by Proko and this
blog post.These are useful for thinking about the direction hair locks flow with different styles: 1 2 3 4 5 | Painting Realistic Hair | Shading with gradients: 1 2

Tutorials by me including: Gimp Brush Dynamics, Coloring Eyes and Coloring Method.

Final Thoughts/Dissing of smudge tool
As I was looking for other hair tutorials to plug, it made me sad. Sooo many of them recommend techniques that leave you with blurry hair, whether from the smudge tool, the airbrush tool, fuzzy brushes, or brushes with low opacity. I think rendering with only the smudge tool on hair is the Comic Sans of digital painting and it's a sure way to make any painting look amateurish.

When I first started digital painting I wasted months and months on the smudge tool. It only made ugly art worse and stole time away that could have gone towards getting better at Ye Trusty Paintbrush Tool. It might be a tool lots of people use, but smudge gets no mercy from me.
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Werehorse89 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This is super-helpful, thank you so much! :hug:
manga51 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
was this done using Easy Paint Tool SAI?
lostie815 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
No, it was done in Gimp. Somewhere down in the comments several people have talked about ways to use it in SAI, though.
manga51 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
okay thank you ^-^
Guildseal Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  New member
This is  REALLY great help!! Thanks^^ 
Potofkimchi Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't believe you use gimp for your artwork..  This tutorial has been somewhat of an enlightenment.
Etomo Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah I appreciate the second to last hair--I have a character with tight, natural hair, and have had a hard time figuring out how to draw/paint it, and there are hardly any resources that I've been able to find that go into it.

The gradient trick is sooo helpful and one I don't remember to use often enough, thank you for mentioning it!
lostie815 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I haven't seen many tutorials with that type of hair, either. I'm really glad I decided to do so many examples. :D

Andineth Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
That last one :heart:
AngoraART Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student General Artist
life changing! *practices* :meow:
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