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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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Resources
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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Oliriv Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I did't have any idea of hoe to color hair :D
you are fantastic!!!!
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psycho23 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hair is one of the hardest things for me to colour. This is really going to help me. Thanks!
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Mao-Kyoku-Kon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist
 :iconohmyglobplz: it's amazing, thanks 4 share!!
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cozy1299 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  New member
thanks!
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AquaAurion Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I never thought of using gradient or overlay before =O thank you for enlightening me!
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Silnev Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
great tutorial. :D
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Anamated Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I saw this posted on tumblr a few months back and and I wanted to let you know that this is such a big help to those of us working on our digital painting.  Thank you again for putting it together and putting out here :)
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Deidarafangirlartist Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well put! I'm guilty of using the hell out of my blur/smudge tool~ Thank you for taking the time to make this
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Tenkamchi-Sama Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
not that i dislike your style, it's just that i feel uhm... your way of putting things feels somewhat arrogant... no.. not really arrogant... ah... i'm not a native speaker... i have trouble finding words in english...

uh... it's that every artist has their own way of doing things, and if I use dodge and burn, to make the hair glow in the light, for example, or smudge, to make them look softer, it is my way of doing things...

i do like the idea with the gradient... and shading itself...

but ah... i hope you understand what i meant by this... sorry for my crap english!
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your input!

I write these tutorials as if I were making them for my younger self when I started drawing. I know that it's blunt and that it's sarcastic, but this is a tutorial I wish I had found when I was a beginner instead of listening to ones that recommended smudge/dodge tools. I think that they detract from the quality of a digital painting, that doesn't mean that people have to agree with me, or that they can't use them. If someone like my younger self reads this tutorial and decides to stick with rendering with the paintbrush, I believe it would save them a lot of time and hassle, and to me that is worth the risk of upsetting those who might disagree.
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