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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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JitterBugLovlie Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I NEEDED THIS IN MY LIFE!
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wolf912 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
YES THIS IS FANTASTIC. And THANK YOU for adding in some crazy-curly hair. It's nice to see it realistically portrayed for once (and really well portrayed, at that).
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aepa Featured By Owner 6 days ago
This is so amazingly helpful I could cry. I cant even begin to tell you how much I've struggled to try and teach myself how to color/shade hair because it never made sense. Every tutorial I read always did something different, and I'll go ahead and admit that I'm one of those who thought smudge and airbrush are the way to go, because using the paintbrush always made it look so sharp and choppy and I didn't know how to 'smooth' it out without messing it up altogether. It's so frustrating because I WANT to get better, but I could never figure out how, and I almost thought about giving up altogether, but then I happened upon your tutorial, and now I think I can finally begin to understand how all the pro's do things :D I cant thank you enough for making this.
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BaraaChan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
this one is so cool :clap:
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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BaraaChan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
your welcome (^v^)/
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CocoaMelody Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Your blowing my mind with your amazingness.
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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CocoaMelody Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Your blowing my mind withy our amazingness...
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Alexandra-Marrero Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!
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