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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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Silnev Featured By Owner 3 days ago
great tutorial. :D
Anamated Featured By Owner 5 days ago  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 :)
Deidarafangirlartist Featured By Owner 6 days ago  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
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!
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.
Tenkamchi-Sama Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, then it's okay...
I just wanted to point that out^^

I think that every scenery requires different styles and so on, therefore i usually dislike one-method-tutorials^^

I like your motivation for doing this, it seems somewhat... how can I say...? it's almost cute^^
Lone-wolfkay Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant will this work for Manga Studio 5?
lostie815 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It should, though the tools probably have different names.
Lone-wolfkay Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Still have gradient, but yeah, different names just have to fidget around with the paint setttings (water colour, oil and something else)
RainyMeadows Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! Can this be done in Photoshop?
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