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๐Ÿ‘‹ Hello guys, it's Grace again; welcome to my '๐ก๐š๐ข๐ซ ๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž'. For the record, I love painting hair... It's totally a whole of effort and patience to begin with! But not all of you confidence or even like to do it, right?

Unfortunately, if you're painting portraits, furry animals or small marsupials, hair is almost always a requirement! ๐Ÿ˜…

Anyway, here's an introduction to the different styles I've used to paint hair. There will be several techniques, I'm still learning and getting better as I've only really painted hair since the beginning of my digital art journey back in May 2019 with my boyfriend (โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘‘๐‘ข๐‘๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐ถ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘†๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘œ ๐‘ƒ๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘ฆ ๐‘“๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘ ๐‘ฆ๐‘š๐‘š๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ÿ). In the old days it was watercolor or pencil.

There is no โ€˜rightโ€™ or โ€˜wrongโ€™ way to go about it. Have a look at other artists techniques and adopt one or adapt to suit yourself, it all comes with practice. There are some great tutorials on Clip Studio TIPS for painting hair that admittedly, I must have a closer look at before submitting mine.

I mostly use a single brush in Clip Studio Paint as a starting point, just the ๐ฐ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ ๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก, but vary the size and pressure using my graphic tablet. And ๐ฆ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง for details or hair strings. I ๐๐จ๐ง'๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ข๐š ๐ข๐ง๐ค brushes, they seem to be too uniform and too wild to handle, but maybe I just need practice. More in-depth tutorials will follow.

โ“ต : Preparation

โฏ‡ I. - My initial step to create this tutorial will always be the same as you (probably) with giving the ๐…๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐ž first. But you can always name or rename your artwork later if you wish.

โฏ‡ II. - I wish to print my artwork as big as A4 paper, so my actual Canvas settings will be the same as above: with ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ Resolution.

โฏ‡ III. - It depends on your actual habit, I'll start my tutorial with grey color on ๐๐š๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ color. I learned that using grey-scale of paper will help my eyes stay longer when drawing digitally. White background sometimes too bright especially if you plan to draw in front of the computer consistently in the night time.

After that, with ๐Œ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ž๐ง, I draw my sketch with a new raster layer.

๐Ÿ… ๐๐Ž๐๐”๐’:
You can have the entire outline of mine (high-resolution image) as PNG to download below (๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐œ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ...) then you can use it to do your own experiment!

Feel free to use my outline as you wish. Just please give a credit to me if you don't mind by link back to this tutorial. Thank you! ๐ŸคŸ

โ“ถ : Hair Treatment

Paint the basic shape of the hair using Turnip Pen. After that, I add some basic colors (๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ) with simple ๐–๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ brush selection as follow:

โ–ฒ Using only standard/default ๐ƒ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž ๐–๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ from ๐–๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ brush set, I give the first initial brush strokes for several areas. By doing so, I limit myself to make something in detail, this is my habitual color blocking phase II.

โ“ท : Color Treatment

โ–ฒ I use another colors to block and give some highlights; again in my term; it's my habitual color blocking phase III. My suggestion to keep on using larger brushes so you don't get caught in detailing mode when you build up color variation into it.

Please take a look carefully, the way that I give a few of big strokes always ๐š๐œ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ but with ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ณ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ direction, ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ yet.

โ–ฒ Now this is some exciting phase, with only ๐–๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก from default ๐–๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ brush set: I start to blend those colors applied to the hair. Sometimes I'm using shortcut key ๐€๐‹๐“ (๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ค) to pick nearby colors; adding some contrast to the overall hair.

โ–ฒ ๐–๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก from default ๐–๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ brush set is fine, I'm comfortable enough with the result, but sometimes if you can try other brushes within the watercolor set to achieve different results.

You can try ๐๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ instead, but you need to press more while brushing to get the 'paint' somewhat bolder for its density.

โ“ธ : Highlights Treatment

Another fun part; ๐š๐๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ! I saw a lot of hair tutorials; there are plenty on the internet already especially talking about shiny hair techniques.

Well, honestly ๐ผ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘›'๐‘ก ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’'๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘“๐‘“๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š ๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ... But let me just fill you with ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ to share according to my research.

โ–ฒ With ๐Œ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ž๐ง, I create some strands of hair with highlights randomly (๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘’๐‘š๐‘  ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘š ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘–๐‘ก โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘› ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘Ÿ ๐‘“๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ค) and sometimes with additional ๐‘๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ข๐ฅ to add some textures.

โ“น : Smoothing Treatment

Now, this one is an ๐š๐›๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ง to do; a ๐๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐จ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ! Hahaha!! Well, sorry for the over-exciting reaction; but as you can see below, this is where the real trick begins! And I learn that from my lovely Futopia's tutorial about VFX Techniques!

โ–ฒ With standard ๐‚๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฑ๐ข๐ง๐  โžก ๐…๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฉ, I proudly present; one and only way to make hair shading, mixing, smoothing... EVERYTHING EASIER! ๐Ÿ˜†

โ–ฒ Touch-ups, using BIG strokes of ๐€๐ข๐ซ ๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก โžก ๐’๐จ๐Ÿ๐ญ and slightly add black/darker tone; paint the whole piece altogether to my desire.

โ–ฒ Now for the second touch-ups, drawing some hair strands using ๐“๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐๐ž๐ง will be optional. Why? Because ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ๐ง'๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐›๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง๐ž, this is just my hobby/dedication to make it looks realistic enough for my eyes.

๐Ÿ›‘ Don't just leave it be like that; you need to ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐๐ ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š ๐ฐ๐ž๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ซ. The more contrast of its colors will have a different representation.

Try to make it looks natural by doing a smudge or blend with ๐‚๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฑ๐ข๐ง๐  โžก ๐…๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฉ.

๐Ÿ’ก Try to use variation of colors to create an interesting ๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘“๐‘™๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› with light blue or even light green. Always remember to blend it over or smudge it afterwards; obviously speaking, just play along with several brushes until you feel satisfy with it.

๐ŸคŸ Now it's ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ with the mother's hairstyle. Can you copy and modify any of my techniques and apply it to yours?

โ“บ : Professional Hair Treatment

The thing that ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐๐ซ๐š๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  hair is ๐๐Ž๐“ the shape of the hairstyle but ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ. For the beginners, they usually start by drawing each strand of hair and finish with the outline for the entire head of hair.

The first thing a ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž. Then s/he divides the hair into tufts by drawing lines. ๐’๐ก๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ are deliberate ways of changing tufts of hair and the shape.

The important thing is to ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ from your favorite films, animes, and pictures that you think are good, and start drawing them.

Thank you for reading so far and I hope you could try and get anything (๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘โ„Ž๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ž๐‘ข๐‘’๐‘ , ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘๐‘˜๐‘ , ๐‘’๐‘ฅ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘›๐‘๐‘’๐‘ ) that I share through this mini tutorial of hairstyle creation.

โ“ป : ๐Ÿ’‡ Professional Hairstylist Tips

In each work, hairstyle ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ and various ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ within. And below is the complete visual story of my painting that represents the theme about:

โ„’๐’พ๐“€โ„ฏ โ„ณโ„ด๐“‰๐’ฝโ„ฏ๐“‡, โ„’๐’พ๐“€โ„ฏ ๐’Ÿ๐’ถ๐“Šโ„Š๐’ฝ๐“‰โ„ฏ๐“‡

โ€œ๐ด๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐ผ ๐‘Ž๐‘š ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘’, ๐ผ ๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘š๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘”๐‘’๐‘™ ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ.โ€ โ€“ ๐€๐›๐ซ๐š๐ก๐š๐ฆ ๐‹๐ข๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ง

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