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Unformatted text preview: PAINTING WAVY HAIR Learn the secrets of painting and texturing realistic wavy hair strands with these easy-to-follow steps from Marta Dahlig P ainting realistic hair is a very difficult thing to do. Mastering this skill is a matter of possessing both theoretical and technical skills. Moreover, different kinds of hair require different levels of skill – painting straight hair is much easier than depicting curls or waves. When you’re painting curls you have to think in 3D, and work out not just how the hair falls, but also how the curls will interact and how they’ll be affected by the hairstyle. Colour is another area that can cause problems. While the vast majority of painting subjects require a simple palette consisting of one midtone and some accompanying shades, hair’s natural colour diversity requires simultaneous work with a few midtones. In this workshop I’ll cover the subject of painting wavy hair, describing both the theoretical guidelines (such as structure creation and lighting logic) as well as practical tips regarding technical execution – the use of custom brushes, colour application and texturing. To use the workshop and its accompanying files (custom brushes are supplied on this issue’s DVD) to their full advantage, you’ll need a tablet and a professional painting program – preferably Photoshop, though you can adapt all the steps to work in Painter if that’s your program of choice. 1 Colour palette Getting your colour palette right is one of the most important steps for painting realistic hair. The colour choices alone can determine whether your work will be a success. Just as you would when shading any object, choose shadows and highlights of a slightly different hue to your midtone. However, unlike the process for painting skin, here you should choose two or three midtones – applying them simultaneously will help you enrich the look of your hair. 2 Creating the base While I discourage excessive use of Airbrushes, this is one place they’re very useful. The base of the hair should be textureless and neutral looking. Therefore, pick an Airbrush in a darkened midtone colour and sketch out the general shape of the hair, not paying attention to the actual strands. The marks should only symbolise the hairdo style and the general area you’ll be working on later. September 2008 74 Workshops Marta Dahlig COUNTRY: Poland Born in Warsaw in 1985, Marta is a young and talented artist, and an expert in custom brushes. www.marta-dahlig.com DVD Assets The files you need are on your DVD in the Marta Dahlig folder in Workshops. SOFTWARE: Photoshop CS3 ( demo ) e r Marta Dahlig W UNI34.tut_hair 74 9/7/08 12:36:48 pm September 2008 75 In depth Painting wavy hair UNI34.tut_hair 75 9/7/08 12:36:56 pm 3 Useful brushes You should paint and texture hair at the same time, which means you should think about brushes before you start. There are particular moments where certain brushes do the best job. While I use four brushes for the whole painting process – the Airbrush, the Ragged...
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This note was uploaded on 08/22/2011 for the course DESIGN 101 taught by Professor Fakhrulabidi during the Spring '11 term at International Academy of Design & Technology.

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