We draw hair (lesson 1)

In this lesson we will look at the basic methods by which you can draw straight or slightly wavy hair.

Take any photo of the person to whom you want to draw hair or draw the person yourself, as the author did.

We draw hair (lesson 1)

At the end of our work, we should have the following result:

We draw hair (lesson 1)

In this tutorial we will use tools such as: a brush We draw hair (lesson 1)(brush) dimmer We draw hair (lesson 1) (dodge) clarifier We draw hair (lesson 1) (burn) and finger We draw hair (lesson 1)(smudge tools).
Remember that this technique is best used for drawing straight or slightly curly hair.

Step 1. Outline hairstyles.

In this example, the author decided to make the hair a light brown color.
Take a brush, select the color you want (in this case, light chestnut), set the rigidity to 50%.

Begin to draw hair, along the contours of the head and shoulders, brushing along the growth of the hair, reaching the tips and releasing the left mouse button. (about as when drawing with a pencil: making strokes tear off a pencil from paper.)
At this stage, it is not necessary to work out everything carefully and accurately, the main thing is to give shape to the hairstyle and fill the whole space without gaps.

We draw hair (lesson 1)

Step 2. Use the finger tool

Take the Finger tool We draw hair (lesson 1) (Smudge tool), set the brush diameter somewhere 10-20 px, rigidity closer to 0% and intensity 85-95%.
Move your finger in the direction of natural hair growth, as shown in the picture:

We draw hair (lesson 1)

In the end, you should have this:

We draw hair (lesson 1)

Step 3. Tool dimmer and clarifier.
Elaboration of light-shadow.

This part is the most tedious and laborious, but if you train, it will take you quite a bit of time.

Take the tool clarifier We draw hair (lesson 1) (dodge tool), in the tool settings you should have: Range – “Mid Tones”; The exposure is approximately 15-20%, and the diameter of the brush is 2-4 px.

Begin to draw in the direction of hair growth. For a sample, you can take any photo that has long hair, on it you can see how the light and shadows on the hair are arranged in the natural environment.

Now change the instrument settings: set the Range – “Light” and once again go through the dark areas. This range control allows you to change color and brightness, giving your hair a more natural look.

Now take the Dimmer tool We draw hair (lesson 1) (burn tool) (to do this, you can simply hold down the Alt key and the Clarifier tool turn into Dimmer, though the settings will remain the same and the icon itself will not change, but with the Alt key held down, the Clarifier will dim!)
Repeat all the same that we have done with the dark areas, switching the range from “Medium tones” to “Light”, so that on bright areas the hair would look natural.
If something does not suit you in the result, then try experimenting with the settings:
Increase / decrease the size of the brush, change the shape of the brush, increase / decrease the Exposure, switch in Range – Shadows \ Medium tone \ Light.

That’s what the author did as a result of 5 minutes of work.
I think this will take much longer for you!

We draw hair (lesson 1)

Step 4. Tool dimmer and clarifier. Lighting source.

After working out the light-shadows, all the same, the hair still looks unnatural, non-volume and flat. In order for the hair to lie in the volume of the head, it is necessary to lighten what is closer to us, this is the front left edge and darken what is next, that is, the back of the head and the crown.
The figure shows the areas that the author has clarified with the Clarifier (pushing to the foreground) and dimming it with the Dimmer (distancing them from us), using a large 50–100 px brush with a low% stiffness.

We draw hair (lesson 1)

In order to make the hair more natural, the author suggests experimenting with the settings of the Dimmer / Brightener tools:

In the dimmer tool in the range settings
– “Mid-tones” increase color saturation, making it darker
– “Sveta” obscure black \ gray tones
In the Brightener tool in the Range settings
– “Mid-tones” lighten, betraying a white shade
– “Light” lighten, betraying a yellowish tint.

Try all possible options to get a natural result:

We draw hair (lesson 1)

Step 5. Finger tool.

In conclusion, you need to remove all the sharp boundaries, that is, to make the hair on the tips more thin, in those places where they fit to the face and shoulders.
The author prefers to use a large-diameter brush (Splashes) of 39 px and an intensity of 60% in order to make the tips thin.

We draw hair (lesson 1)

Well, that turned out in the end after applying the Finger (Smudge tool).

It took the author 8 minutes to complete this work. But you can spend a lot more if you process the parts more carefully.

We draw hair (lesson 1)

The author also offers more options for what else can be done:

– duplicate the layer and apply the color tone \ saturation, then change the opacity of the layer and change the blending mode (the author prefers to use overlap or one of the light blending modes)
– duplicate the layer and change the contrast by applying Levels or Curves, then changing the layer opacity or applying blending modes.
– Use the tools sharpen and blur brushes to push some strand of hair to the fore, and some way back away.

From myself I can add that it will take more than 8 minutes to do this work, but in order to achieve a very good result, you will have to sit for more than one hour, and maybe start working from the beginning several times.
I hope that you will succeed.

Author: worth1000.

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