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Offline Killer_Man_

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« on: December 11, 2004, 02:51:13 pm »
Hmm, while looking over some of these guides, I began to use a step by step that someone made. I was trying to draw it out and possibly get a feel how to draw and of course, improve since I can not draw for beans.

The thing is, I can't do hair. That is all I am missing it seems. Can someone show me or tell me how to do hair properly?

It's really confusing, tis all I am saying for, I am sitting here, trying to draw it and all it comes out as indepth lines that makes it rather, ill looking I guess.

So, anyone can help me? I'll try to draw some to show you what I mean and then be able to get help.

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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2004, 06:27:13 pm »
It all depends on the sort of hair (long, short, curly, wavy) and the style you want to draw it in. In general, it helps if you divide the hair in sections or strands. You can then pick a light source and shade the larger parts before going into detail.

It would help a lot if you post your sketches. Or maybe you know of artists that draw hair in a way you really like? In the meantime, you can also try googling for "hair drawing tutorial". '<img'>
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2004, 09:17:18 pm »
Before hair

Before hair and instead of doing normal pupils, I felt like doing diamond ones... I didn't bother to do the ears, which were going to be cat like.

After Hair

After the hair, see what I mean?

and here is the tutorial I am using, I forgot whose it is but it is off of furtopia thus the drawing I am making, is not of my work. I am merely using it as a guide.

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Does that help?

EDIT: I think I need to work on shading also.





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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2004, 09:23:33 pm »
I'm ok at drawing hair, but I tend not to like doing it except for on a few characters because it ends up all lookinbg basically the same.

Which could be one reason I like drawing anthro birds; they don't need hair  '<img'>
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2004, 06:35:48 am »
That looks like SilentKnight's work.

This is a good example of what I meant with drawing the large sections first. If you look at the bottom left sketch, you can see there are four parts: the hair on the top, the two strands on the side of the face, and the hair that covers the back of the neck. They are outlined with rounded zig-zag lines with lots of variations, to give the impression of lots of hair without drawing every individual hair. I suggest you first concentrate on this. '<img'>
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2004, 09:45:17 am »
I've found it easiest to draw the head first, making sure that the skull is correct (it looks odd when the character has hair too low since the head looks too short) then decide where to put a parting and how the hair is going to flow then draw light lines flowing in the correct direction, building up gently and keeping a fluid motion. It's best to draw too long hair which you can shorten with an eraser than trying to tack on extra length.
At least that's the way I generally do it. ':cool:'
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2004, 06:21:46 pm »
I dunno if this'll help, but.....

When I draw "realist" hair, I actually draw the hair first, ink it and put the face in after.

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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2004, 10:28:44 pm »
Eh, I'm still confused on by strands through. I know what a strand of hair is... but I am having a hard time imagining it on paper.

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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2004, 07:20:20 am »
Have you already tried to copy the bottom left step of the tutorial?  Let's see what you got. '<img'> You can also look at the work of other artists, and if you see a hairdo you like, try to copy it in the same way (so don't draw the hairs themselves, just the outlines).

Don't worry about copying from others at this stage. After a while, you'll see it becomes easier to translate your own imagination to paper.
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2004, 09:15:12 am »
I wonder if you suffer from the same thing that I do.  I tend to want every line to be the finished product.  Once I realized that I can erase or cover up what I don't like (use a good eraser) it became easier.  

And practice practice practice.  Find works you like and try to duplicate them.  It has helped me a lot.
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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2004, 06:28:23 pm »
Of course practice, practice helps but I shall post waht I get this weekend. '<img'>

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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2004, 07:05:28 pm »
OK, drew a quick scribble-tutorial to see if I can help. The parts of the image in red are the parts that are being talked about in each part.

<a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/Kitsuken/hairtut.jpg">Image here</a>

1) the head without any hair

2)This image shows the hairline of the head. Hair folicles (sp?) grow anywhere above this line (keep in mind though, this is an approximation. Some people have higher hairlines than others. Also I'm ignoring facial hair, this is only dealing with )

3) This image shows the hair added. The hair is growing out of points on the scalp above the hairline. the direction of the hair can depend on how it's styled, but in the end it will always try to follow gravity (unless styling wax has been used or it's a dragonball Z character) Hair will tend not to stick straight out, especially not long hair. In the case of short hair, sometimes it will stick out because of the direction of the hair folicles, but it won't get far before it starts falling again.

anyway, hope this helps you a bit. I knwo it seems a bit fast going from bald to haired, but it is a pretty straight forward step.

Oh yeah, and you really should do studies from reference too to get it right '<img'>

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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2005, 04:10:25 am »
Cool, someone's using my thingy =^.^=

Here's some other examples of hair, while we're at it:

(Not all of these are furry, but then not all of what I draw has fur! Hair is hair, regardless)

Extremely sketchy hair - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/SilentKnight2000/ATH1.jpg

More extremely sketchy hair - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/SilentKnight2000/WCG1.jpg

Not quite as sketchy hair - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/SilentKnight2000/BL1.jpg

Simple hair with pretty shading - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/SilentKnight2000/GK1.jpg

Finished hair - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/SilentKnight2000/Theme1.jpg

More finished hair - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/SilentKnight2000/MA1.jpg

Even more finished hair - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/SilentKnight2000/SKDae1.jpg


And a few pictures of my fursona, who has the most adorable hair ever...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/SilentKnight2000/SKF1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/SilentKnight2000/SKF4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/SilentKnight2000/SKF5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/SilentKnight2000/SKF6.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/SilentKnight2000/SKF7.jpg



Basically all of the hair I do starts as sketchy hair and moves to finished hair in bunches and clumps. I'll work on around the face first, then move out and finish off the tips, working towards the crown of the head.

Hair is really one of those things that you cant exactly be taught. It's more something you have to learn to feel for yourself, since it's a very flowing and emotional sort of thing.

My best advice to you is - try stuff until it works. Think "I want to draw short spikey hair" or something, and then try it. If you screw up, try again...until it works. Then try something else.

After about three thousand or so attempts, you'll have something pretty decent. How do you think I got to where I am? And I still have so far to go...  '<img'>

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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2005, 06:30:40 pm »
Depending on the type of hair, and level of detail you want, hair can be quite difficult. It seems to actually pay not to attempt to do it stand by strand, from my experience. Try to just draw the overall shape of what you want, and if you're happy, perhaps then begin to add more detail.
Good luck with it, though.