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Hair Walkthrough by agent-lapin Hair Walkthrough by agent-lapin
AGAIN SORRYS
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3.Not really fitting into the category<
HOPE YOULL EXCUSE ME


This isnt much of a tutorial, I'm just going to briefly explain & show my work process when coloring hair. Hope this is helpful, I realise it's almost like a full drawing walkthrough but I tried to concentrate more on the hair ok ;_; LOL


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^ Final

PLEASE FULL VIEW otherwise you wont see squat

1. Sketch
Probably quite selfexplanatory;; just sketch the hair vaguely - doesnt really matter if's neat or not. I tend to move things around, as you can see - tons of clips/hard edges everywhere cause I'm changing things so often. I had a problem with the face here so It's even messier than usual :c

2. Lineart
In a dark color than black I just line the sketch. I often end up changing a few things, as you can see on the left side of her hand/arm. I used to use those "red lines" (temporary lineart) for the hair strands/detail;; but recently I've stopped doing that because It would make the result look much flatter.
Later, I put the lineart on multiply with around 80% opacity

3. Base color
I went ahead and did everything apart from the hair. I usually color hair in last/near last anyway. I just fill the lineart with the lightest base color; usually quite saturated because the amount of blending done later will desaturate it a bit anyway.
I only use two colors - I then add the darker tone, which here is a purple. I do my best to stay away from those lighter-darker same color combos. Using SAI's marker tool I just progressively "mix" the two colors together by creating strands and such.
Sometime I use the airbrush tool to just add a bit of color (for example, here;; Pink/skin on the hair near the face; purple/pink on top and bottom of hair)

4. Blending
Here is where I do everything. This is litterally the longest step - if the whole process takes three hours, this takes about 2who hours and a half of that time. I'm sorry I cant explain it more that by just a single image ;_;
Once I finish coloring everything I Merge the lineart with the base colors, duplicate it, and start repainting over the drawing. There's nothing complicated to this - it's jsut time consuming. Taking SAI's brush tool, I just alternate between various colors of the hair + A darker blue/purple to blend in the lineart with the colors, and give the hair a bit more depth at the same time. Small areas like the bottom bits of the hair are the easiest, while larger areas like the bangs are kind of tedious to do. I dont like when you can see too many strokes of different colors (simply because it looks messy);; I rather a smoother look, which I personally find harder to do on large areas. Harsher lines, like for example the hair being pulled back, tend to be harder for me too since I usually just go with the flow? Hors here I have tocontrol more and I'm not good at that LOL.
When doing this try not to completley darken up the whole hair (something I tend to do when coloring blonde hair...)
This is all done on the same layer

5. Fixing up
Here's where I fix everything that didnt end up too good in the last bit - new layers with the marker tool, pass over those areas that are too dark, or not dark enough, or maybe too blue or too purple. (for example, I added more light strokes in the bangs of the hair, and darkened up the "back" of the hair that seemed too bright)

6. Strands
My hair tends to look quite "fix" at this point, so I go and add some looser strands, usually in places like the bangs and the sides of the face. This is done with the pen tool, and i just blend them into the existing hair by erasing the tips at low opacity.

7. Light
Either light blue + overlay or Light blue + luminosity/dodge/idk what it's called - I just add in strands with the pen tool, then use the eraser at low opacity to make the tips of these strokes softer/more blended into the drawing. Layer usually ends up near 10-20% Opacity

8. Shinies
Probably the funnest part ;_; using luminosity/dodge/etc or overlay, I just add in some small dots in the hair (and everywhere else actually) along the area where there is more shine~

9. Effects
Simply some fiddling around with layermodes (overlay; multiply; Screen) and colors (here, blue + pink) to attempt and make the colors be a bit more harmonized :c
I also sharpen on GIMP
the end :c
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:iconmoonlight270:
moonlight270 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
hey! i just wanted to thank you for the great tutorial :) i used it here moonlight270.deviantart.com/ar…
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh cool! No probs!
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Ros3WindN33dl3s Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow amazing it beautiful <3
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:iconkallisti-mcgregor:
Kallisti-McGregor Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student General Artist
This is the best hair tutorial i can find, except i dont understand how you did step 3.5?
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Swish back and forth blending? I dunno I really cant explain. I stroke up and down, there's nothing else to it
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kyonz0001 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i don't know how to blend the basic color and the dark color in part 3.5
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant teach you that. I've explained in the description, I dont know how to make it clearer than that
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:iconkyonz0001:
kyonz0001 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
okay..

btw, are those two based color and dark color on the same layer?
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes
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MaskedWereWolfDevil Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i would adore to see this in action, like a video or somethings. Because this is so gorgeous and I am highly jealous.
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here is my youtube channel, there are some speed edits there that might cover that www.youtube.com/user/AlexiaDes…
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MaskedWereWolfDevil Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow you put a lot of time and effort into your work i am highly impressed o u o
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Sushi-Cutie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So many steps... Pretty.^^
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Lovely--Lust Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student General Artist
This is incredibly helpful QAQ thank you for being amazing. 
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Yameo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That tutorial is pretty helpful, and clear, at least to me. 
Makes me want to try a few new things c:
Thanks for making it!
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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F-Xavier Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student General Artist
i'm sorry but i still don't quite get it how you have the lineart and suddenly the finished process look like as if you don't have a line art D'':

need help ;w;!

btw i really really REALLY love your drawing style :heart: :heart: !
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the lineart is merged early on and i start painting on the same layer for the whole rest of the process
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:iconf-xavier:
F-Xavier Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student General Artist
ah i see! thankyou very much! ;w;!
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GeeknGood Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how is this helpful?
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kiefers24 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013   General Artist
what is it called the brush or what type of brush?
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"brush" haha
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Neimeys Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
When you put the basic colors, you put them all in a single layer? (skin, hair etc..) And if yes, the lineart is above or below the colors? And then you merge with the colors and blend? :)

However thank you for this tutorial ^^
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All on a single layer now (at the point of this tutorial i colored each element seperatley)

lineart is above "base colors", and then they are merged to paint on
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PengiChan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
pengichan.deviantart.com/art/W…

i started doing yoru tutorial and ended up with this result!! i did this tutorial a long time ago but i figured i might as well drop my finished result here.
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooh cute~
Glad it helped you!
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PlungedintoLight7 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I don't get how you do that but it looks beautiful!
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ladywalwyn Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i agree with u 
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:iconamuupon:
amuupon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much, just what I needed!
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:iconj3nnt:
J3NNt Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you only use Sai to colour or photoshop too?
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dont have photoshop
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:iconj3nnt:
J3NNt Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, so entirely in PaintTool Sai? Neat, I just have a hard time trying to adapt to PTS because I use photoshop. Haha, I could use your pointers. Emote - Shy Wave 01 
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use gimp for sharpening too
+ i dont know anything about ps soo D;
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:iconj3nnt:
J3NNt Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
NEAT! :D
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:iconkioler:
kioler Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're AMAZING.
Could you maybe do(in future) "how to color skin tutorial" i would be very grateful ; u ;
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
& unfourtunately i dont really know what I do when I color skin haha just kinda fool around..
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:iconcute-heart:
Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
wow !
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moon-lotus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
do you change the color of the linerat before you merge tit with the base color  ?
and when I try to blend the colors with the brush at step 4 , it turns out pretty ...smudge-y ,ans still not well blended ...or the colors are too dark and desaturated....any advices?
oAo
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually change it to something dark but not pure black~
+ the more you blend the more desaturated things will look 3: i just spend time on it but try not to over blend
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bloodbendingyouth14 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Wow and you told me you were a bad teacher xD

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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i ammmmm
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18o5 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
bwahahaha. Like. THE ENTIRE THING.
I have no idea how you got form 3.5 to 4 xD

But this is amazingly beautiful, your art is so pretty!
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:c sorry!
+ Thanks
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crystalgrape Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is..so..amazing.. ))) What tablet model do you have? :3 
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bamboo pen&touch
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crystalgrape Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah okay, same here. :) 
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Sora-Arashi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the amazing tutorial! What are your brush settings on SAI though? I can never get mine to blend very well ;_;
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Check my FAQ!
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Sora-Arashi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thanks! I didn't see that c:
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