Step-by-step: Paint manga-style hair in sec­tions

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I some­times sketch out the bald head un­der­neath be­fore­hand, to give my­self a rough in­di­ca­tor of where to es­tab­lish the hair­line. I al­ways try to draw hair in thick masses, tak­ing note of the point of ori­gin: in this case it’s roughly the top left of his scalp. I drop the sketch layer’s Opac­ity and use it as a guide to paint un­der­neath on a new layer. I treat each sec­tion as a clump of hair, rather than sin­gle strands. Clumps cre­ate shad­ows over oth­ers; I play around with this, and make sure there’s enough vol­ume and cred­i­bil­ity. I use lighter val­ues of the hair’s base colour to add de­tails, such as thin­ner sec­tions of hair. This gives a more nat­u­ral look, while also giv­ing the im­pres­sion of be­ing slightly di­shev­elled. I add a thin, dark out­line, and deepen the shad­ows that the hair casts over the face to in­tro­duce depth.

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