Advice from pro artists on anguish, hair, plein air, foliage, clouds, holograms and more.
Answer Michelle replies
I follow a simple step-by-step process that uses movement, shape, colour, lighting and texture. I first sketch the basic shape of the hair, keeping in mind both the movement and the basic form. Then I add more detail to the hair shape with line art to define the smaller hair groups. Next I add in the colour and lighting, using the basic three-dimensional shape to determine where the light hits it and where the shadows form.
Once I’ve added the basic lighting and colour, I use a hair strand brush to quickly add in realistic hair texture and detail on top of the hair groups, using white on a black Color Dodge layer on top of the hair. After this step is done I clean up the hair, by motion-blurring the hair tips and Gaussian-blurring areas to make them look more distant.
The finished artwork of Aya, her red and pink pigtails flowing behind her as she runs.