Artist Q&A

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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.

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