What’s a sim­ple way of de­pict­ing sun-drenched hair?

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Mark Till­man, US

Elena replies

I of­ten use the free Paint Tool SAI to cre­ate my art. The pro­gram’s Stan­dard brush is ideal for de­pict­ing hair. You can also choose the Cir­cu­lar brush, which is de­signed for paint­ing hair and wool, but I pre­fer the Stan­dard brush, be­cause it gives me more free­dom.

I draw on one layer, over which I cre­ate sev­eral lay­ers with light ef­fects. When you paint hu­man hair, don’t for­get that it fol­lows the shape of the head and has vol­ume. I care­fully do all my strokes along the hair­line.

I start to paint with a Soft brush, and then move onto harder and thin­ner brushes. Where sun­light hits the hair, it re­sults in a strong speck of light and re­veals the hair’s many shades. It’s not nec­es­sary to draw ev­ery strand of hair. In­stead, lay down a suit­able foun­da­tion on to which you later draw a few strands and stray hairs.

Con­sider the ef­fect of glare on hair. Us­ing an Over­lay layer cre­ates an in­ter­est­ing ef­fect of white soft spots. I also add shades of hair on the face, and drop shad­ows over the fore­head from the char­ac­ter’s bangs.

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