What’s a simple way of depicting sun-drenched hair?
Mark Tillman, US
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.