Q&A: Beau­ti­ful hair

Kathleen Berkey, US

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Char­lie replies

When­ever I’m paint­ing hair, what­ever type or style it is, I try and think of it as a whole body of hair that moves and flows to­gether. Rather than try­ing to paint thou­sands of strands in­di­vid­u­ally, I pro­duce much bet­ter re­sults when I think about hair form­ing into sec­tions. Most types of hair (whether it’s straight or curly) will group to­gether and form these sec­tions that nat­u­rally rest to­gether. I’ve al­ways found it help­ful to think about hair be­hav­ing in a sim­i­lar way to fab­ric, in the way that it can rest over an ob­ject and fol­low the form of it, has a cer­tain weight to it and has a nat­u­ral flow. First, I sketch out the shape of the hair, think­ing about the sec­tions of hair and how they can rest to­gether. I add a brown colour for my mid-tone and then ap­ply lighter and darker shades for the shad­ows and high­lights. I then in­tro­duce shad­ows where the hair rests over it­self and would cre­ate a shadow. High­lights are in ar­eas where hair catches the light: the crown of the head, the braid where sec­tions of hair are pulled to­gether and on lots of the wavy sec­tions of hair. To fin­ish I paint in some finer strands.

You can paint beau­ti­ful types of hair in Pho­to­shop and they can be as real­is­tic

or stylised as you’d like.

I break the hair down into sec­tions and think of it in chunks to work out how the hair rests to­gether, as I’ve high­lighted here.

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