I’m having trouble coming up with original hair styles for my figures. Help!
Janice d’Arcy, US
The best way to approach fun hairstyles is to paint silhouettes. These silhouettes are a great way to develop new and crazy hair styles! This is because they give you a certain freedom when it comes to painting. Nothing’s defined at this stage and your brain can simply detect patterns that you can reinforce as you paint.
I start off by drawing a random squiggle, which is essentially a single solid colour to which I can add to or reduce, depending on what I want. Then I start cutting away at it to establish where the face will be. Once this is done I move on to adding some lighter solid colours to create some negative space in the hair. These usually turn into bands and hair ornamentation further down the face. At this point I experiment with a lot of options until I’m happy with what I want. This is a flexible method that enables me to convert the hairstyles to suit any theme I want to go with.
It’s always helpful to have a folder where you can store all the cool hairstyles you come across online. This not only gives you a lot of information on how hair styles works, but can also inspire you when inspiration is temporarily lacking.
A quick silhouette helps me develop the hair style of this fantasy character.
These silhouette experiments generate creative options for adjusting hair around the head.