I’m hav­ing trou­ble com­ing up with orig­i­nal hair styles for my fig­ures. Help!

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Jan­ice d’Arcy, US

Naiha replies

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.

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