SOME TIPS ON PAINTED HAIR. THIS IS THE WAY I HAVE TAUGHT MYSELF
TO BE USED AS A GUIDE ONLY
I only use one thin fine brush with long hairs to paint with.
In the pics above I have used black Genesis paint only, but with dark and light strokes.
The secret is to get your paint consistency just right, not too thick or else the paint won't flow
off the brush and not too thin or you'll just get wet blotches.
The brush must have long hairs in order to hold the paint.
You should be able to paint a lot of hairs before refilling the brush
Getting the consistency of the paint right takes practice.
I use a flat glass plate to mix the paint so the brush can be rolled in the paint to coat the length
of brush hair, If you feel you have picked up too much paint then roll again on the clean side
of the plate
Painting hair is like doing a pencil sketch using quick but light thin brush strokes
First lay out your hair style marking the crown in the correct place and all your guide lines
Then start painting in a single area and work your way around the whole head.
Look closely at my pictures to get an idea of how its done
I work wet on wet without drying so the hairs can be blended in nice and smoothly
Below are some different examples of hair painting
Painting the hairs around the hair line
The hairs must be so thin and spidery, almost not there. The paint must be as dry as possible when doing this.. if the paint doesn't flow freely with every stroke, then just keep going, you might find there is still paint on the brush.....you don't want to have to refill your brush at this stage. If your brush does run dry then refill but start painting elsewhere on the head, where you have thicker hairs so you can first use up some paint, then when you feel there is less paint on the brush go back to the forehead and continue to paint your fine wispy hairs.
You will not be ready to go on to the next stage of painting hair unless you have mastered how to paint natural looking hairs, not stiff and straight ones, but short and wispy and fine. If you've got it right then you should also be able to move along quicker now. NOTE....A long strand of hair is never painted in one continuous line, but multiple short lines, joined together to form a long line. This looks more natural
Below is an unfinished demo head I use for my hair painting classes.... showing long strands of natural looking hair with a slightly 3D look
Below....... a slightly different style
A completed demo head used in my hair painting classes using 3 colours
Below.........Advanced hair painting
Partly painted Demo head showing the first guide line layers and the layers on top, which are carefully blended in together giving a contrast between black and white, to give a 3D look
1)....First learn how to lay out your crown and guide lines
2)....Learn how to paint natural looking hairs...this is the hardest part for the beginner
3).....Move on to different styles or patterning
4).....When you are able to do all the above you are ready to learn the advanced hair painting method which is painting in 3D.....it looks easy but its not as you need to understand where to leave the light tones showing through. I find this part hard to teach as the artist also needs to have an eye for it. However with practice this can be achieved.
Hoping all my tips have given you an idea as to what is involved in learning to paint hair
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