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Tutorial: Painting Hair by Neemeister Tutorial: Painting Hair by Neemeister
I've frequently been asked about how I paint hair. The explanation is longer than could be given in a simple comment, so I decided to make a tutorial. I wanted to share some of the tricks and techniques I've discovered that have made the process so much easier and quicker than my previous methods when I first started working digitally. I'm still learning and developing my techniques, but this tutorial is what is at the core.

I use Painter (currently Painter X) but the methods decribed should easily translate to Photoshop (or any other Painting program that allows for customs brushes and has similar features.)

Hope you enjoy and find something useful. :)
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Martzart Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Thanks ,
I own painter 11 waiting on 13 to upgrade.
Clearly written tutorial.
JacquelineMonaie Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you!
Yuki-Moon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student General Artist
you are a god O.O much appreciated :D
BellaBlossom Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
great tutorial, i needed this ty
R-G-T-M Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student General Artist
i am having a hard time replicating your speckle brush. i tryed to cap dap and i also tried to edit the coarse spray in the airbrushes category and it still comes out very harsh and rake like with no soft fading or blending at all. do you know which airbrush you edited specifically?
lordinear Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eh..i have painter 11 and i cant find the hair brushes xD (kid)
do i have to create them or something? download idk T-T
oh btw this tutorial is like emm..

pippyboy Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
this was the best.
JJCheddar77 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010   General Artist
This is one of the most amazing hair tutorials I've seen. I thought I had seen them all until I cam across this. It has really helped me, and I'm definitely going to try it out. As of now, I suck at painting hair. :lol:

Thank you so much. :hug:
mydarkdecember Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Student General Artist
very helpfull... but how do i remember it all :'(
TheHef777 Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
hey exelent use of painter. i am new to painter (i have Painter 11) and was wondering how you made those specled brushes. please tell me
Neemeister Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Hi. thanks. I haven't tried Painter 11 yet ( I do have the demo though) so anything I say will be based on Painter X.

For the speckles, I used a Airbrush brush that had a varied and scattered spread (instead of a smooth stream) then adjusted it until I got a nice variety of speck sizes. To give me a lot of possible brush swatches to choose from, I laid down a good size area or specks. For a more controlled brush shape I also painted randomly spaced dots using any single marking brush tool.

Once I had a varied selection of specks/dots on the canvas, I used the selection tool (Rectangle) and chose a spot to select. In Brushes (I'm typing this from memory, so not sure on exact choices.) there should be a "Capture" option. Once you've captured the swatch to be your Brush pattern, open the Brush edit and play around with it. Make sure to save it when you're done as some other brush name or you may write over a default brush.
TheHef777 Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
ok which option do i select, capture dab or capture brush category?
TheHef777 Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the help, if i need any more tips on hair and fur, ill be sure to contact you
Pericles Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Very good tutorial and very helpful! :clap:
Velena-Gorosama Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
One of the best hair tutorials I've ever seen )
Epsilon86 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent Tutorial, you draw the hair very well!!
marmilla Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
Great tutorial! I can't wait to try it out.
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