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    Advice required: Painting hair.

    Hi I've decided to attempt something a bit more ambitious as a surprise present for my friends birthday in July. A triple portrait of his kids.

    I've started with the eldest, Ella and am quite pleased with the results so far.

    I've mostly used the spray brush and watercolour brush so far. Every time I attempt the hair, I am less than satisfied.

    Ella has beautifully fine and long ginger hair, and it's her defining feature without a doubt.

    Any advice on how to approach this would be greatly appreciated.

    The WIP...
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    Hi Swede! This is looking great so far! I did a short tutorial on hair using the crayon tool. You can find the tutorial here

    http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...ad.php?t=26311

    Let me know if you need further input and keep us up to date on your progress. Good Luck!
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    Thankyou very much Sketch. It will help me massively. It's always the thing I struggle with the most.

    I will post my progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swede View Post
    Thankyou very much Sketch. It will help me massively. It's always the thing I struggle with the most.

    I will post my progress.
    Awesome, hope it helps! I would also suggest blocking in at least some sort of background on a layer under the child before you start on the hair. This will help you determine proper values withing the hair. A lot to do with painting hair is what surrounds the hair.
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    Thanks. A big help.

    Still tons of work to do, but I'm pleased with the way the hair is starting to look.
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    There you go...lookin good!! It's preference on style but if you want to get rid of the crayon texture you can change the roughness of that layer to 0% and it will give you a solid crayon line instead of a textured broken one. Either way looks good it just depends on what type of look you are going for. I would probably go with 0% roughness in this case since the texture of her face is smooth. Either way, this looks great!
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    Thanks for the great advice Sketch.

    I though I did set the roughness to 0% but all I actually did was set the background canvas roughness to 0%. I realised after your post that you could set the texture for each layer! Nice!

    Anyway I've decided to get this done for 9th April when we next see them (rather than July). So I've got a nice short (for me) deadline with around 1-2 hours per day to crack on with it....

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    Argh! Couldn't help myself.... have to go to bed now...

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    You are doing very well with this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by barnburner View Post
    You are doing very well with this...
    I agree with Mike! This is looking awesome. Love the tones you are using in her hair, almost a sunlit look! Keep us updated!
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