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The Braiding Reference by Tim Von Rueden (vonn): www.facebook.com/vonn.art
This week I've been working with learning the different techniques artists use to create the braided pattern, as I found out there were many. Rather than only choosing one, three examples of the process were included in this Braided Reference resource that was created to help out with creating your own braids. As noted, the ones with the "X" above them aren't wrong, just inaccurate. In comics, manga, animation, or any media that relies on quick paced results, braids that are simplified are often used, hence why they are not wrong.

The different ways to create the braid are as follows

  1. Repeated Shape - Create that shape with three pointed corners and a smooth one, and repeat it down the line while mirroring the shape on the opposite side.
  2. Zig-Zag Pattern - First draw a tight zigzag going down the line you want the braid to fall on. Then create a curved line going upwards until you meet with the "stopping point"
  3. Curved Live - I would consider this one the most difficult but it's when you draw a curved line in sequence and then repeat it on the opposite side, not mirrored, but slightly higher or lower. Finish it off with the zigzag going down the center to connect the two!

Lastly, it's important to note that the braided pattern can be used for more than just hair. You can see the pattern in weaponry, armor, tiles, and within various other patterns. It's not just for girls either. If you look at even newer fantasy movies like the Hobbit, both the dwarves and elves are lavished with braids intermingled in their hair.

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hs11-art Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
How would a hair-braid look from the side? (assuming the example in tour tutorial is seen from the "front")
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Cupric Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I faved this already some time ago, but I have to repeat - I just heckin' love this tutorial, it's my go-to whenever I draw braids :happybounce:
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BonBons-Qoops Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2018  Student
Yeah sure
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LeviaStar237 Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! I've been looking for something like this! :D I love braids but I just don't know how to draw them. ^^;
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Kira-The-Fox-1794 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tend to use the rightmost style in "not wrong, just inaccurate"
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weeya1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Thank you so much! For the longest time, I’ve been using the inaccurate one. I knew it was the wrong way to draw, but that’s how I went with
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KawaiiPrincess64 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
one thing that does consern me is what if the braid is curved or bending at an angle?
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pokemonsonicgirl123 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually just make a curved line of action and do the steps in this.
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Ascoutnoonelikes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
because of this, I shall make a new character with a braid. Or just give one of my already existing characters a braid.
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KamiJoe22 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!
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69thanatos69 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Awesome 
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Salab-Jibvoh Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018
As someone who designed my own character with plaits (as we call them in Australia, pronounced "plats"), I must say, thank you for uploading this! I'm sure it'll come in handy someday. ;)

I personally use the repeated shape technique, though I think I might try the zig-zag pattern at some point, to better suit my cartoonish style.
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LaffyTaffyTori Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018
I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH
I HAVE HAD YEARS OF TROUBLE MAKING A BRAID AND ALL OTHER TEMPLATES I FOUND SHOWING HOW JUST CONFUSED ME AND???
THIS HELPS??
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InsidePixelBox Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
Nice & easy. Hope this 'll be handy when needed. La la la la 
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benltolte Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
Oh! This is amazing! Thank you very much. I've bookmarked this for further reference.
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prickly-plant Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
this is very helpful
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F3M1N15M Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Helpful! Thanks!
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ISuckAtDrawing04 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
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benltolte Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
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Goldencookiethief Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
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AlimonyOfContrary Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what
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GensokyoLogic Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks mate
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nerupuff Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I've been trying to draw braids for some time with difficulty but this is ultimately a good reference and will be a great help!
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GabyCoutino Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome

Thanks 
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Chestash Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing tutorial!
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Kento-Riku Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Student Digital Artist
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Beyworld101 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
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Spartannr1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Student Digital Artist
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ISuckAtDrawing04 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
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benltolte Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
You are fake.
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kawaiikat16 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much! I need a lot of help with braids
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Kazena-Shay Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
Thanks for uploading this, it's really helpful. I never got Braids right...
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Animaltamer7 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very nice and helpful! 
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SamanthaTorres12348 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
Really nice!
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theonyx72 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
Thanks!
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Black-White-10 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Sweet! :)
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ThomBol Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Student Digital Artist
awesome! now I just have to practice this for one of my characters
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DissidiaVI Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice one
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PINKIEPIESYAAAAAAAAY Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!
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ZhanLong Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
Jesus CHRIST, that's handy!
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Arshehremen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
I painted such pigtails when I was 10 years old, there is nothing easier
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SuperSiri Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I actually do the curved line one! it helps with movement. ^^
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RainbowAsylum-RS8J Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Student General Artist
God bless you 
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isadoramedinaa Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
wow very good, thank you
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IIMoonWalkerII Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Talk about perfect timing. I've been working on a group picture for my D&D group and having a Dwarf and Monk means braids of beard and rope are everywhere. Thank you so much All Might V Icon 
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WinterTheWolf15 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
This is very helpful! Thanks for creating it!
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Kekoa-Noe Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
So helpful Thanks!
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