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Hair Tutorial

This is the tutorial that so many of you have request for, this is a step by step on how I paint my hair in my paintings. I have used Clara’s beautiful face from my painting “Clara from Journey to the centre of the Tardis (below)” I have removed all of her hair and have painted without any references Clara with blonde hair in a style that came to my head. I wanted to show you all just how easy it is to paint volume realistic hair.

With my Eye, Nose, Mouth and ear tutorial, you can learn to do a realistic face to paint the hair on but I have also included a template from my Clara painting without any hair so you can download it and follow my step by step method and paint the beautiful hair yourself.


Please feel free to download the bust of Clara to practise on, I would love to see your interpretations.

I hope you all like this one :) If you have time please leave a comment, fav it or add me to your Watch list.
I hope that you can take a little something from this :squee:
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lauraypablo's avatar
such a beautiful step by step :heart: thanks for share dear!!!:rose:
jht888's avatar
Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I'm so please that you like how I paint :clap:
jht888's avatar
Thank you and I'm so sorry about the very late reply :bow:
BigBoomer101's avatar
freakishly realistic hair O.o thank you for this tutorial
jht888's avatar
Thank you so much for that Big B, I'm so happy that you find this useful :bow:
HilaHGP's avatar
it's really helpful, thanks! (and it's also very weird to see Jenna Coleman  with blond hair)
jht888's avatar
You're welcome and thank you for commenting :happybounce:
Nahemia's avatar
great tutorial :)
random question: do you always pain with a black background or you just put it for the tutorials?
jht888's avatar
I started doing the paintings on black backgrounds to start with because its easy on my eyes and it just stuck now with everything I paint. Glad you like it, thank you :happybounce:
NeycuuRose1's avatar
and i wonder how this was done. :| 
jht888's avatar
I hope this helps you out :D :happybounce:
NeycuuRose1's avatar
I could say it would help anybody else out, but i don't really understand it though, 
gamage-inbox's avatar
wow. thank you for sharing :)
jht888's avatar
You are ever so welcome, thank you :bow:
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:wow: Thank you so much, I'm so honoured :squee:
Zackaran's avatar
omg thank you :D i have so much trouble with hair ._.
jht888's avatar
You're very welcome, I'm glad that you can get some tips off this tutorial and others :happybounce:
Narumo's avatar
I'm all for beautiful hair (I have a more animesque style, though) :)

Do you have a Part 1, or a start of some kind for the series? Do you list the tools (program, type of brushes) used somewhere?
jht888's avatar
I first started these tutorials with the eye tutorial, then the nose, followed by the mouth then the hair and lastly the ears (links in the description above) but I will be covering more bits in the future like blending, textures, hands, body etc.
I use Photoshop CS5 and the main brush I use is the standard soft brush which is for 95% for all my paintings. I use the soft brush for near enough everything from skin, hair, clothes absolutely nearly everything as I am self taught and I like to keep everything really simple. I never use the BLUR or SMUDGE tools and never use any MASKS either. I just wanted to show everyone that realistic panting can be achieved using the most simple brush and practise.

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment :bow: :clap: 
Narumo's avatar
Thanks for the explanation :) It's interesting to see other methods of painting step by step.

And you're welcome.
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