A while back I was mmh ruminating over chibi characters so I talked with Miamelly
and (while me and Rettie where digging up a base and sketching animations) Mia came up with a concept for a cyber-shaman that I may tackle:
The hardest part looked like it would the hair so I decided to try that first. I remember once discussing 3D hair (sorry forgot with whom) I suggested we might create strands then fit them using armatures and the comment was "good luck" [= =]"
While using armatures for hair may be a bit overkill I decided to try creating hair using the skin modifier.
For a first try and spending 2-3 hours top, the result is encouraging.The skin modifier
A- Create an object, say, a plane. Then knock off all but one side (so, start with an edge). Add the skin modifier.
B- We edit a wireframe, not a mesh. Skin works by creating a mesh around a wire. So, it creates pipes of sorts.
C- Add subsurf mod