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Hair Tutorial by llvlarxene Hair Tutorial by llvlarxene
This is "Strands, Shapes, and Gradients: A tutorial on drawing hair for the average vexel artist," but for the Deviation Title, I just wrote "Hair Tutorial" for searching purposes.
The hair used in the tutorial is from "Carefree:" [link]
I wanted to add a preview image for this deviation, but uh...I didn't know how. How do you add a preview image for a JPEG?

I'm not an expert on vexels or anything, but I felt like making a tutorial, so here it is!

This tutorial was designed for Photoshop but with some modifications, it should be translatable to other programs. Also, I'm not very good at explaining things, so you can just look at the pictures if it's less confusing for you.

If you don't know how to use the pen tool, check out these tutorials:
[link] by ~turp for Photoshop
[link] by *milkbun for Illustrator
[link] by =MapleRose for Paint Shop Pro

For the first three steps-
To use Stroke Path (Photoshop), select a brush (I use "Hard Round" brushes for hair), draw the strand, right click, and select "Stroke Path." A dialog box should come up; make sure "Brush" and "Simulate Pressure" are selected.

If you're using a program that doesn't have stroke path or you just don't like it, you can also just draw out each strand manually with the pen tool. If you're using Illustrator, you can use a hair or lineart brush. My favorites are [link] by `ChewedKandi and [link] by ~jimro.

For the fourth step-
In my experience, it's best to draw the base layer from whatever you've vexelled so far. It's also best to zoom in while doing this.

For the fifth (5a to 5c) steps:
In Photoshop, gradients can be created by using the Gradient Tool on a selection or creating a shape and using the "Gradient Overlay" layer style; I prefer the latter.

For the sixth step:
I don't think I explained it very well, so if you still don't understand how to create clipping masks:
[link] by =Gopedhead for Photoshop
[link] by *melemel for Illustrator

As for how the rest of the vexel appeared magically, uh...maybe that's a better conversation for another day. =P

Alternatives:
[link] - "Desired Things" was influenced by two colors: teal and yellow. Each set of strands were of either one of the two colors set to a lower opacity. Also, instead of black to white gradients, I used teal to yellow gradients instead.

Anyways, I hope that this didn't make your head spin or anything. Thanks for viewing, and enjoy! :)
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:iconwilsonnera:
wilsonnera Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
muito bom vai me ajudar obrigado e bom trabalho
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:icontezzerp:
tezzerp Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Looks like a great tut!, I'm trying to create wavy or curly hair in ai, I hope this tut will help me to create it. Cheers big ears!!
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:iconpaatysanchez:
PaatySanchez Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very cool!
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:iconllvlarxene:
llvlarxene Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconvic7or-ma7heus:
Vic7or-Ma7heus Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
I love the fact it works really well with vectors
! Thank you very much! Really well done.
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:iconllvlarxene:
llvlarxene Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! I'm glad you liked it. :)
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:iconthewayur:
thewayur Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Student Artist
VERY COOL,,,
THANKS FOR THE TUT,,:)

BUT
WHY MY SCREEN SO SMALL....????? :p
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:iconllvlarxene:
llvlarxene Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!

Hmm, what do you mean?
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:iconthewayur:
thewayur Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Student Artist
m mean its horizontaly tut, mostly i met vertical tut.. got it?
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:iconllvlarxene:
llvlarxene Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh okay, i see what you're saying...i guess i just felt like making it that way. :P
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:iconvexelove:
vexelove Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Hi! Your tutorial is featured in our journal!
[link]
:D
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:iconthewolfladytala:
TheWolfLadyTala Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student Writer
Looks.
So.
Hard.
D:
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:iconllvlarxene:
llvlarxene Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not necessarily hard, it just takes a lot of patience. xP
and thanks for the fav (or collection add, whatever) as well! :)
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:iconthewolfladytala:
TheWolfLadyTala Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Student Writer
haha no problem ;P
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