This tutorial about how to color hair comes from YouTube sensation, Baylee Jae, and her new book with IMPACT, Draw and Color the Baylee Jae Way.
The fun part about coloring hair is giving it texture to make it look like strands of hair. They key is to create tapered strokes in the direction the hair falls. Work from light to dark, and don’t overdo it by adding too many strands of hair.
Materials you’ll need:
- Black fine-line pen
- Copic markers: BV08, RV10, V01,V15, V17
- HB pencil
How to Color Hair
Step 1: Lay the Base Color
Using V15 as the base color, fill in most of the hair in tapered strokes. Have the strokes follow the direction of the hair. Make sure to leave white space for the highlights.
Step 2: Color in the Highlights
Use the lightest colors, RV10 and V01, to fill in the highlights. Blend these colors into the base color using the feather blending technique.
Step 3: Add Shadows
Fill in the shadows with V17, once again using tapered strokes. Blend in some areas using the base color, but leave some strokes unblended to give it the texture of hair strands.
Step 4: Deepen the Shadows
Use an even darker color, BV08, to add some finishing touches. Darken where the hair parts, the section that goes behind the neck and areas where locks of hair overlap.
There you go! Now you’ve learned how to color hair just like Baylee Jae. This technique can easily be applied to any color or style hair for your characters.
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You can find this tutorial and more in Baylee Jae’s book, Draw and Color the Baylee Jae Way. It’s available now!
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