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Drawing Hair: The Do's and Dont's by Puffleduck Drawing Hair: The Do's and Dont's by Puffleduck
A simple tutorial full of Do's and Dont's.

These are things I commonly see, and how to improve them.

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MissFluttershy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
'Don't make your hair flat, you're drawing hair not a helmet' I think there can be exceptions. My hair is extremely thin and therefore it's flat against my head. xD I understood what you meant though.
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Puffleduck Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My hair used to be that way, so much so that it couldn't even hold a hair clip, but even then it never looked like a helmet. While it was thin and had no curl to it whatsoever, it still lifted away from the sides of my face and back of my head where it hung down. In other words, dry hair, under normal circumstances, will never stick to your head and look like you're wearing a hat when you aren't. :)
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SwordStitcher Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
*raises hand* Guilty blur and squiggler here. The tips are useful, even to a studying hobbyist like myself (AKA: The worst kind of artist.) I have read that doing so is disastrous, but seeing the effects, I can definitely tell you, you've done what my school art teacher and hundreds of tutorials could not do, No more blur for me!
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Puffleduck Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Glad I could help :D
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wei-en Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Good God, it's about time somebody said something about the see through hair and airbrush highlights. And though it's not exactly a hair problem, a marker for an amateur is when they draw the side fringe without first drawing the eye that goes under it, and the place where the eye is supposed to be is left with smooth flesh...I see it around quite a bit. Why? Can't they see how wrong it looks?
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Puffleduck Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well, all those things, like you said, are how beginning artists typically draw. The airbrush highlight is simply easy to do, and that's why they do it. I was guilty of it years ago. I would also leave the eye underneath the hair sometimes, because I'd think "I drew a really awesome eye, and I want people to see that" , so I would leave it visible, even though it looked totally weird. I figured since others did it, I could too. Just the opposite is true for the no eye thing. Beginners will sometimes draw fringe-y hair down in the face of their subject, specifically over an eye, if they can't get the eye they are trying to draw to match the one they've already done. Hope that clears it up :) Think of the people doing this as toddlers in drawing, they're still taking the first steps towards learning to take in the way the real world looks and how to reflect that in their art.
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ToAtoneArt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Not bad at all! :3
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Puffleduck Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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ToAtoneArt Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Writer
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heartbeatangel7575 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was most helpful and informative. Thanks so much! :D
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Puffleduck Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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MapleSunrise Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Looks awesome :)
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Puffleduck Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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eternalJonathan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like your lessons, there very informative
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Puffleduck Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Why thank you :iconblush--plz:
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LemonsSonoNeko Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There is a few valid points here. But also a few things which depends on an artists visualisation.

Like the 2 second panels, Some artists like to show the eye, it's not really a do nor don't, it up to the artist to choose whether or not to show it.

Plus the top 2 panels, depending on how you was showing it, I like to use spiky hair on certain characters. Also, Spiky jagged hair was used alot in the anime YuGiOh, again, it depends on the artists visualisation.

But good pointers none the less :)
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Puffleduck Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is for natural/real hair.

So while these aren't always true for crazy anime-esque styles, they are for realism or anything of the like. :aww:
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Kamhi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very useful indeed~ <3
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XxGalaxy-KittenxX Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this! ;u;
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Puffleduck Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! :meow:
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MistyLittlePaws Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
;w;
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Ink--Beast Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice pointers 8D
I'lll be sure to follow them~
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Puffleduck Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
And good luck :)
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Sody-Pop Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SO HELPFUL. thank you for making this QuQ
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Puffleduck Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome :iconblushthanksplz:
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Broanna Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I kinda already knew this but okay. ;3
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