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How to Draw Hair in Autodesk SketchBook App

How to Draw Hair in Autodesk SketchBook App

You've probably wanted to draw hair well with the SketchBook App.

The shadows and highlight lines of the hair are detailed, and many people may not know how to draw them.

The hair color of the anime is very simple and the shadows are clear.

On the other hand, it is necessary to blend skin color and hair color when it comes to real people.


How do you blend colors?

Some people may think that.


Before drawing this illustration, I made a format that blends the colors of the skin and hair.

If you are referring to a color illustration, you can use a Color Picker function to take that color and paint it directly.

However, if you have a black-and-white photo or are not good at blending colors, it is convenient to create a format that blends colors.

If you want to know more about the blending method,

please check the related article.


When I painted the color, I created the base color of each part of the person by dividing it into layers.

You can paint all the colors on one layer.

Each person has their way of painting.


However, I separated the colors to prevent them from sticking out and mixing with other parts.

So how do you separate the colors into layers?

If you want to know more about how to paint the base color,

please check the related article.

SketchBook is the best app for drawing more realistic people than anime illustrations.

So, in this article, I will explain how to apply hair realistically!

If you want to check the contents of this article on YouTube,

please watch this video.

Roughly apply a bright color

If you want to know how to draw a person,

please check the related article.

First, select the color part with the Magic Wand so that the color does not protrude.

Magic Wand in Autodesk SketchBook App

The location of the Magic Wand tool is here.

By using this function, the color will not protrude from the selected range.

Next, apply the bright part of the hair.

Use the Color Picker function to select the bright areas of the hair.


Where is the Color Picker function?

If you think so, please refer to these images.

Color Picker function in Autodesk SketchBook App

Color Picker function in Autodesk SketchBook App

One thing to keep in mind when you use this function is that the tapped area is not necessarily the color of your choice.

When you use it, it will display the selected color.

It disappears when you release the pen or finger, so hold down and select the color you want.

I recommend applying the color roughly first and then the color finely.

That's because SketchBook doesn't have a layering feature, so if you paint the same area over and over again, it will overlap and blur.

To prevent this, if you start with a rough color, the fine colors will not be blurred.

Draw highlights many times

Once it's roughly painted, it's time to add some highlights.

Draw highlights with a clear brush like a "Fountain Pen".

At this time, please be aware of the flow of hair when you draw.

If you have a reference photo, paste it on a layer to reduce its transparency.

And if you draw according to the highlights of the photo, you can draw more natural lines.

I can't draw the lines neatly!

If so, please try using a "Predictive Stroke" with the menu bar above.

Predictive Stroke in Autodesk SketchBook App

There is a problem that this function tends to become a straight line as the level is raised.

However, you don't have to draw bumpy lines.

Once you've finished drawing the highlights, use a "Flow Airbrush" to blur the whole thing.

You can express soft colors by blurring with the airbrush.

If you want to blur finely, a "Smudge Pen" is recommended.

Use the Smudge Pen to blend the color boundaries.

Once that's done, redraw the brighter colored highlights with a fountain pen.


In my case, I have repeated this process three times.

By layering similar highlight colors, you can make the hair more realistic.

Paint the shadow color of the hair

Use a Flow Airbrush to roughly apply the shadow area of ​​the hair.

Next, draw the shadow of the hair with a clear brush like a Fountain Pen following the process of the highlights.

By drawing fine shadows on the hair, you can express the luster of the hair.

Please draw the flow of hair while referring to the layer of the photograph that you referred to.

The shadow color of the hair is applied less often than the highlights.

It is also good to express with only an airbrush without drawing the shadow of the hair.


I think the most important thing in coloring hair is the color of the highlights.

The reason is that by spending time coloring the highlights, you can create illustrations with various impressions.

If you want to draw a high-impact illustration, you may try adding a completely different fluorescent color to the highlights.

In recent illustrations, illustrations that add flashy fluorescent color as an accent color are popular.

So, if you feel confident in drawing an illustration, try using a fluorescent color!

Adjust the color of the hair

Finally, use Flow Airbrush or Fountain Pen to adjust the color.

If you get the color you want with the airbrush first, you probably don't need to adjust the color at the end.


But in the end, everyone should look at the color and want to adjust it!

After painting with the Flow Airbrush, the Fountain Pen lines became blurry, so I repainted them.


Also, I use the airbrush to add a color that is completely different from the color of the hair.

It may be a hair color that cannot be a real person.

Even so, if you put it in with an airbrush, it will be a very impressive illustration!

You can also use a smudge brush to blur the hair for a more realistic hairstyle.

The strength of SketchBook is these smudge-type brushes, so try blurring the colors to create a more natural illustration.


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