- Colour Prompts + Sidekick
- Colour Inspir-action
- How to make and use your own colour catalogue
- A guide to creating your ideal colour palette
- Journaling in monochrome
- Painting With Tissue Paper
- Finding Inspiration in the Process
- Using colour with more confidence
- How to give your figures colourful hair
- How to experiment with unfamiliar colours
- Colour symbolism around the world
- Paper marbling with Ink
- A guide to mixing your own colours
- Expressing yourself through colour
How to give your figures colourful hair
Hey Y’all, Katie here today to share a tutorial with you! As you know I love drawing and painting, and with it being the Season of Color, I wanted to share with you how I paint colorful hair on my portraits. I’ll be showing you how to use color tones, shadows, highlights, etc, to achieve a fun look!
You can watch my video to see my process and then I’ll touch briefly on some tips below that.
Painting Colorful Hair
- You want to have 3 shades of whatever color you’re using. Midtone, Highlight and Shadows.
- You can also use a black and a white to further deepen/brighten the shadows and highlights.
- The highlights show where the “light” would hitting the hair. I usually make sure to have highlights at the top of the head and bangs.
- The shadows are where the light does not hit. I usually put those around the neck, or under a large strand of hair. Don’t be afraid to add shadows, they will add depth to your hair.
- Hair is extremely flowy, so keep that in mind when drawing it. Even curly hair, while it can be crazy, it still flows.
- When using markers, start with the lightest color, then the midtone, and then add in the shadows, but be sure not to cover the highlights up completely.
- For watercolors, also start with the lightest color (the highlight color) and then make your way to dark. I do like to let the watercolors dry somewhat in between the layers, or they will completely pool together and you won’t have you individual shades. You can use a heat gun if you’re impatient at letting them dry.
- Watercolors always dry lighter, so if your paint looks too dark, know that it will lighten a little bit as it dries.
- When using acrylic paints, I prefer to start with the darkest color, and then go lighter with the midtones and highlights. I also like to work while the layers of paint is wet so I can blend it a tiny bit.
Try painting or drawing colorful hair in your journal this week! Even if you don’t want to draw, maybe try coloring over top of a magazine image?
Katie is an Artist located in Washington, USA. She loves anything and everything crafty- from scrapbooking and art journaling, to drawing, to quilting. Katie is constantly inspired by nature, outer space, and colors.