Are you a 2D or a 3D character artist? Do you prefer Photoshop, ZBrush, or XGen? No matter what camp you belong to, we've got you covered.
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Real-Time Hair Tutorial + Example Model
Probably every aspiring artist is looking for a chance to learn some workflow tips from professionals who've worked in the industry for some time. Adam Skutt's Hair Tutorial is a great chance for character artists to peek at his work habits. He's currently working as a Senior Character Artist at Epic Games while in the past, he contributed to such titles as The Order: 1886 and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.
Adam's pack includes a tutorial that covers an adaptable non-destructive workflow for hair textures, plus the rest of the files - the hair model, all the textures and the Marmoset scene. With it, you'll learn how to:
- create hair primitives in XGen
- tune the hair shader
- render the hair in Arnold
- set up cards
- create materials in Marmoset
Hair Tutorial in ZBrush
If your heart is with sculpting and Pixologic tools, here's a tutorial for hair creation in ZBrush made by another professional Character Artist Vincent Ménier.
Through real-time sculpting video with Vincent's comments you'll learn how to:
- create support meshes
- generate hair strands
- create loose strands
- add flow
- create buns
- work on eyebrows and eyelashes
Hair Brush Pack + Timelapse Video
Svetlana Tigai is an active contributor in the character art community and the owner of a fabulous portfolio. To share her knowledge, she created this pack that contains 13 unique Photoshop brushes for hair as well as a timelapse video following the production of one of her characters (you can watch it either at real-time or increased speed).
Unfortunately, the video doesn't have commentaries, but the pack does have some WIPs included. And by the way, there's a 30% discount that will work for the next 24h!
Hair Painting Tutorial
Antony Ward is an experienced character artist with a distinguished personal style. In his female portraits, there's always a flow of graceful lines, eyes draw attention like magnets, hair has a touch of incredible softness. This tutorial is created for those who want to study Antony's art and see how he paints hair in Photoshop.
Here, you'll find a set of brushes utilized by the artist, videos covering the process with commentary, and the .psd file. While brushes will obviously suit Photoshop users only, the techniques shared in the tutorial are all-round and can be applied in other programs.
Here's the preview:
How To Draw Hair (Anime Style)
Are you a fan of anime and would like to create your own anime characters? This tutorial might help you to learn how to work on the hair in this style. Mitsu's pack contains an almost 2h fully commented tutorial that covers the drawing, coloring and polishing process with Photoshop brushes and a .psd file.
If you like to study sped-up production of illustrations (especially anime characters), you might also like to check out Mitsu's Youtube channel.