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Hair Tutorial With Charcoal by disdaindespair Hair Tutorial With Charcoal by disdaindespair
Here's the hair tutorial I promised monthsss ago. This took a couple of hours to make so here's hoping it will help some people. Hit that download button to get a large, full view.

I used a charcoal pencil for this but you may also use graphite if you so desire but will have to mind the different grades. Though I must say charcoal is sooo much better-- I'm a total charcoal snob. Enjoy!

-- Meks
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:iconmary5793:
mary5793 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome! I hate drawing hair that I sometimes just leave it out to be a block around the head. lol. Anyway, thanks for this. Now that I have an idea how to do it, I'll try harder next time :-)
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Haha... hair is my favorite part of every portrait. It takes up a lot of room, it frames the face, and gives a lot of movement to the piece. I wasn't always great at drawing hair so I made it a priority to better myself. Good luck! :D
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Helenexo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you for your efforts.  Appreciated by many to be sure 
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw... thank you!
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dracostarhome Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
This tutorial is fantastic beyond words!!!!! I love how in depth you are, how detailed you make everything, and show your steps without bouncing ahead of the reader! thank you so much!

Your doing things, they never taught us in highschool!

I just discovered the tortilla method a few months ago and attempted it, but this is gonna help SO MUCH!

:love::heart::glomp:
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's nice to hear that these tutorials are handy because I spend a lot of time and preparation for them. I didn't take any art classes or had any formal training so I learned a lot from tutorials and books. I hate seeing vague tutorials or when the description is not precise-- it's like, why even bother making a tutorial if you don't want anyone understanding it? So I try my best to be very thorough and concise in my description and provide visuals for guidance. I appreciate your feedback. ;)
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dracostarhome Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
:worship: seriously, I love it.

"it's like, why even bother making a tutorial if you don't want anyone understanding it?" ~Totally agree!~
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KaterinaBelikova Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
frisket film, so that's the trick to keeping places the same shade for hair, it would make my life so much easier!
where do you get it?
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I love frisket film. I read about it from a book. Frisket film is used to mask off areas when air-brushing so a craft store that would carry any air-brushing supplies should have them. Body shops also use them to mask off parts like headlights/taillights when they paint their cars so you can probably even get it from a car detailing shop. I usually just order mine online in rolls, but you may also buy them in sheets. Another good alternative is magic tape. It has to be magic tape, no other. The only problem with magic tape is you're restricted to a small strip at a time, but it is just as effective.
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KaterinaBelikova Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazon.com or where?
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually just get mine on eBay, but I'm sure you can find it on Amazon.
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sergzosch Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so mach!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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goatcheeselady Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Thank you for your time and effort. Great job on your drawing also. I am a "self taught" artist, just starting out and really appreciate any info I can get.
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm also a self taught artist so I know how it is. I started doing video tutorials and posting them on Youtube if you're interested. :D
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KheeKhee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK U VERY MUCH!!!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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Helenexo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you for posting the tutorial on hair!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you find it useful! :D
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sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
This tutorial is amazing! easy to follow and understand.
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I hope you will find it helpful in the future. :D
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KevinContrerasArt Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Best hair tutorial out there!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Kevin! I would like to do a better one-- I'm not too satisfied with this one. :D
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KevinContrerasArt Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Maybe someday you can do one using graphite? :)
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm such a charcoal snob. I will never ever convert to graphite again. I only use my .3 2H mechanical pencil to do the outline and even then once I'm ready to lay down my charcoal I erase those lines off. You should really give charcoal a try-- it's amazing what it can do.
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KevinContrerasArt Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I bought some Derwent charcoal pencils and I tested them out and they're really smooth! :)
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a set of those and they're pretty rough on paper. I use General's Primo Euro and they are super smooth and they're not so rough on the paper so you can actually lift them up better when using your eraser or frisket film. Though give a run on the Derwents. That's just my preference. Once you get a hang of charcoal you will never go back to graphite, I promise you.
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KevinContrerasArt Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
But...I love graphite! I'll just use both ;)
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you tried carbon pencils? It's a blend of both graphite and charcoal-- so it has the hardness of graphite but the darkness of charcoal. They're pretty neat. I like my lead so soft it can crumble. Again, just my preference.
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anmeher Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Angelica! Hopefully it'll be somewhat helpful. :D
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anmeher Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is! :huggle:
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crochetamommy Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. this is awesome!! and totally helpful!! thank you for taking the time and showing how you do it! :)
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! That makes me happy that it is helpful to someone. Thank you! :D
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crochetamommy Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, i think it will help a lot.. im just now starting to get serious with trying realistic pictures.. i love them so much.. but i am really horrible at it....

~hazel
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never started off as a realism artist. I wanted to do bloody, horror drawings. Somehow I merged to realism portraits and I've been stuck there since. Maybe because I'm fascinated with faces? Don't know. Just keep practicing-- you'll only get better. ;)
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crochetamommy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks.. ive always loved looking at pictures drawn realistically.. but i love to draw mostly anime/manga.. but.. now starting to really want to draw other styles.. and i am starting to practice more and more.

thanks,
~hazel
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
That's a great tutorial! Great job on putting it together!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! You're so sweet.
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Nomad55 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow you really outdid yourself on this tutorial very well done yet again :D
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Roger. I tried to be as detailed and thorough as I can. I hate looking at tutorials where they're like oh you do this and don't really explain or show how to do it and I'm like umm.. alright?? If you didn't want to show or explain it, then why bother making a stupid tutorial that doesn't help at all?? If I'm going to share the wealth, then I'm going to share it as much as possible.
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Nomad55 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D I can totally understand I have seen many tutorials like that lol
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JGHettich Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this. There are some awesome techniques in there that I'm anxious to try. I struggle so bad and get frustrated when it comes to drawing hair.
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good, good-- thank you! I'm glad it gives a little nudge for people to want to spend more time on hair. I remember when I first started drawing and hair was a huge challenge for me so I made it my goal to try to make the hair as realistic as possible even if the rest of the face was jacked up haha.. It is a lot of work, but I think it's one of the biggest parts of a portrait that can determine if your drawing is great or not.
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Subhankar-debbarma Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its very helpful Meks! I can see how wonderfully these fristket films works. I will try one soon. There are plenty of new technique I have learned from this tutorial. Thanks a heap Meks :D
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Subh. Oh, how much I love frisket film-- I buy them in rolls of hundreds of yards at a time. You may also use magic tape (and it has to be magic tape, no other) if you have a hard time finding frisket film. I just like that frisket film comes in a large size rather than the small strip of tape. Try out some of the techniques and let me know how they go. :D
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Subhankar-debbarma Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha... hundred of yards of rolls?? That sounds crazy!! Well I will look for it in the Supermarkets but I am not really positive if they are available in the city.
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I buy them in rolls. If you can't find any let me know. I can send you a set of them. Trust me, you'll love them.
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Subhankar-debbarma Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a heap Meks!!! I am hoping I will be able to visit the supermarket this weekend to look for them. I will let you know :)
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool.. just let me know. :D
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