I’ve got some sentiment freebies at the end of this tutorial.
Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of form submissions off of http://www.copicmarkerscrapbooking.com asking for advice about coloring hair. So, I’ve decided to do a tutorial series on hair. First, I’m going to cover color selection. Since blond seems to be the shade that most people have trouble with, I’m starting there.
I figured it seemed appropriate to ask the girl with the most famous hair ever for help. Meet Rapunzel. She’s got A LOT of gorgeous blond hair. She’s also extremely popular in my house hold of female toddlers at the moment. So let’s explore ways to color Rapunzel, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Let’s start with ugly.
Here’s Rapunzel’s hair…. and it’s not blond, it’s YELLOW! Copic Markers Y11, Y15, Y17 and Y19 to be exact. That is one of the common mistakes people make when coloring blond hair. Unless a friend of yours got a bad dye job, there are very few people in real life walking around with yellow hair. Blond is much calmer than that. If you’re coloring Manga, or something you want to appear extremely cartoonish, yellow is ok. That yellow hair was so distracting I didn’t want to finish the picture.
Here’s Rapunzel again, looking a little better. Her hair is still in the yellow family, Copic Markers Y23, Y26, Y28 and E 41. As far as yellows go, this family of Copics isn’t very vibrant. I think it’s ideal for coloring cartoon blond hair, but it still isn’t true to life.
So let’s get this girl looking GOOD!
Here she is, with realistic blond hair. Most blond hair is just a very light shade of brown. In the case of Copic Markers, I used E40, E41, E42, E50. I’ll cover adding the highlights in another post. I actually used photos of my blond children to come up with this color blend. I would encourage you to play with the lighter earth tones to come up with a blend that suits your personal style.
I’ll be back in a few days with brunettes…. until then, if you want to give Rapunzel a crack, here she is. Click on her to make her bigger, then save her.
As promised, here are the sentiment freebies, they’re two versions of one of the best lines from Tangled.