Before I get into this tutorial on coloring red heads, I just wanted to remind everyone we have a Design Team Call going on! Check it out here.
This is part three of the series on hair color selection that we’ve been working on. We’ve also colored blondes and brunettes. By popular demand, I’ll be concluding the series with a post about coloring black hair. However, that didn’t fit in with my joke in the title bar.
So, let’s get started. Red hair is beautiful. My family is Scot-Irish, so I’ve had some great family photos to use as reference (My particular immediate branch of the family missed out on the red hair though). However, red hair tends to be interesting to try and color, especially if you’re trying to get it true to life. Too vibrant a red makes your coloring cartoony, too dark of a red makes it look too brown. I’ve come up with three color blends to act as guidelines.
First, here’s a cute little girl having a zen moment. I like her because well… it’s been several months since I’ve had anything close to resembling a zen moment myself. LOL
I have to be honest, I don’t know where this digi came from. I just ran a google search for girl hair digital stamps and there she was. Her hair is colored with Copic Markers R24, R27, R29, R59. Given that I used low saturation numbers, her red is pretty vibrant. I like this effect a lot as it gives her a cute, cartoony look. I haven’t actually seen anyone walking around with hair like this though… well… not since my sister’s first semester of beauty school.
Next up is a pretty flower girl, from the same Google search, not an original CMS image. I was extremely pleased with how her hair came out, as the shade exactly matches about 90% of my red headed family. Most red hair is actually orange-ish.
She was colored using Copic Markers YR14, YR 18, R24, R27. I set the orange tones down first and then blended the red in. I also found it helpful to “flick” the red into the orange for an easier blend.
Last up is the other 10% of my family (my cousins Debbie and Brianna of whose hair the rest of us are totally jealous of.) This is a CMS original stamp, it’s actually a sneak preview of our next digi set.
I like the over all shade of her hair in this image, Copic Markers E07, E09, R46, R89. It gives it a deep red color without having it look too brown. Confession, I was in a time crunch when I colored her, and I did not take the time to highlight her hair properly. Almost a sin, considering this is a tutorial on hair, right? I’m going to hopefully take another crack at her tomorrow and get her highlighted and gorgeous-fied.
I hope I’ve given you some good ideas for coloring red hair. Don’t be afraid to experiment with blends!
Here are the images I found on Google if you want a crack at them, except for the mermaid, which you’ll be able to grab when we release the next set. Free sentiment digis below.
<Edit: I apologize, the “Zen Girl” is actually named Ella, and did not come from a free tutorial as I had originally thought. If you like Ella, and would like to color her, please purchase her directly here: She is property of AI Factory, and I apologize to them for distributing their image without their permission. http://www.aivault.com/store/catalog/9744.html>
And here are some sentiments from our soon to be released set.