There’s a Blond, a Brunette and a Red Head (Part 4)

Ok, so today there aren’t any blonds, brunettes or red heads. However, as many of you asked for advice on coloring black hair, that’s what we’ll  be dealing with today. This series will have one more post about the technique of highlighting hair, and then it will be finished. As always, digi freebie at the end.

I found this image (it’s all one) at DragoArt. You can grab it there if you want to give them a shot.
You can see all of the Copic colors I used listed under each head. I’ve got a couple of pointers about coloring black hair:

1. Black hair isn’t always necessarily black.  It reflects and picks up the colors around it. Some common colors that black hair reflects are blue, violet and red. Some deep brown hair also appears black, so incorporating dark brown into your black hair will make it look more natural.

2. With all other hair types, you can get away with just adding shadows to your coloring. Black hair must have actual highlights or it will look dull and flat on the paper.

3. If you are coloring black hair, it’s best to color and shade the skin first. If you do it backwards like I did in the image on the upper right (see OOPS!), you might accidentally drag some of the black into the skin coloring and it is VERY hard to clean that up.

4.  Don’t be afraid of Copic Marker 100. Many crafters have told me that they’ve bought 100, used it once, became terrified of it, and never used it again. When you color black hair, or anything black, 100 is a great asset as it provides the best shadow. I purposely did not use 100 in the upper left chibi head. She looks much less vivid than the others, and that is largely due to the absence of 100. Use it sparingly in the deepest parts you’d like to shadow, and your picture will really pop!

5.  Choose what  color your black hair will reflect based on the rest of your drawing. If you’re coloring something cool, choose blue. Something warm, choose red or violet. Choose skin tones that will compliment the hair color.

Ok, that’s all I’ve got about black hair. Here’s the digital freebie:

Owl digital stamp

He's from our Who Dere? Collection!


About gallifreycraftingcompany

I love and train flying monkeys, color with copics, scrapbook what I color, read like a fiend and enjoy every minute of it. I'm a New Yorker that sought better weather, and I enjoy crafting outside by my pool and walking the beach.
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26 Responses to There’s a Blond, a Brunette and a Red Head (Part 4)

  1. Gina L says:

    Thanks for another great bit of info! Now I just need to go give it a shot!

  2. Esther says:

    Thank you for this cute little guy! I just love his glasses!!

  3. face 1004 says:

    Thank You for owl. He is super cute

  4. Joan V says:

    Thanks for the lesson on black hair and thanks for the digi.

  5. Teresa says:

    Thank you!

  6. Cathy says:

    Just love the owl with the glasses!! 🙂

  7. Michelle B. says:

    He is toooo cute, thanks! I also enjoyed your blurb on hair coloring. Being a newbie, self-taught copic user, I have a hard time w/black hair and usually avoid it. I’ll give it another shot! Thanks.

  8. Sarah says:

    thank you for the information and the owl

  9. Pam says:

    Cute owl, thank you!

  10. Tina says:

    Vielen Dank für die Informationen und das tolle Freebie. Die Eule ist ja toll
    Liebe Grüße

  11. Lisa says:

    thank you so very much for the cute 0wl
    I appreciate you being so kind and sharing with us.
    I wish you many more creative years of bloging!
    hope you have a marvelous week

  12. Karrie says:

    Cute, thank you!

  13. Sharon Moore says:

    Thanks for the lesson on coloring black hair! Love the owl. Thanks for sharing!
    Rubber Hugs, Sharon

  14. Cindy says:

    TY for the funky little guy!

  15. Janey says:

    thankyou for such a cool owl…love it xxx

  16. Shirley says:

    Thank you so much, with hugs Shirleyxxxx

  17. Sinihilkka says:

    Thank you for another great tutorial 🙂

  18. Danielle says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial and digital image.

  19. Joy H. says:

    Thanks for the tips and the freebie.

  20. TXGrandma says:

    Thanks for a great article and a great stamp!

  21. SHARON says:

    This Owl is very cool! Your designs are so inspiring and delightful! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us. The angel on your shoulder is smiling and so am I. Have a wonderful day.

  22. Thanks for all the great tutorials!!! They have come in handy. Have you all been able to find the new software yet to be able to hold classes? If so when are the next classes to be held?

    • Colleen says:

      Yes! Yes we have! FINALLY! I will be holding a class in April, I’m just waiting for my babysitter to get her schedule so I can definitely commit to a date. I promise I will put it on my blog asap!

  23. Love your hair coloring, so pretty!

  24. Kelley says:

    Thank you for the owl. And the black hair tips.

  25. tammi says:

    cute owl thanks for sharing!

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