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: