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Sai Tutorial: Coloring Hair by kyaptain Sai Tutorial: Coloring Hair by kyaptain
AWW YEAH. Hair tut. I love coloring hair SO MUCH. Drawing it is a pain though. ;^;

Again, ask me any questions if you are confused about anything and I'll try my best to answer. <3

IGNORE THE MISTAKES. I CAN'T SPEEL. (Grammar Nazis are gonna be out to get me)

Also, don't be discouraged if it doesn't come out exactly like in the tutorial. It's good to just try out how other people do it and add to your own techniques.

Finished picture: [link]
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Katsumi-Hibiku Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Student Artist
How did you select all? I can't do it...
jessaiduran Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kawaii desu <3 Arigatou Gozaimasu! :D 
Glezx3 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks u helped me a lot with this <3
Biohazard00 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you this might just help me!
Xx-IzayaOrihara-xX Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks you so much for making this! You're a life saverI Love You Emote 
LightChrome-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Student General Artist
OMG, such a beautiful tutorial TwT Thanks so much for making it!
stqrbucks Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Thank you : D Most tutorials I see are very complex but this one is pretty simple, now I'm gnna practice that anime style
tybalt427 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What tool did u use for your strokes?
Nazue Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist
I tried my best.. still my drawn hair is far from looking like this... somehow I'm afraid of cell shading.. I most likely blend a lot out..
what can I do to lose this fear?
PochiPandalope Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A good way to practice is literally just trace a picture and shade it just as it shows. You'll get used to it and the end product should look good. Sai logic: Instead of using a blend tool. Use the watercolor and only blend some shade lines and leave some crisp. That will give it a more clean appearance~ :P
Nazue Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist
Watercolor... never used it as a tool in sai //hides
I'm not a fan of tracing... want something to be my own work..
What do you mean by crisps?
Seattlempd Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This was so helpful!!! My hair actually looks more like hair now xD Thank you for the beautiful tutorial >3<
ladyhollow626 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you, this was super helpful! ^.^
xHiroshi Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks ^-^
Pluto-Uto Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
genkae Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you mean press ctrl and click the layer? ; o ; When I do that, it does nothing--
pokemonsonicgirl123 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks to this tutorial, I found a new hair coloring style! :dance:
DaydreamOtaku Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so muchh <3
ah the luminosity trick, i've been looking for it for ages
2Pengu4U Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a wonderful tool *___*
DaydreamOtaku Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student General Artist
unicornpoopz123 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for the tutorial been wondering for a while how to get that effect,but instead I sat in my chair listening to K-pop when I could of looked up a tutorial. :o (Eek) 
Loli-piun Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
That's an awesome tutorial , thankies <3
AutumnBells Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Used! Thank you so much!
LittleMissKappukeki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Student General Artist
I kept fricken cracking up :')
MarQuiane Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
is this................ used with a graphic tablet?
Zhai1123 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist
This is amazing!! O_O
Pipparachi Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful! Thank you!
Pipparachi Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful! Thank you!
VsDoodles Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally a tutorial I can understand! The ones I've found on youtube only color the hair but don't tell you how or with which tools.
This is awesome, thank you so much <3
artisticgoddess84 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks soooooooooooooo much
KumiOkashii Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW ! It's amazing ! *3* Thanks ! :D
amini101 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the tutorial !!! <3
candicetan2 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
awesome! signed in to say thanks for the tutorial!
Alzakaria Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
I was wondering but what kind of tools do you use, if i may ask?
IIMikuruII Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the awesome tutorial! *w*
let's see if things works for me e n e
xxMidori-Chanx Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're hella rad!
I love your artwork too!
sketchydays Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're so amazing ^^
Thanks so much <3:) (Smile) 
Lightning2889 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice it is awesome.
tivee Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't seem to select my strokes on SAI...I hold down ctrl, click on the layer but nothing gets selected?
kyaptain Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Make sure to hold ctrl while clicking the inside of the thumbnail box of the layer :)
Also check to see if you've made it to where the selection lines don't show up
dlhfue Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good question! I also helped with your question :D

*sorry if I make a mistake with my grammar*
AwaYeah Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably the best tutorial on coloring hair I've ever seen, really helpful!
HeadphoneNinja25 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tutorial! I'll definitely use it in the future. :D
Oh, and by the way, I love the way you worded it. "...Slap some highlights on wherever the hell you feel like." Just, wow! XD
kyaptain Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you enjoyed the wording xD
Kanra-Nakurome Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial! If it's not too much trouble, could you tell me what tools (brush, pencil, etc.) you used on each step? ;w;
kyaptain Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll try since I have to remember what tools I used Emoji26

-making the strokes in steps 2, 4, 9, and 10 I used the ink pen
-step 3 I used the airbrush
-step 6 i think the marker?
-step 7 says with the eraser tool

I'm pretty sure that's what I used at the time
Kanra-Nakurome Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Emoji08  AAauauuhhh <33333333 Thank you so much! ;u;
HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
Sooo great! really liked it!
very nice tutorial!
LadyBeelze Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a bunch! even when i use photoshop, i coul color my character' hair with this ^^ and not the ugly way i used to
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