I am having trouble with a painting I'm doing from a photo taken 32yrs ago.
Its nearly finished except for the hair - I'm trying to get a sheen ( shininess) to it, as at the moment it is looking dry.
Any suggestion please will be appreciated
On my blog there are tips on hair paint, unfortunately only in German. In the internet, however, there are opportunities for Übersetzungungen. For Mac, there is a Dashboard widget that I use Google because my English is very bad. http://painters-blog.over-blog.de/
I'll do my best in looking it up :)
Sue, Jinny has given you some good tutorials to follow.
One thing I do when painting hair is start with a darker colour as a foundation. Blocking in. The Bristle brushes a great to use for hair and by adjusting in either Brush Controls or Brush Creator you can achieve some great brush features.
Once your hair is blocked-in, begin adding colour, very light strokes building up as you go. It perhaps would be prudent to do each section on a new layer. Don't use blenders. I'd like to see your finished painting.
Edited by Jinny on March 19, 2009 to add a clickable link.
Ah Hair. I LOVE doing hair with Painter. Often I will use the oil brushes...Round camel hair... and set the brush as follows.
SIZE: adjust this to the size brush that will fit the image you are working with
FEATURE: adjust this to set the bristles on your brush closer or farther apart. By doing this you can use a highlight color that shows up on just a few strands or many stands. Sort of like what they do at the beauty parlor.
You can lay in a base coat of solid color first, then highlight with the above brush in your desired settings. I have some examples here:
Once you have created "hair" you can gently use one of the Oily blenders to create more sheen. It will take some experimenting, but I can assure you it is FUN!
I hope this helps. *:)