How to Color Hair in Procreate in 5 Minutes

Have you ever looked at digital artwork and thought, “Wow, that hair color pops!” only to try it yourself and end up with something resembling a poorly mixed salad? Well, don’t worry.

Today, I’m going to guide you through the surprisingly not-so-scary world of coloring hair in Procreate.

Resources Used for the Tutorial:

You can also find amazing Procreate Hair Brushes for your next artwork projects!

In This Tutorial, you’ll Learn:

  • How to start with a basic hair sketch in Procreate.
  • Choosing and applying a base color for hair.
  • Techniques for adding shadows to create depth.
  • Applying highlights to give hair a realistic look.
  • Refining hair details with individual strands.
  • Adjusting colors for the perfect shade.
  • Final touches to enhance overall hair appearance.

Coloring Hair in Procreate

Let’s break the coloring process into easy-to-follow steps.

Step 1 – Start with a Sketch

First, sketch out the hairstyle on your canvas. This doesn’t have to be detailed; it’s just a roadmap for where the hair is.

Woman Hair Digital Sketch

Step 2 – Base Color

Choose a base color for the hair. Don’t worry about getting the perfect shade right away; this is just the starting point.

Woman Hair Digital Sketch Colored

Step 3 – Adding Shadows

Now, let’s give the hair some depth. Choose a darker shade of your base color and apply it to areas where shadows naturally occur, like under bangs or at the roots.

Colored Woman Hair Digital Sketch, with Shadows

Step 4 – Time for Highlights

This is where the magic happens. Select a lighter shade and brush it onto areas where the light hits the hair, like the crown and around the face. Remember, highlights are usually more pronounced on the top layers of hair.

Colored Woman Hair Digital Sketch, with Light Shades

Step 5 – Refining Details

With a fine brush, add individual strands to give the hair texture and a more natural look. This step requires a steady hand and some patience. You can use XYZ brush from Brush Galaxy to help yourself out.

Colored Woman Hair Digital Sketch, With Shadows and Hair Strands

Step 6 – Adjusting Colors

If the colors don’t feel quite right, don’t be afraid to adjust them. You can add more shades or tweak the existing ones until you’re happy with the result.

Adjusted Colored Woman Hair Digital Sketch, with Shadows

Step 7 – Final Touches

Zoom out and look at the overall picture. Sometimes, adjusting the contrast or saturation can make a big difference.

Complete Woman Hair Digital Sketch

And there you have it! Remember, coloring hair in Procreate is an art, not a science. It’s okay to experiment and find what works best for you. Happy coloring!

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Tanya is a digital artist with a passion for bringing stories to life through her art. Drawing has been a part of her life since childhood, and over the years, she expanded her repertoire to include both traditional mediums and digital platforms. Her toolkit includes a range of software skills, from Procreate and Photoshop to Adobe Indesign, and After Effects.

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