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3.5 Working on the Hair and Adding Shadows

We will create the hair from the top of the head, the beard and the eyebrows. We will also visit using shapes and layer adjustments to create shadows.

3.5 Working on the Hair and Adding Shadows

So in this section, what we're gonna cover is how to create the shapes for the hair and how to use those same shapes to create shadows and depth. So let's go ahead and fill in what we're gonna use for the hair. So, I wanna switch to my pen tool, but this time we're gonna do something different. We're gonna switch from our Path to our Shape. So you can see where that option is right up here, at the top. So let's zoom in and get in position. And so we wanna just fill the shape, so if you've used Illustrator, this should be very familiar to you and very easy to do. But if you haven't, it doesn't matter, just think about the shape. And as you're creating the shape, as you're following the art, you wanna make sure that you're just using a tangents and your tool to create the shape. And we're gonna run into a pretty common problem when you use path, when you use the shape tool instead of the path. So, what we have to do is turn the opacity down. So if you look right here, you can see, once we turn the opacity down, we're able to see the actual sketch and build the shape from that. Just zoom in here and get some good angles. And because it's a shape, I don't have to hold on to every detail, all I need to do is get the form of what the beard would be for this Frankenstein monster. And we can move through that pretty quickly. Here we go. Okay, so we can move a little faster. And I just wanna lay down couple more anchor points, and we'll be alright. So, these tangent moves, same thing. So when we get to parts like this, we don't have to worry about the details. Once again, we just need the shape, the overall generic shape, and then we can use a couple techniques to create depth or what appears to be hair in this case. We don't really want everything to be too detailed because we're not doing a detailed illustration, we're not inking for detail. But we can get to the point where we're able to easily disclose what this looks like in the end. So, next thing we'll do is go to the hair, let's move to the hair, the top part. So, I have a good idea what the hair looks like, shape-wise, in my head. So this should be pretty easy to shape out, so. Thinking in terms of shape, not detail. We don't have to worry about the detail at all right now. Contour and shape, that's really it. Get a nice arch here. Wanna cheat, I'm not necessarily gonna follow only the sketch because I can see a shape that I have here that wasn't originally decided, so. And give this a nice little arch here. And then, just form the shape around the ear. And so at any point if you get lost, just go ahead and turn. Go ahead and turn opacity down. There we go. So, this is pretty good. I'm happy with the shape of the hair. So let's go ahead and just add the shadows. We can start to bring our shadows in now because I think we're ready for that. Name this layer really quick. So let's just move to the shadows of the face. Before we get to the shadows, let's put the eyebrows there. Let's get that out of the way. So let's form those out pretty quickly. Same technique, just wanna get the shape. Now the good thing about the shape is when there are opportunities, you can use the shapes to create very fine details also. Turn this down and there we go. And at the end of the eyebrow I'll give an example of that. We can turn it back up now okay, so. Let's just go and grab. Let's put another shape, a couple shapes here to. Form the edge of the eyebrow. And now this is a style thing, so you can really dig into it. And later on what we'll do is I'll use this for some of the highlights, the shape technique to create highlights. But I could really go in and do a variable of grays and build my way up to some really detailed stuff. So I just copied that layer, turned it into a Smart Object, copied that layer, and flipped it over, and paste it. There we go. All right so now I think we're about ready to, let's add some shadows to this, give it a little more depth, and we're starting to prepare our way to get rid of all of the pencil work altogether. All right so, just gonna do the same thing we were doing for the hair, just create a form and we're gonna turn opacity down once again. And so this part is going to be up to you. Visually, you just kind of make the judgement and follow what you think is right. So, if you have a good sketch, this'll be pretty easy to do. You'll know what's going to be within the shadows and what isn't. You can always make adjustments based on what you think you need for that illustration. So, right now we're okay. That's a good shape right here. Here we go. Take a step back and just look at it. And, we're gonna drop right down to the nose. Turn this up a little bit, there we go. Let's drop down to the nose, too. Let's put a shadow underneath the nose. And as I'm talking, I'm looking at the artwork at the same time and trying to make those decisions, so. The shadows, as an artist, the things you wanna think about is so we have the technique down, the technique is pretty simple. But what we wanna do now is create the illusion of depth and highlight. And we're gonna do that with shadows first, and then we'll add highlights later. So, I'm just using the pen tool to create the right shape, and then we'll adjust the opacity as needed. So let's go underneath here and give a nice curve. Let's follow all the way through. Grab those tangents and make those quick adjustments. There we go. Now if you wanna move a tangent, you hold Ctrl down to move the tangents. There we go. If you wanna move the anchor points, so, altogether we can grab Ctrl. The tangents are Alt. I know I said that earlier, but I just wanna keep reminding people just in case I don't say it right cuz sometimes I call them anchors and sometimes I call them tangents. But it's the same thing depending on what your background is. There's another area we need to add. Let's do the lips. Now we'll add a shadow for the lips. Should be pretty easy, we're gonna do the same thing. We don't have to worry about too much detail here cuz it's really a very easy shape to fill. So, scroll through here. There we go. Turn it down just a little bit more and come back around. And you could zoom in and really start to play with this if you wanted, but for time's sake, I won't. I just wanna get the gist down, so I think overall this is looking pretty good. I got some good stuff here so. All right, so in the next section what we'll do is start to add those thick lines toward the edge, and we'll finish off the neck.

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