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Rough tutorial for: mane,hair - without tablet by Famikawe Rough tutorial for: mane,hair - without tablet by Famikawe
Hi there! :)

Many ppl asked how I draw manes digitally. I did a little step by step tutorial to give you the general idea behind. I know this method isn't the best around, but its perfect if you doesn't have a tablet or a reliable mouse. For example I like using this method when I work on my laptop touch-pad.
(Editor: GIMP)

I won't go into small details, but I try to write down the basics.
Please note, the uploaded pic is juts a rough illustration, but I think it's enough for a helping reference.

Ok so these are the steps:

TIP: for the hair/mane/tail/... you should use a separate layer! (BUT please note the whole thing should be on one layer with this method)

1. Draw the general shape of the hair/mane/tail or whatever you want. You need only one base color for this. You don't have to draw strokes here, just define some shape.
Tools: NO smudge, just a simple plain brush.

2.a. open your color palette and choose some additional colors you want to add. (usually it's the darker and lighter tones of the base color you picked, but it can be anything you like)
2.b. now change the width of your brush, make it smaller to draw "thin" strokes. Check the reference image and try to make something similar. (Imagine how the hair strands would fall, and try to follow it with your strokes "over" the base color made in step 1.)
Tools: a simple brush, no smudge! Choose something that you can use to draw "thin" strokes.

3. now pick up the smudge tool. You should choose a small brush width here, but try it yourself which one suits you more. According to the reference pic -> smudge the strokes together, but follow the lines you drawed!
(important: avoid messing it together. Try to keep the general flow you did earlier.)
Tools: smudge with a suitable brush setting

TIP: The more you work with it the more beautiful the strokes will become, this applies for the width of your smudge tool too. if you choose a very small brush you can do more realistic and natural looking surfaces! As you can see I didn't go with a small one, but I hope you can get the idea :)

4. Pick up the dodge/burn tool. Imagine how would the light appear on the surface. According to this add lighter and darker areas with the dodge/burn tool. The more you dodge a given target the more "shiny" it becomes, the more you burn an area the more dark and "strong" it appears. Try to check the last step, sou you will get the idea what it is for :)
Tools: simple dodge/burn tool the way you desire it.

5. switch back to your smudge tool. Try to work the additional parts together to smooth and blend the surface. You should follow the stroke lines while you smudge!
The tip I gave at step 3 applies here too!
Tools: simple smudge tool with a small brush

6. This last step uses smudge and the eraser. As you can see I added some additional strands here. This way it will really look like hair/fur/mane or whatever you want. You can play with this step easily, just try to use smudge on the edges, this way you can make the threads and strokes. If you use a very small brush for this, you can make beautiful and thin threads. In my ref pic I used a medium sized one. It's not really good, but still you can identify it :D (or at least I hope so lol...)

So the more time you spend with this method, the more natural and realistic it will become.

If you don't understand something feel free to ask! :D
I hope this tutorial was helpful.

(and sorry for my bad english! >.<)
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elizabethshark Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
Thx soooo much! It heed me so much. My edits now look better I'm a newbie to GIMP so I don't know a lot.You're idea is amazing.
SEAAcademy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
You = angel <3
This helped me so much! I'm a newbie, and I understood everything! 
frozenners Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OmigoshSimsCustom Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Now I can make my horses
look better on my Sims 3
edit photos!!!
darkequestrian Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH. This tutorial was very easy to follow. I only have a laptop with a finger pad, no mouse and no tablet. I thought that it would be impossible for me to do something like this. I followed the tutorial and it came out beautiful! I did it! I am so excited and I just wanted to say thank you so much for this!! 
KianaDesigns Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
[link] Thank you, was very helpful :D
KianaDesigns Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
I also put it as my FB cover photo :)
TheWarriorsLeader102 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic tutorial, it's great because the simplicity is awesome and effective! Thanks so much!
Claire-Finney123 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
How do you make it look like this?[link]
The-Dreamer-one Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Thank you! i found it to be very helpful :) simple but amazing!
Julunis14 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
thanks, thanks, thanks!!!!
lol60651 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
totaldramaheatherfan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thankyou for sharing! :) :hug:
Tumbling-Star Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply, but FANTASTIC :heart:

Thank you! :love: !!! :D
PICTASTICWUWU Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
thankyou i found this very helpful
labacanitaz412 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i hope you think this is okay. it's my first edit ever. [link]
Famikawe Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
It is cute. Thank you for showing your work to me :)
Tip A: after you are on step 5, you should choose a very small brush to do the final 'strokes'. (The pic I posted for this tutorial isn't really good, because I didn't do small strokes, but I hope you can understand what I want to say X))
Tip B: your horse now looks cute and fuzzy, but if you want a realistic mane, try to follow a definite route for the final strokes. Maybe looking at photos will help you. The treads in a mane or tail doesn't just fly everywhere, they have a 'definite' flow :)
Tip C: don't be afraid to use more shading and light. It will make your mane look more realistic.

Again thank you for posting, and it's a very nice try! Keep up the good work!
labacanitaz412 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i guess i was just in a real rush to finish it. being so excited since it was my first edit. :P

and i know how the manes are supposed to look but i wanted to give his mane like a little fuzzy look for some reason. no idea why. :P lol
Estoow Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Famikawe Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
I'm no longer using this method. I know it's not the best around X)
However I think it comes in handy if you don't have devices to do definite strokes.

That's why I left it here :)
*but thank you for the very informative feedback X)*
Estoow Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Hi !
Hehe, sorry but when I saw your art, I told myself "she can't be using this method"...
Your art is amazing though !
Famikawe Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Thank you! :D

Well I can show you a few stuffs I did this way:
Dutch sporthorse
Tracking prey
The valentine breed

I've used this method many many times. (And still using it when it goes well with the image, or I can't do nice flowing strokes. For example on my older laptop, it's touch-pad freezes all the time)

Actually I realized ur quite right. I should have posted references to show how it should look on a 'finished' image.
I'll edit my submission to a more detailed one with examples in the future.
Thank you! :)
ilovemostanime Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
this is a really good tutorial, most of the others i've tried only worked with a tablet, but this works with a mouse :3 thank you
daniella94 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
így már értem :)
Ehhez hasonló mikor a lovat is rajzolod?
Famikawe Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Igen, ez egy folyamatábra arról, hogyan szoktam csinálni. (A leírás pedig ott van a kép alatti szövegben, igaz angolul)
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