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SUSPICIOUS MINDS - hair by Armando-Huerta SUSPICIOUS MINDS - hair by Armando-Huerta
Commission. Acrylic on Board.

Here is the whole process of the hair.

The main 3 steps. You can see the main 3 tools on each frame: Pencil, airbrush, paintbrush in that order.

As you can see the key is the pencil stage which takes like a day of work. The airbrush stage is pretty simple, 25 minutes of work. The brush stage is very easy thanks to the pencil stage, this takes 2 days, I use a #1 fine Sable brush, don't use synthetic brushes, they suck.

It's not that difficult.

The only way to paint hair is to draw and paint each and every single one of them. There's no other way if you wanna make it look like that. I learned that from Sorayama. I used to paint hair like this [link] which is the way that most of the artist do, even the famous ones. I've seen artist trying to do it with the airbrush :roll:

Open your mind.

Normal people seen millions of hairs in the human head. The human head have no more than 150,000+ . That's not too much. But if you think that it is impossible to paint all of them you will fail as Luke failed to lift the X-Wing :yoda:

Here is the thing: You don't need to paint them all ;). It is not a contradiction of what I just said. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound?.

The human mind is lazy. If you look at this deviation you may see 150,000 hairs, but there's less than 1000. It's a visual trick :D. However you still have to do as much as you can.

For me, the more difficult it looks, the more I like it. It's like a challenge. Like the hunter who start with a bunny, and ends with an African elephant. (hunting is awful, it's just an example).

As an artist you were born with a gift that society will try to destroy with mental barriers, through all your life. Don't kill the child on you, keep it hidden :).

Model: Adorable Jenny Poussin :love:
Please be respectful with the model.


Artwork is Copyright 2008 Armando Huerta.

*All materials contained in my deviantART gallery may not be reproduced, copied, tubed, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way.
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jeanluc07 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I LOVE VERY MUCH Jenny Poussin ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
rauldominguezjr Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
breath taking
brianmcbugger Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I love how you captured her eyes. I was nosing around in JP's gallery and ran across "Suspicious Minds". It was the first time I had seen it and I was instantly in love with the picture. Seldom does an artist capture the eyes of the model the way you do, especially the way you did with this. I've been a fan for a long time, but this is one that stands out even among your work.
azizjon Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011   General Artist
PzlWksMedia Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
I picked this example as it does a great job of showing "process development" work with Air Brush is just shock and awe!
otas32 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Genial la referencia de como pintabas antes los cabellos. Gracias! (Sorayama rocks!)
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Gracias. :)
judittondora Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice :)
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
rashka-jm Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I do have a question, since you said you used acrylic?

Don't you find its hard to get the acrylic to "keep flowing" when your painting tiny hairs? I find its hard to get the acrylic to go in a nice line - either it gets sticky and doesn't make a nice line, or it "runs out" and I need to get more paint, which makes the hair stroke far less smooth.

Any thoughts? I would really appreciate them!

Do you use a medium or anything to help paint the individual hairs?

Wonderful work btw with your details!
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