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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.


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:iconjeanluc07:
jeanluc07 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I LOVE VERY MUCH Jenny Poussin ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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rauldominguezjr Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
breath taking
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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.
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azizjon Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011   General Artist
PERFECT!!!
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PzlWksMedia Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
I picked this example as it does a great job of showing "process development"...you work with Air Brush is just shock and awe!
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otas32 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Genial la referencia de como pintabas antes los cabellos. Gracias! (Sorayama rocks!)
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:iconarmando-huerta:
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Gracias. :)
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judittondora Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice :)
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:iconarmando-huerta:
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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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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:iconarmando-huerta:
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually! I use my saliva. No kidding. I wet the tip of the brush in my mouth then deep the brush on the paint. The saliva then create a gel with the acrylic. That make it flowing and dry slowly. Also make it easy to blend.
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rashka-jm Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Really? gross!! lol I'll have to try it though to see if your just trying to fool me. :lol:

Thanks so much for the tip! :hug:
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moxiee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I DO draw hair like that! I learned this by studing a pencil artist on CA.org but when it`s time to paint I get lost.
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JebTorres Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. I am learning a lot from these tutorials you are sending. Your work is amazing. Thanks for sharing!
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:iconarmando-huerta:
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's the point. I'm glad to share what I know to the next generations of artist. It gives a meaning to my life :)
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EBENEWOOD Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010   General Artist
SOOOOOO nice..... thank you for this exciting lesson illustrated!....:sun:
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OceanwaveII Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Put it like this with the model I've discovered lol possibly end the constant artistic insecurity
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OceanwaveII Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol need to teach me how to shade like that when you get the chance man I got a pencil drawing for you to look at . How the story gathering coming ? I've improved my story telling tools i'll send you an update .Rofl i've made some amazing breakthroughs to put it mildly i'll send you a note soon about it
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xXKincadesVanityXx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great advice, and I love how you have your way with the air brush. It's amazing =D
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TATTOOQAC Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Hola nuevamente.. no puedo dejar de admirar tus trabajos.
como diriamos aca en Argentina... SOS UN GROSO!!!
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:iconarmando-huerta:
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Gracias ;)
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TATTOOQAC Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Hola, tengo ganas de cortarte las manos... jajajajjaa... envidia sana.
Lo tuyo no es posible. Sigo tus trabajos hace tiempo y tengo en mente llevar algunos al tatuaje (mi profesion).
Realmente te felicito, llegue a sospechar que lo que hacias era retocar las fotos para que parezcan hechas con aerografo.
Insisto, lo tuyo es imposible... nuevamente te felicito y ya te estoy agregando en el facebook.
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
U da man bro!
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Deikin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
She looks fantastic. You shouldn't be so modest with your airbrushing and colouring skills.
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HieloHieloHielo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Me ha gustado, y me ha gustado lo que has escrito. :clap:
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umbrellacat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
that's really awesome. you can definitely see the difference and improvement from the picture you linked.
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HardToFindAName Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
I've just started drawing hair as individual strands as well :) But your result is still much more amazing than what I can achieve! The pencil stage especially is incredible!
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zerdron Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
The genius himself doing this awesome pin-up.
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Witchking00 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Como siempre tienes toda la razon! el lapiz es la clave de todo! la practica y el dibujo como dios manda ayudan al coloreado. Una vez mas gracias por compartir con todos tu genial tecnica! Pero aun sabiendo como lo haces... si uno no sabe dibujar con esa precision como tu tienes no podemos llegar al grado de hyper realismo que te caracteriza! Un 10 sobre 10 para tus ilustraciones y otro 10 por tu dedicacion a todos los que te seguimos y nos encandila tu arte!!! :)
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:iconarmando-huerta:
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Gracias mi amigo! :thumbsup:
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Shidaku Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
damn, even your tutorials are sexy!
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Daenji Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
I respect and agree with your advice. I am going to learn this.

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