Hi, if the lighting is just white light, then shades of grey (like this: cdn1.iloveindia.com/lounge/ima… ) . If you have coloured light sources, then obviously more colours are needed. Best probably to do an image search on Google for black hair then you will have a good reference. Here a couple of my portraits with very dark hair:
Awesome! Yeah, it's what I did on my first portrait (Of course the hair looked terrible, but that was from the edgings). Thanks for the help! Now, I'm going to take what I've learned, and do something (hopefully) amazing with it!
You sure have patience... I also don't like drawing hair, at all, especially when we have to draw traditional portraits in school... but I dare to say you paint hair quite well :3 My favourite part is the one with blurry hair over shoulders, it looks like those professional photo portraits, and it really draws attention to face.
awesome tutorial! I had to laugh at your mouse comment; I would smack myself, but seeing as I'm stuck with the mouse till my husband can finish building me a new computer and get me a newer version of photoshop, I'll save myself the pain and just dream of the day when I get my wacom (and who knows, mayhaps the one I really REALLY want will be dirt cheap by then!!)!
That's a great tutorial, very helpful, very nice presented and funny, too! Thank you! I like the first line. And the tip about "implying detail from feedback of the vision". That's very cool and I've never thought about that. Your depth-of-field hair is really stunning and photorealistic, even on the closeup!
Your tip to people who are painting with a mouse made me LOL. And you're right - a short while without coffee/chocolate/that-extra-snack-you-pretend-you-didn't-buy and it's easy to afford even just a Wacom Bamboo.