Swim suit is so cute!! I love top!!
Here's what I do for hair... Don't work with different nuances ,because you might make an error.... and well ,it usually ends up flat ,unless you have experience with that. (I know it from personal experience) I use brown base and use light yellow for strands. Base on one layer ,strands on the other. I put a block of light yellow nearby the hair-parting ,and then take smudge tool with high strength and brush size 1 and pull color down color to get look of strands. Make sure that number of strands isn't equal everywhere because that's not what you'd normally see. You may make layer opacity lower if hair looks blonde to you. Erase block when done. Put some red on several places and make layer opacity low - like 10-20% if you desire to do so. You'll see when brown hair is under sun light that red places show up nearby the shiny part. (or yellow ,depends on nuance - if you recolor to the red ,you'll normally pick one that looks redish ,not yellowy) Make new layer. You'll use it for shading the hair. To get the shine ,use light yellow ,make opacity low as much as you desire to. Then make a new layer and then put thin white line in middle of yellow shade ,blur it a little and then make opacity layer lower. Then merge layer with light yellow and white. If light seems too harsh you might want to make opacity even lower. Then make new layer. Put black on every place where it's supposed to have dark shade. Smudge it a bit ,and if you need to make opacity lower ,do so. Merge all hair layers ,and smudge where hair still seems harsh to you. And that's it. Your hair usually might need cleaning up ,and you might want to recolor it. When I recolor ,I'd simply change hue ,and maybe saturation ,brightness/contrast ,etc. It doesn't take long to do hair that way ... at least not me. It takes 30 minutes - 1 hour. I used to do hairs like that ,then I started the other way but everyone said I should get back to the other way so I did. I like how hairs turned out on my entries. Not that you have to use that way. You might want to give it a shot ,but I think that everyone should find their own way of doing stuff. I found my own way by trying several tutorials and taking the parts that I like the best.thanks Tinky and ChaCha.that bikini is so awesome!! i love the bra top, the print is so fun..the hair needs a little bit of definition and volume and i think Tinky gave a very helpful tip..
~the tip i can give you is that you use at least three different shades of a particular color in shading hair ~
for example you want to do a brown hair..
base 1 (1st layer): darkest shade of brown which is nearest to black..
base 2 (2nd layer): medium brown shade..
base 3 (3rd layer): lightest shade of brown which is almost orange color.. *this layer will add shine to the hair which will give an illusion of silkiness...
and you can add some outline, ~that is how i shade my hair designs..
I'll see what i can do with your suggestions. Btw, I use GIMP and I'm kinda new to it, so i'm still figuring stuffs out.