Montag, 21. März 2011

Fullbody Hairing - The English Version - Part Two

3) How to do the hairing:
First you need to do some preparations both with your material and the model.
Best is to begin with the model, as you can work with your wool while it dries.

Make sure that all things you probably wanted to change about the model’s pose are done, because this can’t be changed very well once you started hairing.

Take your reference photos and paint your model accordingly. This needs not be a master piece it is just supposed to help you to know which colour of hair goes where. (It is also helpful if the covering hair gets a bit thin in one spot – if the surface is painted in about the same hue of the hair, any bare spots won’t be glaringly obvious.)

Paint the eyes and snout to detail and gloss them (if you plan to do that), because with the hair on it will get hard to do it properly without messing up the hair.
If the colours you use won’t dry to a permanently fixed state, you need to finish the model as usual (laquer, fixation, whatever you use)
Set the finished model aside and let dry for as long as you usually do with a repaint.

In the meantime, your get your hairing material and the bigger scissors out. Set up little paper bags or glasses as a container for the hair colours before you.
Then you take a strand of the first colour between thumb and index finger of the hand not holding the scissors. Let only a tiny little bit of material peek over your thumb and cut. (Not the thumb! *g*)
Like this, you chop up the whole strand (or as much as is needed of the colour to begin with). Try to cut the "hairs bits" as tiny as possible.
cutting the hair
(For detailed areas like the face even smaller than this)

You might need different lengths of hair-bits, depending on where on the animal you are hairing. The face usually gets the smallest and finest hair-bits, while the fur on top of the back can be longer, sometimes up to a centimeter or more. Again, this depends on your reference photos.

Like this, you prepare all your hair colours and put the fluffy little hair-heaps into the containers, so that your work won’t be in vain in case you sneeze or there is some sudden draught.

For areas where two colours meet, you can create shading by mixing the two colours on the table until they blend nicely.

Before your pounce on your model now, take a few moments to envision the directions that the hair on a real animal has – by following some basic rules, your animal will not look weird or scruffy just because one started at the wrong end or into the wrong direction.
Meet the dog shaped object aka “DSO” which I quickly sketched to illustrate in which directions you have to work when hairing.
The head and the tail are divided from the body by little dotted lines, because you can do them last or first, just as you like. Leaving the tail for last does create a nice handle for your to hold the model, though.

Generally, you hair always upwards and toward the hindend.
Meaning you start at a paw and work your way up to the shoulder. Or on the body itself it means you hair from snout-end to tail-end and always always start under the animal, working your way up. (I.e. starting at the middle of the tummy and going up the side until you reach the spine)
The little arrows on DSO may help with that idea a bit.

A quick transformation of the no-name pony “Brownie” into a very hairy Shetland Pony:
brownie wip

brownie wip

brownie wip

And now you finally get started!
Pick the area you want to start with and the colour(s) of hair that you need. (The head will need some precision work, so beginning on the leg might be easier)

Cover a small area with glue and then pick up some hair (Either with your fingers or with the tweezers – experience shows that you look like a werewolf in no time, no matter if you use the tweezers or not) and gently dab it onto the glue. If you still see free spaces, then dab on a bit more.

Wait a moment until the glue begins to set, then brush very lightly and gently over the haired surface. A few hairs will come off usually. Glue the next bit and add hair and so on.

When you have finished one body part, you wait a bit until the glue has fully set. Then you gently ruffle the limb/body between two fingers. (Very gently!) Usually, more little hairs will come off. If you spot a bare area now somewhere, place a drop of glue on it and dab on more hair. If all is nicely covered, you can use your small scissors to trim down the hair a bit, in case it stands up in places.
Repeat on all legs.

On the body you might want to use longer strands to create the top-coat. In any case, you do not add any of the very short hair as “undercoat”, because this would make your animal look too fat. You can use the smallest bits of hair in the middle under the tummy, though, where one often finds thin and finer hair. The rest is haired with the longer strands.

When you have finished the body, trim it with scissors until you achieve the desired outlines and surface of the hair lying on top.

The tail you start where it connects to your animal and work out toward the tailtip. Here, too, you begin on the underside of the tail working up and for a finishing touch cover the upper side with some longer hair.
Cut to trim.

If you managed to hair the face without making the eyes and snout vanish completely (if so, the little scissors help you getting them hair-free again), you might need some facial markings, like the “points” that some dogs have above the eye. Paint them onto the hair.

See some of the steps of hairing performed by “Abby” the Pyrenean mountain dog :
First step, getting started with the legs (I did the head before) –see how skinny he seems to be, despite the breed being a very compact dog?

Longer hair for the body and beginning to create his “beard”:

Even more longer hair:

…which has now been trimmed. See also the subtle addition of a second colour above his shoulder- the breed has such markings there sometimes. He also has this colour on his ears.

Fluffy tail in the making:

And finished:

His breed also has “feathers” which have been added to his legs last.

Happy Hairings!

If you have any questions or want me to describe a step more closely, feel free to comment or email me.


The Watcher hat gesagt…

This is great - thanks for posting! I've wanted to hair a doggie of mine and might do it when I have some free time. :P
Question: Does wool work for hairing too? This kind of wool: In horse colours of course. XD

Ailanreanter hat gesagt…

Yes, you must unravel the "thread" to get at the loose fibers in it- the finer the better. These fibers you can treat just the same as mohair and such stuff.
This kind of wool occasionally makes a very "fluffy" fur, so make sure that the model below is rather skinny or it will look very fat in the end.

The Watcher hat gesagt…

Ahh, I see. Would it work for manes and tails too?

Ailanreanter hat gesagt…

I have seen one horse with a wool mane and tail in one of the German forums. It was an Andalusian mare and looked rather neat. I will see if I can find her picture again, it was some years ago.

The Watcher hat gesagt…

I'll try then. :) I have lots of wool around but I don't have mohair so.. XD

Ailanreanter hat gesagt…

I found her! On these pictures, the mane is still wet from styling and don't ask me why the owner cut the tail like that, but here you go with woolen longhair:

The Watcher hat gesagt…

She looks pretty! Out of curiosity, do you know what mold is that? It seems like the Breyer Clydesdale Mare but with thinner legs... Also could you do a tutorial on hairing a mane and tail, if you have the time? Thank you. :D

Ailanreanter hat gesagt…

That was a Justin Morgan, as far as I know.

I could do a tutorial on manes and tails, but Carol Williams has already done that way better than I ever could, look here (it takes a bit to load):

The Watcher hat gesagt…

Oooh, yeah. It really looked like the Clyde Mare. XD

Oh, and thanks for the tutorial. :) Are haired horses that fragile, does the mane come out so easily? :s Sorry for being bothering you...

Ailanreanter hat gesagt…

Don't worry, you are not bothering me! :D

No, not really. In my collection 90% of the horses have hair and I do not find them fragile at all. Occasionally (like once a year) they need a hairwash if they get too dusty, but that is not a problem at all. If the hair tangles up after transport, I comb it very gently with a little brush that is supposed to be used to comb human eyelashes.
I own some vintage customs beside the ones I did myself, some of them are back from 1987 and they still have their original hair.

I am now off for bed, I need to work tomorrow.

The Watcher hat gesagt…

Thank you for your help! :)
Have a good night and a good day tomorrow. ^^

Anonym hat gesagt…

Awesome! I am sooo excited to begin!

Last Alliance Studios hat gesagt…

Eeeee, this is fantastic! JUST what I was hoping for! :D :D :D
Thank you so much! :D

Ailanreanter hat gesagt…

Oh great that you find it useful! :D
It was fun to write it, too.

Last Alliance Studios hat gesagt…

:D One question though - if you're only wanting to hair a certain part of the model (like adding feathering or a beard or something) - is there a way to get the join between hair and plastic/resin to look natural?

Ailanreanter hat gesagt…

Usually it is enough when you add some shading with the paint, especially when the feathers are on a dark leg. With white markings, more shades of beige/white are needed.

A beard (under the head or at the nose?) usually looks ok from the sides and front- and usually, you are not going to present your horse upside down.

It is more important to have the strands of the longer hair (for feathers i.e.)rather thin, so that you do not have big glued on "edges" where the hairing ends. The flatter, the less unrealistic.

Would it help if I take close ups of those horses with beard and feathers that I own? I could do so this weekend.

The Watcher hat gesagt…

Christine, thanks for asking that, it was something I had forgotten. ^^"

Last Alliance Studios hat gesagt…

Oooh yes, photos would be very helpful! :D I thought afterwards that perhaps some very, very finely cut up hair could be used to blend it too so I'll have to try that at some point too.

If you check out my latest blog post you'll see what I managed to acomplish thanks to this tutorial! :D :D :D

Ailanreanter hat gesagt…

The fine hair blending works awesomely- I just tried it out on Fleur, who does get fuzzy legs now. Looks better than painting the transitition, highly recommended.
Pictures will follow.

Ohh I just did! Wonderful things you accomplished, I love your new fuzzies. :D :D

Christine hat gesagt…

I don't know how I missed this when you first wrote it. Must have been during my work coma. This is too cool. I may try it to make a dog! I am going to use my dog's hair, LOL! Ah but to find a skinny body I like. The Breyer Aussie is too "hairy" already.

Ailanreanter hat gesagt…

Oh, I would love to see any attempts. :D
If you find a rubber (something equally soft in the toys section)mold, you can make it more skinny with the help of a sharp cutter knife. If this makes it slightly angular, longer hair will cover it.