I am fascinated with curly hair! It's something I'll never have -- not that I don't love my hair. I do. I've always been very proud of my ridiculously long, silky hair. But curly hair is amazing in its variety, color, shape, etc.
Today I want to share with you how I make the super curly hair (see FF dolls Gina and April for examples) in Illustrator using dashed lines. I may do a lesson on curly hair in other media, too.
Anyway, fire up Illustrator. I have a FF doll head template ready to go.
I'm going to use a light color palette on her hair so that the lesson is easier to follow. Make your hair any color you want!
I'm going to make an afro type of hairstyle. To start with, make a circle and place it behind the head. Select your circle and go to Object> Arrange> Send to Back.
Hair doesn't generally grow in a perfect shape like a circle, so I'm going to add a little variety to the edge. Select your shape and go to Effect > Distort and Transform > Roughen. It works best with just a fill and no outline.
I want this to be subtle, but you can go crazy with these settings and that's fine too! Play around with the settings until you find what you like. When you use Effects, it doesn't change the actual shape. In this case, the circle is still there, preserved under the effect. For my dashed line method to work, you need to change the shape and add an outline. Once you get a shape you like, select your object and go to Object > Expand Appearance.
Now add an outline to your shape. Make it a large-ish one. I gave mine a 10pt stroke.
Select your shape and open the Strokes panel.
At this point, we need to expand the outline and combine it with the fill shape.
I love using the dashed lines in the strokes panel. There are so many uses for it! Next week I'll do a traditional media lesson, probably watercolor. Til then, look for a doll on Friday!