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Manga curls tutorial: Himawari by Shu-Maat Manga curls tutorial: Himawari by Shu-Maat
Tutorial for drawing Himawari Kunogi’s (from xxxHOLiC manga, by CLAMP) curly pigtails.
A lot of people over the years asked me how I draw curls… I honestly don’t think I’ve got lots of secrets to disclose, but in the end, I decided to try. That’s my fiiiiiiiirst tutorial evaaaaah, I’m so insecure about it! *trembles* :fear: So please! Tell me if it’ readable, understandable, tell me everything that needs to be fixed. I have this fear that it’s not clear at all ç___ç but I hope it can be a little useful, and that your advices will help me for the next time.
Sorry for the quality of the pictures, I really didn’t know how to deal with tutorial pics. ^^’

Further suggestions? First of all, look at the references. Look closely, examine the most that you can. For Himawari-chan, the best are to be found in vol.10 of xxxHOLiC: flap through it and you’ll see that CLAMP has drawn her hair in a particularly detailed manner, there.
If you're going for black hair instead of brown, use just three colours: a hint of ochre, your darkest shade of brown, and black. Mixing brown and black is not easy as it seems, so be sure to blend very carefully. The slightest touch of charcoal will give a boost to the shadows! And don't forget to shade even darker in the back part of the ringlets -thanks Olaunis for reminding that!

This tutorial is for detailed curls, not for drawing them quickly or sketchy. I’m sure there are tons of ways to reproduce ringlets in a simpler manner (and DA hosts some good tutorials!); this is just my little technique. ^^
This tutorial is for anime-style, and definitely not suited for a lifelike portrait.

The lovely background image is a stock from MidnightCraze .

I’m going to try and make a second tutorial for different styles of curls that you can combine with this one, to achieve a richer and more varied result. And yes, it will include the infamous Caterina Sforza’s (Trinity Blood) ringlets of doom! Hope to get it ready soon!

Happy Easter, dear friends! ^________^


PS: I'm uploading some little stamps in my scraps, too! ^^

Himawari - A touch of sunlight by Shu-MaatYuuko and Himawari by Shu-Maat
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xXAngelsofChaosXx Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god gorgeous!! <3!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I hope it will prove itself useful for your needs!
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xXAngelsofChaosXx Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OuO It already has! Thank you so much! :iconmyheartplz:
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's wonderful to hear!!! :hug: Thank you for taking your time and commenting!
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xXAngelsofChaosXx Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime! <3 Don't stop what you're doing! 
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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PastMisfortunes Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful, thank you.
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Metalraptor Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial. :D
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm happy you think so! Thanks a lot!!
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Otomezaki Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you! :D this helps alot!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great to hear! *___* Thanks to you for your fave and comment, I hope it can serve you well!
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Otomezaki Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes it helps alot! ^^
I have a character who has hair in that style and I have been struggling so much to draw her hair x.x Im happy I can finaly draw it now! :D
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Mayumidea Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Thanks a lot:D
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I hope it will be of some use! :hug:
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PureTassel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
How about curls from the bangs?
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry, I haven't noticed this comment you left me a looong time ago ē__ē If you're still intrested, would you mind telling me what you meant, so I can answer a bit better? Thank you!
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PureTassel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Here's possibly what I mean by a bang: some line-art practice!
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coralinedoll12 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh THANK YOU SOO MUCH!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're more than welcome! I hope it will serve you well! ^^
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coralinedoll12 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It did. It helped a bunch! :iconthanks3:
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coralinedoll12 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It did actually. It did. THANK YOU! :iconjusaysthx3:
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so happy to hear this, thank you for letting me know!! :love:
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coralinedoll12 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :iconblush--plz:
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PurpleShadowAngel Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
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I wish I saw this before I actually did the "ringlets of doom" D:
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yours were 10000 times better, I still love your Caterina to death!! :love:
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Elemmingphant Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Thankies!!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks to you for your appreciation!!
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liger8879 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very useful information. Now maybe I can draw myself xP
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you did find this useful, thank you for your comment!
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WildChildDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
This looks really helpful! Thanks for uploading! :D
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm super glad you found this helpful!! Thanks to you for faving and commenting! :hug:
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WildChildDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem! :D
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Kyshone Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH! You have no idea how badly I needed this.
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooh I'm so happy!! *___________*
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Kyshone Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
A friend of mine wants me to draw a pair of curly haired twins, but I had no idea how. This was all I needed! 8D
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to be of some use! Happy drawing to you and your friend! ^___^
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MidnasFire500 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
So. So. So friggen helpful :iconlovesqueeplz:
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's great to hear! *o* Thank you and happy drawing! :wave:
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011   General Artist
thisis awesome! really really helpful!!!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, that's great to hear, I truly hope it will help you! Happy drawing! :w00t:
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011   General Artist
thank you so much!!! :D
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pink-a-roo Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Thanks for the tutorial!! <3
Your tutorial had sent me drawing pages and pages of spiral shapes xD I have managed to perfect spiral curls. Now the next challenge is attaching them to a head >.<

I hope someday, my spiral curls will be as lovely as your 'Himawari - A touch of sunlight'
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome, thanks to you again for your lovely words! :hug: Ooooooh it was useful?? ** Happy practicing, so, I'm sure that in no time you'll master everything! I'm not a special artist, so you can surpass me 100 times! :love:
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Psykogirl65 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
ooh, thanks for the tutorial ^^ I've drawn a few himawari art...& i think I do something similar to your method...just a lazier, messier version ;P
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks to you for your feedback, I'm glad that someone else draws like this... at least my tutorial isn't wrong! And yaaay for Himawari! :hug:
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Psykogirl65 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
No prob & Yes, the tutorial is very helpful ^^
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's great to hear, I'm happy to be a little helpful! :heart:
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Hana-May Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eccolooooo!! E ora, via con le esercitazioni!! ^o^
GRAZIE mille, my dear:heart: finalmente pure io riuscirņ a disegnare il malefico ricciolo clampiano.
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Spero serva a qualcosa, ma insegnare a te mi pare un po' una bestemmia! :giggle:
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Hana-May Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Potrei sculacciarti sai... U.u...
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