Little Girl Variations - Hair Styles and Colors

Brown Hair Girl

    This tutorial was written after I wrote the Little Girl Blowing Bubbles tutorial. Prior to that tutorial, I wrote to Cathy of Cathy's Corner and obtained her permission to write my variations and to also link to her original tutorial of The Little Angel. There are a lot of pages for her tutorial and the pages are graphic intensive, so please be patient with the download. It is well worth it. You can do The Little Angel at Cathy's Corner from the following link:

Cathy's Corner - My Little Angel Tutorial

    In this version, the variation is with the shape and color of the hair. You can do my first variation here.

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    Let's get started!

    Open a transparent image, 450x450.

    Save your image as BrownHairGirl.pspimage. As you add the vector shapes, if you click on save, it might tell you that vector layers will be converted to raster layers, do you want to continue. Click yes. It will save your work and will not do the conversion. Make sure your extension is pspimage though.

    Add a vector layer, naming it head. Open your shapes folder, choosing the ellipse. Settings: Anti-alias - checked; Create as vector - checked; Width - 1; Foreground - Black; Background/Fill - null.

    I have used a line width of 2 so that the image would show up better, and I also used a white background so the screen shots would show - yours will be on a transparent background.

    If you just want to draw a head and hair, use these first directions: starting at 225x225, holding down your right button draw a circle to 354x354 (watch the bottom of your screen for the numbers. (Sometimes it will read as 354.50 - that is fine, too.) If you want to use this head for your little girl blowing bubbles, make the head layer about 166x166 and place it near the top of the screen. There are no set rules - this is more of a guideline.

    Add another vector layer, naming it Face. Using the same settings and ellipse, draw a smaller circle within the first.

    Move it down so that the two bottom lines of the circles are one on top of the other.

First two layers


    For this tutorial, I will show how to make the flip hair style

    Activate your head layer, click on the top node. Handles will appear. Pull down on each of them to pull in some of the roundness. This will leave a point at the node, so change the node to symetric and tap on your down arrow 3-5 times.

    Add a node on each side approximately where you see them circled in the screen shot.

Add nodes

    Change both nodes to cusp, and tap with the left arrow on the left node about 3 times. Then use the top of your handle to pull the line back to towards the head a small amount. Repeat this process.

    Time to add more nodes. First add one a short distance from the pointy node, then add another a short distance from the other you just added - going up the side of the head. These will be making the flip curl.

    You also need to add a couple below the pointy node to make the bottom of your curl.

Flip nodes

    Play with your nodes until you have the flip looking the way you want it. Then do the same on the right side!

    If you have to add more nodes to get the shape you want, that is fine. I next activated my face layer, and using the object selector tool, moved my face down some so that her flip will be a short one. You might want to bring down the top of your head circle so it isn't a "poofy" look, but you can decide that after you get your hair line arranged on your face.


    Activate your face layer, clicking on your top node. Make sure it is in the cusp mode. Pull each end of the handles down until you get the "wave" of hair framing the face as you want it to appear. You can always narrow the face a bit by using the object selector tool and moving the sides in a few pixels. This is up to you. Remember, this is supposed to be a little girl, and children are rounded!

Face hair shape

    I clicked on each of my side nodes of the face and moved them in 3-5 clicks - this retained the roundness, but gave a bit more width to the hair.


    Now it is time to fill in our colors. If you want to use a brown, I found that #684a47 makes a pretty brown. You can make the hair any color you want though.

    For the face, I used a light pink - #fbc5c5.

    Now that we have our face and hair finished - unless you want to play with the nodes a bit more, we can now save each layer to our shapes folder so that we can use them again. Be careful what nemes you name them as to save them.

    Here is what the head and face looks like at this point.

Ready 4 details


    If you want to make this into a girl blowing bubbles, please go back to my first tutorial for the rest of the directions. I did use a different shade of pink for the face here, though, so you will want to use this same shade and the cutout shading on your other body parts with that tutorial.

    Time to add details to our face.

    Activate your face layer, go to Selections/Select All. Selections/Float. Effects/3D Effects/Cutout. Use the following settings. Leave the marching ants on.


    Repeat the cutout, changing the V&H to -5 (minus 5). Deselect.

    Activate your hair layer, apply the same cutout with both settings, using the shadow color #2d1311. This won't show up strongly, but will be a subtle addition.


    Activate your face layer, add a new vector layer, naming it eyes. I always zoom in to about 200% or more so I can see it easier for this detailing.

    Once again, using your ellipse with the same settings as before, Foreground/stroke - black; background/fill - white. Draw a small oval for where you want the eye to be. Once you have the size you want, convert to a raster layer and add a new vector layer - no need to name this layer.

    Using the same color for both the foreground and background, we are drawing the inner eye. I wanted a light blue this time, so used #9799f5.


    Convert this layer to a raster layer, then right click on it, Merge/Merge down. This will combine the two layers with the name eye.

    Duplicate this eye layer and mirror it. Using your mover tool, move both eyes to where you want them placed. Then rename each eye as L eye and then R eye.


    Activate your L eye. Add a new raster layer, name it Lashes.

    Using your pen tool, freehand, foreground/stroke - black; background/fill - null - draw some eye lashes around your left eye.

    Duplicate this lash layer and mirror it. Move the duplicated layer above the right eye. Right click and Merge/merge down. Do the same merge down with your other lashes and the left eye.

    Activate your left eye layer, add a new raster layer, naming it hi light.

    Using your air brush - size-10; hardness-25; step-25; density-50; opacity-100 - with white in your foreground/stroke, spray two spots on the edge of your inner part of the eye.

    Adjust/Blur/Gaussain blur - 2.

    Repeat all of this for the right eye. You can again do the merge down to make the eye parts all one layer for each eye.


    Activate your face layer, adding a new raster layer - name it nose. Using your pen tool, freehand, foreground/stroke - black; background/fill - null - draw a small half circle. This is where having it zoomed to 200% really helps, as you can draw a very squiggly line and it will turn out perfect!

    Add a new raster layer (top of nose layer), naming it mouth. Again use your pen tool, freehand with the same colors, unless you want to change your mouth to a shade of red - draw a mouth.

    With the mouth layer active, add a new raster layer, naming it cheeks. Using your air brush with these settings: size-35; hardness-25; step-25; density-50; opacity-100. Foreground/stroke - #ff40ff, a bright pink.

    Spray once on each side. Adjust/Blur/Gaussian blur-10.

    For this tutorial, your little girl face and hair are finished! Congratulations!

Brown hair girl final

    Here are some other variations in hair style for the little girl.

Another Brown Hair Girl     Blonde short hair     Flip Hair Girl

    Here is a variation on the hair style with the rest of the body added, using directions from the first tutorial on the Little Girl figure.

Girl Brown Hair Pigtails

    You can now either go to the first tutorial and do the rest of the body, or you can just resize her and export her as a jpg and use her as is. You can also tube her, so that you can use her in tags.


Little Girl with animation

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