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Hair Creation with Andreea Scubli

Intermediate, Theory, Practical


A 3-hour and 30 minutes very detailed breakdown of hair creation with Andreea Scubli.

We cover the following:

  • Specialists vs generalists in character art.
  • The life of a hair artist.
  • Reference gathering for hair.
  • The different levels of density of a haircard-based haircut.
  • Creating and baking hair texture sheets using Xgen.
  • How to create and use a hair cap.
  • How to place haircards on a head in Maya.
  • Haircards vs Grooms and the future of hair for games.

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  1. Harry Panourgias says:

    Thank you for the wonderful feature with Andreea – her expertise is really apparent within moments that the video starts and the entire process was really illuminating.

    I had a question about layering hair cards! What’s the best way to avoid clipping between the various layers of hair? Additionally, how many layers of hair should there generally be, assuming the polygon limitations are based on modern systems? I find that clipping is usually my biggest issue, both with the scalp and the individual layers. Thank you.

    1. Andreea Scubli says:

      Thank you for watching the video, Harry, glad you liked it. To answer your questions:
      1. Card clipping: Generally it’s just a matter of being careful and patient when layering the cards. There’s no quick way around it and it’s nearly impossible to have no clipping at all. So when it does happen I try to do it along the hair flow (along the length of the card texture considering root-tip). This way the card intersections get lost in the hair strand texture/shader detail.
      Sometimes it’s hard to see all the clippings while working, so for that I use a separate hair shader that has an extremely strong specular (because the specular and gloss basically highlight mesh clippings). I assign this to the hair once in a while as I work and it enables me to detect any potential card problems, so I can fix them.

      2. Hair layers: I usually go for 3-4 layers by default. Sometimes it can be slightly more than that if the hair is fuzzy and there’s a lot of flyaways for example. Other times it can be 2-3 layers if there’s a low density (more see-through) clump of hair for example.

      I hope this answers your questions 🙂

  2. Colby Autrey says:

    I second Larisa’s sentiments in that this was an incredibly insightful interview with Andreea. Not only did she share so much information about hair cards but did so with so much infectious enthusiasm and expertise! This was super helpful in helping me understand so much around what to consider for planning hair, information gathering, and some of the process of doing so. This was fantastic. Thanks to both Laura and Andreea as well as those who asked really great questions. Lots to learn here!

    1. Andreea Scubli says:

      Thank you for watching, I’m happy you liked it yey 🙂

  3. Larisa Beliaeva says:

    It was really really amazing to see the person who is so much enthusiastic about their specialized field. The lecture was very inspiring. Thank you, Laura and Andreea.

    1. Andreea Scubli says:

      Thank you for the nice words, Larisa, happy you enjoyed the video 🙂

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