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Braiding Tutorial Reference by ConceptCookie Braiding Tutorial Reference by ConceptCookie
The Braiding Reference by Tim Von Rueden (vonn):
Check out the full post on Braided with an exercise handout included HERE:…

This week I've been working with learning the different techniques artists use to create the braided pattern, as I found out there were many. Rather than only choosing one, three examples of the process were included in this Braided Reference resource that was created to help out with creating your own braids. As noted, the ones with the "X" above them aren't wrong, just inaccurate. In comics, manga, animation, or any media that relies on quick paced results, braids that are simplified are often used, hence why they are not wrong.

The different ways to create the braid are as follows

  1. Repeated Shape - Create that shape with three pointed corners and a smooth one, and repeat it down the line while mirroring the shape on the opposite side.
  2. Zig-Zag Pattern - First draw a tight zigzag going down the line you want the braid to fall on. Then create a curved line going upwards until you meet with the "stopping point"
  3. Curved Live - I would consider this one the most difficult but it's when you draw a curved line in sequence and then repeat it on the opposite side, not mirrored, but slightly higher or lower. Finish it off with the zigzag going down the center to connect the two!

Lastly, it's important to note that the braided pattern can be used for more than just hair. You can see the pattern in weaponry, armor, tiles, and within various other patterns. It's not just for girls either. If you look at even newer fantasy movies like the Hobbit, both the dwarves and elves are lavished with braids intermingled in their hair.

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LittleMissWesker Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so happy to have found this! :wow:
Braids are a real big problem of mine & this tutorial/Reference Sheet is extremely helpful!
Thank you for sharing this! :)
Say-Erizabesu Mar 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Woah, I really needed this! It's really great!
QueenTiara Mar 22, 2014  New member Student
Lately my sister tried to make a braid made up of braids. How would I draw that? LOL
Great technique points. Thanks!
TheUmagineer Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks a billion~
missy28 Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Omgosh thank you for the ref this is so helpful.Hug 
This. This will be so very very helpful. Thank you so much.
Caro-Kitty Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've been looking for a good braid tutorial for a long time now. Thank you for sharing this, it is very helpful! 
Eitvys200 Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
SpotlightHello, your work(-s) were featured here Spotlight

Stay perfect,
SRockJustAnArtist Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nice! pity that I have not seen before your drawing. Yesterday it would have served very much :( (Sad) 
well... all you do is awesome
YES! +fav for learning!
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