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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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HardcoreAPHfan Featured By Owner 57 minutes ago
Thank you! This is so helpful!
Kitti-Featherwolf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful, thank you!
PearOfDiscord Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  New member
Very helpful, thanks!
pauljs75 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good for knotwork also... I had some old stuff like this, but knot as pretty in the presentation.
OmmaXie Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see what you did there.
Dorinootje Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg I so needed this, I always do this the wrong way (the 3th from inaccurate) XD
thanks a bunch!
delacci Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Helpful! Thank you :D
jollyfrenchfry Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you so much wow
DimensionalTiger Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Thank you. You have no idea how hard it is to have me draw a braid.....this helps a lot.
moon-s-child Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
I love you so much for this... T-T thank you so much Exo : Crying Kai 
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