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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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the-manga-lover Featured By Owner 2 days ago
oh, this is amazing! you are incredible making this! it's always so hard trying to make a braid but this will help alot>!
zaboo17 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Yes, thank you!
GearArcana-No37 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cool dude, thanks! This will help me for my Character Design!
skymongol Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Furattii Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so very helpful! Great job! :clap:
StudioSavage Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student General Artist
I finally understand braids. Very good tutorial:D (Big Grin) 
skyblue000 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never really 'understood' how to draw braids until this. x) Thanks for sharing~~ :iconloveloveplz: 
Vibrant-Snow Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for this, Really helpful <3
HardcoreAPHfan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
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
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 
Akai-Yuri Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is really easy to understand, thanks for showing us! It will be very useful for me in the future.
Ennalissia Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful for me. I often draw braid and have came to get confused on how to do them. Thank you so much for this.
ChibiKera-chan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student General Artist
:facepalm: That makes so much sense. I never draw braids because I always draw them wrong. I understand what they should look like but my execution has been all wrong.

Thanks for the tutorial. It's extremely helpful. 
Hazelgee Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Plaits always drive me crazy, this is fantastically helpful! Thanks <3
LightningRaider Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
OMGosh! YES! Thank-you! <3
SpupahBouncyMaddie83 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student General Artist
You taught me how to braid hair *u* I feel so powerful now.
Silverbloodwolf98 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mind blowing thing- always had probs for weapon one xD never thought they are exactly same
GalaxyKitt3n Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student Artist
Bless your soul for this 
sakunohanagasa Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's really hard draw this.... you make it really easy xD
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear! 
Lostinlust17 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
Awesome Tutorial! ovo
InfernalMirror Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
This... oh hell. You changed my life.
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha this made me laugh when i first glanced at the comment. Hope this helps in future braiding! 
Pyroesque Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Braid within a braid….. Braidception. xD
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
O___O That's quite the hairy scenario 
Pyroesque Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha xD
Oh my, such puns. 
Very puny. 
DaOtiz Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
indigoatmosphere Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Certain little things in art, like drawing braids, feel like the definition of frustration! So thanks for this helpful tutorial :hug:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are most welcome!
LittleMissWesker Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional 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! :)
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear this is helping out!
Say-Erizabesu Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Woah, I really needed this! It's really great!
Aochiro Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student
Lately my sister tried to make a braid made up of braids. How would I draw that? LOL
Great technique points. Thanks!
TheUmagineer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks a billion~
HelenaRoseCross Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Omgosh thank you for the ref this is so helpful.Hug 
FreakyMeo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
This. This will be so very very helpful. Thank you so much.
Caro-Kitty Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
SpotlightHello, your work(-s) were featured here Spotlight

Stay perfect,
SRockJustAnArtist Featured By Owner 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
Voxejst Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
YES! +fav for learning!
SAI182 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist
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