Now that I’ve done the character design for Chinyelu (for now, it could always change), I thought it might be nice to post a quick tutorial on how to make a short fro like hers in Inkscape.
When I first tried making a short fro, I used the method in my previous Afro tutorial, and it didn’t work very well at all. For very short styles, the individual curls aren’t as visible, so it’s better to just give an impression of how they look rather than actually drawing each hair.
Ok here’s how Chinyelu looks with no hair:
To start all we need to do is add the basic shape of the hair, closely following the contours of her head. Note that I have also added a slight blur (about 1.5). I also set the opacity to about 75% so her skin still shows through slightly. This can be adjusted depending on how long the hair is and what works for the image background and skin tone.
The “trick” to this is in the next step.