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African Mask Lesson Step 7 - Stylizing the Hair

This step will help you to stylize the hair to finish off your African mask design.

African Mask Design Lesson - Styling the Hair1

On the light background draw a stylized design to represent hair or braids.

  • A straight, simplified, linear design is used here to contrast with the curves on the rest of the mask.

African Mask Design Lesson - Styling the Hair 2

Cut out the stylized hair braid, flip it over and place it onto the dark side of the design.

  • This completes the symmetry and is the final counterchange of the arrangement.

  • The layout of the mask is now complete.

African Mask Design Lesson - Step 2 - Designing the Nose 3

This illustration depicts some alternative styles of hair.

  • Note how each style has been reduced to a few simple lines.

  • Simplified features communicate quicker and have a greater visual impact than more detailed images.