In the attached image you'll see a hair model made by Apachii (http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/10168/?) -a Skyrim modder. I downloaded all her hair files and have tried to reverse engineer her hair technique. It's extremely hard to replicate in Blender and I've probably seen every tutorial on the subject.

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I suspect the best approach would be to use bezier curves and then convert the curves to a mesh. I have two problems with this:

  1. how did she get the curves to lie so closely to one another without overlapping? Is there a way to snap bezier curves together so they hover above each at a set distance and never overlap?

  2. how did she unwrap all those bezier curves so beautifully (see image below).

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Here is a clearer image of the sort of hair technique I'm trying to master:

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    $\begingroup$ If you look closely they do overlap at times, overlapping should not be a big problem. My guess is that it is just done by hand, with lots of work and patience, I don't think there are many shortcuts $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Nov 1 '16 at 4:00
  • $\begingroup$ There are many good tutorials about creating polygon hair in Blender on youtube. The magic formula is always the same: patience and practice ;-) Take a look at this one (and don't get turned off by the pink theme; it's actually very good): youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Zj2H0UEes $\endgroup$ – metaphor_set Nov 1 '16 at 5:09
  • $\begingroup$ CGCookie has a tutorial using curves to create hair. I doubt the last example you show used curves. This can help with uv's. $\endgroup$ – sambler Nov 1 '16 at 9:23
  • $\begingroup$ Here's another link to a dev tutorial by s.o. who worked on "Rise of the Tomb Raider": tombraider.tumblr.com/post/131320726110/… $\endgroup$ – metaphor_set Nov 1 '16 at 11:07
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks guys! Time and patience it is. I found those two tutorials before, but I didn't think I could get results like the first image using those techniques. I'll give it another crack :) The UVSquares addon is useful, but in this case it didn't make all the hair strands the same size like in the above photo. Maybe it's a max or maya thing? $\endgroup$ – OwenAlexander Nov 1 '16 at 23:59

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