I'm trying to figure out how to do a braided beard (fantasy dwarvish'ish style, a bit like this: http://dariofish.deviantart.com/art/Dwarf-Braided-Beard-Test2-409580675).

I am trying out the particle hair. But I can't really make it behave. Here's my results so far: enter image description here

A couple of things annoy me with this result: 1) Each individual strand looks too thick. 2) It's not braided very nice. 3) The two braids go in a strange direction towards the screen (can't really see that from the picture).

The guy over here made some results I think look much more even: Large Braids with Hair Particles But if I try to replicate his settings it all gets much worse.

Does anyone have an idea what I may be missing in order to get closer to the other SE posters results? His braid looks nice and even and the hairs are much thinner.

  • $\begingroup$ I doubt that the braids in your first link are done using particles. $\endgroup$ Nov 5, 2016 at 10:43
  • $\begingroup$ I agree. It was just to show what kind of result I was aiming for. $\endgroup$
    – Vanvid
    Nov 5, 2016 at 14:25

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Important stuff I missed was:

  • Use Simple children instead of interpolated for this
  • Lots of steps in render settings (using 9)
  • Cycles Hair Settings -> Thickness to get better looking hair (subjective, I know)
  • Other settings can be seen in image below.

enter image description here

Now I just need to figure out how to get rid of that fur-ball attached to the monkeys chin...


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