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::Painting Skin Textures:: by BikerScout ::Painting Skin Textures:: by BikerScout
The first of, what I hope will be, a series of tutorials focusing on various elements involved with digital painting.

Any questions, feel free to ask. :aww:


:bulletblue: Digital Painting - Black & White Portraits
:bulletblue: Paintings featured in this tutorial: Elisha Cuthbert, Bono & Megan Ewing
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DigitalDreams-Art Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for this great tutorial :clap:
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. Hope you find it helpful. :thanks:
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KL--RC Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Perfect just what I needed ^^
Can I love you?
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:iconbikerscout:
BikerScout Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha glad it's useful to you! :aww:
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eldesertor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thanks for do and upload that tutorial. Your works are quite amazing!
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:iconbikerscout:
BikerScout Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome - glad you like it. And thanks. :thanks:
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gisela1910 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your tutorial it is much appreciated. I am learning digital painting it makes life easier to see how it's done from the beginning.
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If it helps you, then I achieved what I set out to do. :thanks:
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:icongisela1910:
gisela1910 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Yes you have achieved what you've set out and more we all appreciated your generosity.

Your painting tutorials has made it less scary for me to try digital paint which I have a great interest of. I thought I never be able to digital paint when I look at the works of Professional Artist like yourself but you've made it possible for me to be able to try digital painting can't thank you enough.

Very helpful for newbies
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:iconbikerscout:
BikerScout Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you like the videos, they're on YouTube aswell with some music to help the time pass quicker! lol [link] :aww:
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gisela1910 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Thank you so much you've made me very happy and know I can achieve the impossible because I am no artist at all in anyway.
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FredStesney Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Just tried the dodge and burn technique. Bingo!
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:iconbikerscout:
BikerScout Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! There are so many ways of achieving similar effects, but sometimes one tends to click more than another. Glad you found it helpful! :w00t:
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:iconfredstesney:
FredStesney Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012   Digital Artist
I figured that those tools were just for the real photo retouchers. And, because I didnt say it in my last message, thanks!
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:iconbikerscout:
BikerScout Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's easy to get mixed/unwanted results with Dodge & Burn but a bit of practice with the settings and you'll be golden. :aww:

And you're more than welcome. :thanks:
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tekkoontan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so there is not just 'one' texture color eh? i used to keep using one color for the whole skin and it doesnt turn out realistic. after i see this tutorial, i realize you need to use lighter color for lighter skin part and darker color for skin areas that are darker (mid tones and shadows)
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:iconbikerscout:
BikerScout Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You can probably get by with one single colour, but the wonders of skin & light reflection mean that there's hardly ever just the one. There will be colours that are so subtle you wouldn't even think to use them. Experiment. :aww:
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Sheep0989 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
either i don't have the patience or skills to use the correct colors, or i just suck period. i can't figure out how yours looks way better than mine.
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:iconbikerscout:
BikerScout Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's all about understanding lots of different things - colour is just one of them. Blending, tone, contrast, form - it takes a while to grasp them all effectively. Yes, patience is important. Computers help make things a lot easier, there's no doubt, but knowing how to control the computer and make it do what you want is key.

I'd recommend watching some of my painting videos, especially the Big Red Speedpaint, featuring Hellboy. From start to finish took 1 hour and the videos are slow enough to be able to follow. It might help you see the stages involved & a bit of my process. It makes explaining how I paint a lot easier too!

Hope that's useful to you & cheers for looking at my stuff. :thanks:
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Sheep0989 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
sweet i'll check it out
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure you're already heard this a few times over the last few years, but you're awesome. Nice stuff.
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers, fella. :thanks: You've got some great stuff in your gallery. :thumbsup: We've followed the same path it seems - starting off with pencil, then venturing into digital. How are you finding the transition?
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks!
I'm finding it fairly smooth, and digital work is expanding my skills far faster than pencil ever did. Some people find learning the programs and techniques difficult from a traditional background, but I had no such issues. How about you?
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here really. :nod: I worked with pencil for a long long time - maybe 24 years or so - before I even considered digital work. When I was at school, computers weren't an option as it was all such new technology.

Having that solid foundation of the understanding of lights & darks, working detail to the right level... it all came in so handy when I started to make the transition. Admittedly I don't draw with graphite anywhere as often as I should, but I like to keep my hand in.

My heart belongs to pencils, I think. :aww:
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I had a greater pencil base in some areas, like anatomy and sketching, but I'm far too impatient to stick to them. I worked seriously in pencil for about a year before going digital.

Lately, I've been finding myself turning to more custom brushes when I need to detail, and the painstaking, hand-painting has faded into the background a bit, which I'm a bit uncomfortable with. I definitely need to be doing more pencil work as well.

Whenever I do get around to pencil work (I'm doing a montage of faces slowly right now) I remember how wonderful they are. I love pencils too haha.
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The best advice I can give, if you're looking to develop & maintain
your own style, is to limit your use of custom brushes - at least
other people's custom brushes. It just takes that individualism
out of your work. :)
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I aaalways build my own, and when people ask me for mine, I always encourage them to develop their own as well :D
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Eisblueten Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist
Thank you very much for this tutorial!
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I hope it's useful. :thanks:
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PrincessBee22 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, come help this group out!! :D

#HumanArtReference
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gimildenn Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i had been wondering how to make a good skin texture for a long time
you have my thanks :la:
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad you found it useful! :clap:
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Kre8tiv-Koncepts Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Thank You
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:iconbikerscout:
BikerScout Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. Hope it comes in handy. :aww:
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troniclove Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
should've found that muuuuch sooner! its a great help! (: awesome
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you found it helpful. :thanks:
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weirdness-is-cul Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
this is rly useful, thank you soooo much!! :tighthug:
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:iconbikerscout:
BikerScout Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool - hope you find it helpful! :w00t:
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TJPMcM Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Really good tutorial, and many simple but effective tips especially the duplicate display window, this is a much easier way rather than zooming every few seconds.:D
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:iconbikerscout:
BikerScout Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so useful! Can't remember how I found out about the duplicate window thing but it's become something of a lifesaver. Glad you found it helpful! :D
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LandriAker Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wow, reading this makes me need to go back to my digital paintings to apply these. I'm so happy to have run across this tutorial. Thanks.
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much - glad you've found it helpful! :boogie:
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Kimjuni2 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You made my day, really this is awesome!

Although i tried it, but it won't work by me, cause it seems i suck at it.
can you make a vid tutorial of it ?
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:iconbikerscout:
BikerScout Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've made quite a few videos already. You can find them here --> [link] Big Red & Bigger Red both use this technique so hopefully they will help. :aww:
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Kimjuni2 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thnk you i sure will try it, thanks :hug:
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Nghtmaresindrome Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Student General Artist
just the thing I was looking for! thank you so much for makin it.
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. Hope it comes in handy. :aww:
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Lakija Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank YOU! :worship:

GOD!!!! I was so tired of looking at tutorials about skin texture that were just extremely very unhelpful in every way possible.

My painting was really making me unhappy, and I realized it needed some texture because my subject has distinctive skin marks and such. Thank yooooooooooooooooooooooooooooou!!!!! :iconlakija::iconthanksplz:
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope you find it useful! :thanks:
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Lakija Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I don't know if you like bothering with this sort of thing, but here is the painting I did using your technique for the first time.

I think I was at least somewhat successful. ^^;
[link]
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