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Skin Tutorial - V1 by Packwood Skin Tutorial - V1 by Packwood
Well, this is by request as there’s been a number of you asking for a tutorial on how I paint skin, so here goes!
I use Photoshop CC and a Wacom tablet (Intuos5)

Full painting and Other Tutorials:


YouTube Speed Painting here [link]
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:iconkathrynloch:
kathrynloch Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Professional Writer
hehe! I love your comment about the photo reference and drawing a horse. I know horses like the back of my hand having owned them and drawn them since I was a little kid. But when I paint my realistic equine sculptures - I always, always use a photo reference. No matter how well you think you know something - references always pay off. ;) Great tut! Thanks!
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome... keep up the good work ;)
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linaxu836 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
wow so realistic
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:iconmarlythetiger:
MarlyTheTiger Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for that, it's very helpful !

But I've one question left :
What type of color do you use ? What Swathes ?
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, I often make up some swatches for each individual piece of work. Often use colours from the reference photo or alter the colours if, as in this case, want an overall different look. As I progress in the painting, the colours are often picked from the work itself rather than swatches.

Over 2013 when I began really getting into Digital art, I've moved from straight copying a reference photo, to painting it different. I'm still working on getting to the stage where I can do a photo-realistic painting with no reference whatsoever... Now that would be a challenge! ;)
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:iconmarlythetiger:
MarlyTheTiger Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ... All right then.
I didn't think of it that way. It's obviously the best way to match the original.
So, I'll do my best with your advices. Thank you very much !

I hope to improve like that, to make more "fantasist" portrait, to find my own style one day. ((( Fingers crossed ! ))) And at the end, complete the Ultimate Challenge. ^^

Anyway, good luck with all your project. I'll be waiting to see more from you. =D
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MasoudBahal Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Gr8:)
thank you.
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guruakki Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SUPERB////////
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Gary-Strudwick Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Excellent tutorials :) 
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K3TCHUM Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This was very helpful!
I combined some of your tutorials with some others as I drew Ellen Page and it turned out soo great!! Thank you soo much for sharing!
If you're interested in seeing the result this tutorial gave me, the pic's on my page ^^ <3
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet! Your 'Ellen Page' turned out really good, you're definitely advancing in your skills :)
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DeadPoetic17 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this helped me but, how many hours does the skin coloring takes you?
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet, yeah, the skin would probably be the hardest part of a portrait to get right, right behind hair. I will spend probably a good 2*3 hours getting the skin looking right before starting eyes etc. But then I continue to work on the skin throughout if I'm not happy with it. 

If you look at the YouTube video, and realise it's about 10 hours compressed down to 2 minutes, you'll get a feel for how long I spend on the skin.
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:icondeadpoetic17:
DeadPoetic17 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, skin is what I love the most but I wonder why 10 hours? :wow: approx?
( anyways thanks from the comment :) )
Goodness why 10 hours OwO hohoho
I have never experienced to color realistic skin in my whole life, but semi-realistic, yes :) Well, Any a slight mistake it will be so much affected?

Thanks alot! ^w^
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
10 hours for the whole portrait ;)
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:icondeadpoetic17:
DeadPoetic17 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow.........
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:icondeadpoetic17:
DeadPoetic17 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am so glad that you use Photoshop CC! And I found this very very helpful!
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AVAGAX Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great job!
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anime-master-96 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
this is the best tutorial :D
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:iconocheechan:
ocheechan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
how u blend the colors?
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, just varying the opacity of the colour application (with Wacom pen pressure). I often paint very lightly, hardly perceptible when blending colour. For example, if you have a base skin tone and think it needs a little more red, I choose red, increase my brush size and paint a very faint application of red to give it just a tint. I find the blend tool that some people use not that great, cumbersome and it doesn't give a very nice result.
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Packwood Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, in my speed painting videos I often have to cut out a lot of footage because although I'm painting, you can hardly see any change (not great viewing, even when sped up). The first thee steps above probably span a minute, the next three about 10 minutes, the next 6 probably an hour and the last three about 8 hours.
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ocheechan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ok..i got it. thank you so much sir for your feedback.u have seen my work rite? i just can't believe in myself that i'm able to do digital portrait. now, i think i'm in love with digital portrait!. :)
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're doing very well. Keep it up! :)
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:iconxtr3mboy:
xtr3mboy Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Thank you so very very much!!
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CaoChiNhan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Thank you.
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Synergy83 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Tuts hun, thanks!
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome Hug 
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yasermohavi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How many layers you used in this tutorial sir?

I mean you mentioned a base color and a paint layer... you did the painting on just a layer?
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, I encourage you to watch the YouTube Speed painting video youtu.be/LNa-tpjVwwI

Mostly I use one layer for the background, one for the face, one for the hair and one for a sketch layer, all depends how complex I want to get.... I think the most I've used is about 120 layers :p
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yasermohavi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Using one layer for each part doesn't make it harder if you make a mistake?
some people use ( Base-shadow-light) layers and some like you use one and still the outcome is Great ,having hard time to figure out the numerous ways for painting, I guess I'm lost... 
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, with painting you always make mistakes but you continue to paint and fix it, or the undo key. Having too many layers can actually make it harder to paint, for example, you paint on a layer but a layer above obscures your painting. Sometimes I paint on a higher layer but then merge it with the layers below and continue to paint on the merged layer. Certainly learn to layers and layer masks.
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JaferAlbahli Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Hi Sir....
This tutorial Execellent and i want ask you about tools Use are
is You Use Only Brush ? Right ? and you press ( Alt ) to re coloring to mixingthe color all them thats right or im wrong
please repeat me

thanks
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, yeah, the eye-dropper tool to pick from your painting, pallet or reference. In my video, it may be too fast to see, but I'll be painting and then using eye dropper (ALT) click on the reference colour I want somewhere else in the face and then paint. With practice you get very fast and becomes like second-nature.
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evil0verlady Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!

Thanks for making this!
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Siocain Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

This was very helpful! Though I'm not able to draw somethig that good now... Well, I'll keep on practicing!

I like the way you write and draw very much, so I'll go and watch you! <?xml:namespace prefix = da />:happybounce:

Do you have an tutorial about drawing fur? If not, could you make one, please? Meow :3 

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MOo0o Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
stunning!!!!so helpfule
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet as! ;)
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jiggy1965 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Do you use your own custom set of skin color swatches, all with different shades of skin color? Or pick them with the eye dropper tool of the original photo? Or just use the color sliders to visually get to the color you want to paint in?
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, both.
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iSaBeL-MR Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic!
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:iconpackwood:
Packwood Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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blackdahlia Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lovely and informative tutorial..thanks for posting! :3
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Zeitzbach Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tut, always had trouble starting the base part because I always start with a rather bright color as I don't really know how to color human skin. Seeing a step by step like this helps a lot.
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Jojemo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing this information. Although I don't have Photoshop or a Wacon tablet, I understand the steps you have outlined in your tutorial and I wanted to add it to my favorites. For those fortunate people who do have them, your information will be very helpful.
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Hey! :wave:
Your tutorial has been featured in my latest article: Tutorial Tuesday #7!
I'd love if you could take a look and support your fellow wallpaper artists! :la:
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Packwood Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Heaps for the Feature! :D
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