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Skin Tutorial by acidlullaby Skin Tutorial by acidlullaby
Skin is fascinating, this is not a skin tones tutorial but more of a skin optics kinda thing. Btw I never went to art school or whatever, so erm, this is not the absolute word on the topic, just a collection of thoughts.

For info about what brushes I use check out the Blending Tutorial:[link]

I'm using Photoshop CS2 and Wacom Intuos 2 for this.

Edit: apologies to those of you who are freaked out by the little skin balls, hahahahaha, sorry really
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Given 2011-03-26
Skin Tutorial by *acidlullaby has been suggested to me by at least three people over the past few months to receive a Daily Deviation feature. Here's what each suggester said about this wonderful tutorial:

=Darkmind-Pathfinder says, "It's not a new deviation, but IMO one of the best skin tutorials available. The deviant not only explains how to digitally paint realistic skin (incl. skin pores), she also added some extras, such as bruises, scars and veins, which make this tutorial really special."

~its-raining-fish says, "This tutorial is very simple, yet extremely helpful for an artist of any medium to get a grasp on human skin- I really think it deserves a DD!"

=grilledudder says, "I think this tutorial is very easy to understand and very helpful. This helped me so much and I even learned a lot of information that I didn't know before!"

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MoonlitDreamer13 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Student General Artist
Thank you! I will be using this to help me!
mateusboga Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017   Digital Artist
this is a great tutorial, thank you for making this!
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017
LiaLeyZZ Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it! <3
Mad-Hatman Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Love this!
RendSky58 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is very helpful
Thanks for the tutorial
Astro8Dog Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Student Artist
wwwPaiThancom Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016   Artist
Thank you!
YuuliSAH Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student General Artist
gracias!!! :D this is genial  :ansioso:
Novakoala Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Gunna be honest, the skin orbs are pretty unnerving ఠ_ఠ
iamsagoe Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016
Great tutorial. One of the best I've seen. KEEP IT UP. May you live long to do more. Thank you.
Hupernic Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
Thak you very much! Great job! Great passion! I was upset for thinking that my wacom intuos 3 wasn't enough to achieve a great work! Thank you! I love you! 
creationtakesun Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic, thanks !
LadyShallandra Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! :D
EllliMacJay12 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
Thanks For Sharing it!:happybounce: 
Kitti606 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Points for including bruises and veins and stuff. I've never seen that done before. :D
nanna95K Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015   Writer
this is great! its so easy to understand and learn from. when i think about it its really easy and simple teqnices sut it looks super acuret and realistic .
good jobb :3
Colutea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for sharing this!
MelloryUchiha Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My God ! This Tutorial is so amazing!! I love the meatballs! Little Pixel Heart
But seriously, this is one of the very best Tutorials I've seen so far (and I looked up maaaaaaaaaany!).
Thank you for sharing your knowledge. la in love 
unlimitedsaga Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It's very helpfull tutorial. thank you so much!
Aerite Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the tutorial! I've been wanting to try painting realistically for a while now. The extras are amazing!
Bantirat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is very helpfull
Iriazz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is super helpful!! I have an art contest at my school and Im drawing a girl, I was having difficulties coloring her skin but with this it will be perfect!!!!!😀😀😀😆
arkrilik2000 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is nothing but amazing and extremely detailed! Thanks!
Chameleonist Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow... I just might use some of these techniques... Thank you!
Majorfreedom Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial :D,
it's clear and helpful, thx ><
Gryphinlover Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Only the last one freaked me out.. XD
Hyenax Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it took me a while to realise that lightening a colour means you have to saturate it, since white is the absence of colour. thanks for uploading :)
ChikaZuri Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work, and very helpful.
fschreder Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student General Artist
BEST skin tutorial I've ever seen!
Thanks a million!
IrontwistFiM Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Student Filmographer
The skin balls were terrifying, but this tutorial was awesome!
Abramelin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
This was probably the best explanation on how to paint skin that I've seen. Thank you!
Rhyzue Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! how do you blend?
hjordang Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very instructive!! Thx!!+fav +fav +fav +fav 
7Guavas Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student General Artist
We're not worthy...We're not worthy...We're not worthy... :D Incredible! Dedication prooves better than Education sometimes! ;)
thefidler Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
some people just have talent and don't need school to express it.  Thank you for this helpful piece.
Celuthien Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This really is an incredibly helpful tutorial. Thank you very much
MrsNES Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Oh my gosh, why are you so fabulous!
jowcordeiro Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I simply don't get bored of seeing this tutorial. That's a really REALLY awesome tutorial. :ahoy:
RenZeyu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Very helpful tutorial 
Sushiabbot123 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
this is one of the best tutorials I have seen!! keep it up :)
r3gulus Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful!
nondev Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
I noticed SSS so many times but had no idea how to call it or how it worked in detail. Thanks for sharing!
One thing baffles me, though. I'm color picking photos and illustrations and your skin balls too, but shadow areas still have higher saturation than light. 
I'm confused. Can you explain this to me? Thank you so much, again!
AbdouBouam Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, it will help me texturing my 3d models ;)
wesai Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helped me a lot, thanks!
BrokenBrookieCookie Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this! It's the most helpful tutorial I've found!
fuad-mddin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
this is awesome~
SkullWitch57 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best tutorials I've found for skin.
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