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Skin Coloring Tutorial by BloodlineV Skin Coloring Tutorial by BloodlineV
This is how I color skin in my anime styled drawings. :iconadachimurdersplz:
I dunno if this'll help anyone but imma upload it anyway.

I don't feel that verbal today so there's probably tons of typos and such.
I know that many had hoped a drawing tutorial not a coloring tutorial, but asdfgh these things take so much time to make, anatomy tutorials even more, so I can't really promise when I'll get one done.

Coloring Tutorial Part 2:

Paint Tool SAI basics tutorial:

tutorial,art, my OC EvİMe
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confused-pinapple Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
any idea on how to do this in photoshop?
advice appreciated!!!
alvinor Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2019  New Deviant
You can't really blend well on Photoshop so that's why Sai was recommended :)
LucielRose Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Student General Artist
 Thank you for the tutorial.Heart Love Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] 
I learn a lot.Bunny Emoji-87 (Thanks) [V5]
onehitpoint Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Student General Artist
Oooh thats helpful your honestly amazing! Thankie!
LushiiKawaii Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Student Artist
uhmm.. doyou have tutorials for mouse users?? :)
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
Sorry I don't :)
Animangie Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! You are amazing!
tinystrawberry Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for this tutorial! I just started to learn how to draw last year, and I have a tablet a tablet i had for two years that I got as a Christmas gift, but never really used it for drawing. I am now learning how to draw digitally, and boy oh boy it's a different ball game. Color scares me but this tutorial put myfears at ease, thank you ^-^
Shesan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
HeEY HEYY HEY!!! I used your tutorial on my drawing!!!
Check it out if you like :…
I gave you a credit
Thx for the tutorial again!! Llama Emoji-01 (Laughing) [V1] 

SoulCharizard Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
For the tools needed for the shading, what were the configurations?
PKMNNatural Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2015
Do you have the color codes for the skin?

Also, I don't seem to have a marker in Photoshop CC, do you know where I could get one?
SamArcade Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
can you give me the palettes for the skin color??? 
panpakapan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
save the image, open, color dropper and put it on your other canvas.
simply-an-otaku Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
I'm using mouse...but it's really helpful.
Thanks :)
ShadowingX Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm curious what you're marker settings are because i find default marker too light for shading but can't get it dark enough without loosing the fade out effect.
zeromythos5 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry wrong person :I 
zeromythos5 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just keep doing it
briskyart Featured By Owner Edited Jun 11, 2015  Student Interface Designer
I'll try this out later today! :D Thanks so much for the tut! ^_^ It looks so easy to do, yet, it takes so much tiiime. . .

rainbow cry 

But your artwork is stunningly beautiful!! CURSE YOU! 
ImALoneRedRover Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Tank you so much this helped a lot :D
Adrian1002 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! :D
DiggzR Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
......I'm using a laptop, not a tablet. I is a rebel! >:D
sweetvayne Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Lol I think she meant for people who use graphic tablets not an actual tablet
DiggzR Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know that's what she meant xD

I called myself a "rebel" because I used something other than a tablet. And sadly I still am ;-;
YaTo-5 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Koyeski Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
This actually helped me :V Ty sm
CorvoPls Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
God, this helped me so much haha Thanks!!
darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need advice, so im drawin kurumi tokisaki and she is a very pale character. I tried sampling skin tones off of other pictures of her to be accurate but when i use them they dont look right she looks like she has a really abnormal skin color how can i get better skin tones?
KittySpirit99 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I desperately need your help, I've accidentally changed the settings for my blur tool and I can't get correct them back to the way I had them previously, would be so kind as to possibly tell me your settings for your blur tool? I'm asking you specifically because your shade style is closest to my own. Your help would be extremely appreciated. :)
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Okay here are my settings: (the names for these might vary depending on the version of SAI you're using)
Density: 100
Blending: 100
Dilution: 100
Persistence: 80
Smoothing Prs: 100

I change these occasionally myself so I don't if you find them helpful or not.
Buttea Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Sooooo helpful *A*
TimidOtakuGirl Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this! This really helps! :3
Zarras Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this awsome and well explained tutorial! I tried it today and I really could notice improvement right away!!
Asifdaking Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow! this is the most helpful tutorial Ive ever seen. So simple to understand, yet so beautiful!. You're so awesome!
How would you do skin tone for poc?
GoToSleepInc Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial has helped a noob like me soooo much 9-9) thank you *showers with gifts*
HasuReborn Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sai is not letting me color the skin layer when I put the skin layer underneath the lineart layer. :/ how did you get it to work that way ? I'm afraid if i do what I usually do and put the skin layer above the lineart layer this method won't work because I'd have to put the skin layer on the "multiply" setting to be able to see the lineart underneath the color

BloodlineV Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Hello, and so sorry for the late reply!
The skin layer and the lineart layer should not be connected in any way and so the order you put them in should not stop you from drawing on them.
So make sure that the layers are not clipped to any other layers and that the opacity lock isn't on.
HasuReborn Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sai is not letting color when I put the skin layer under the lineart layer. :/ how did you get it to work that way ?
ShadowingX Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You may have figured it but it could be your line art is not transparent that is if you downloaded it from the internet.
HasuReborn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I figured out how to do it some time a go ha ha :D but thanks!
Zunachina Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Um…. HOW DO YOU DECIDED WHICH COLOURS TO USE!? and what's ambient light? and how do you decided where to put highlights?
Slusshie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful X3
BiGeurae Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Artist
thank u :) !
Ellumy-sshi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
your tutorials are helpful! thanks!
QueenieBui Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
step one : have an awesomely drawn picture. Dammit queenie try again
FutureWombat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That outfit looks like the outfit Kairi wears in Kingdom Hearts :3 
moe-chii Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um, I was just wondering...Where is the light source in the example? The upper right corner?
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
The main light source is in front of her, and there's also many ambient light sources around her.
stateofgrace01 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks for posting... um... how do you erase the other bits? you know when you color everything and there's excess outside the lineart O.O how do you take that out 
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
No prob. ^^
Just use the eraser tool and manually erase the extra bits.
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