Finished product can be found here: [link]
Hahah my first tutorial!!! Sorry about the horizontal layout- I hope it doesn't confuse people too much... e_e
This covers how I paint skin, faces, hair, etc, using a wip with tips and directions from the piece, Of Green and Gold. It's a BIIIIIG file, so please download to get all of the details. It's a bit rough since I've never made one, so feel free to ask questions if it's confusing. I did have fun making it, though. ^_^
One point to make: I'm a mouse painter, and am apparently retarded when it comes to using a tablet (tried on a friend's and failed miserably), but for tablet users, you can get away without using all those fuzzy brushes and blurring and whatnot a whole lot easier, since you have better control of your hand.) So if the smudging/blurring/etc techniques aren't working so well for you and you use a tablet, try avoiding them and see how it goes- it might make your picture a whole lot sharper and less mushy-looking.
Hope this helps, and I'll have a dragon: basics/anatomy/drawing/painting tut up, hopefully soon. Enjoy!
NOTE: it IS for photoshop, but I'm sure that you can compensate for certain brushes/techniques in Painter Pro, OpenCanvas, Jasc, and even traditional painting as well.
If you try it, feel free to send me a link so I can check it out!
UPDATE: Ohhhhh my goodness, guys, thank you sooo much for the wonderful comments and advice (I'll be 100% sure to make my next tutorial vertical- promise!). And I can't believe I got a DD T_T I feel so special...*cries* I really had no idea everyone liked my little tutorial so much, and I'm so incredibly grateful for all the support. <3
Thank you so, *SO* much for this tutorial! It was just the perfect amount of detail for me, focused exactly on the parts I needed (how to do a color portrait on a comp, not like, *how to draw* lol)
Here is my first full-color, fully digital painting as a result! <3 <3 <3