How to Create Skin Textures

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Creating nice and genuine skin textures is a nice challenge for someone who wishes to add some realism to a drawing. Any organic part of the human body, like skin, is made of irregular shapes and various tones of colors. 

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a simple skin texture in only five easy steps. Of course, you can always go a little further and do you own research if you wish to create more complex textures.

For this drawing lesson, I will use Painter Essentials 4 from Corel. If you want to start painting using a simple graphic software, this one is a very good choice!

Step 1

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First, fill your artwork's background with a single skin color. You can choose a lighter (or darker) tone if you wish.

Step 2

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For this step (and all the ones remaining), I will show you two images. The first one on the top will be an isolated layer of the changes that I have done for this particular step. The second image, on the bottom, is the result of this step and the previous ones put together. 

Like you can see on your top, for this particular step, I have added with a digital airbrush some subtle, darker spots of skin color. On the bottom, you can see that for now, the changes are quite minimal.

Step 3

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This step also shows a subtle change. Using a darker tone than the one used in the previous step, I have added a few darker spots to enhance some areas.

Step 4

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Now using a tone that is lighter than all the ones used so far, I have recovered most of the drawing using a digital brush. Be careful not to cover entirely the drawing, otherwise all previous steps will be useless!

Step 5

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Finally, to represent the roughness and the small lines visible on the human skin, I have drawn a few lines using a light tone of skin color. I voluntarily made this step more visible in the final image. 

But you can always use more subtle lines to create this effect if you think the lines are too visible. That's it! Creating simple skin textures isn't necessarily difficult. But if you need to create a large surface, you might need to use more variation and patterns to keep your skin realistic and genuine!

Hope you had fun with this tutorial and good luck!

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