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Digital Semi-Realism Skin Tutorial by TheComicStream Digital Semi-Realism Skin Tutorial by TheComicStream
UPDATE:
This is the main tool for blending I used, also used this solely for step E. :) ---> [link]
I've updated it since then, but this is how it was when I used it for this tutorial. Hope that helps. :D


A friend of mine kept telling me about how they were unsatisfied with their painting skills. And so I was inspired to do this, even though I'm not so sure I should be giving advice in this depth to anyone. ono" I'm still learning how to paint myself. My friend isn't the only reason I decided to do this, however. I remember when I first tried my hand in semi-realism and I went scouring the world wide web looking for tutorials. I found very few, and the one that had the most potential didn't make a whole lot of sense to me and my paintings came out horrible because of my lack of understanding. This tutorial has obvious facial errors and isn't of the highest quality, but hopefully it's easy to understand (assuming you can understand my chicken scratch) and gives you a proper grasp of the basics. It's, in short, just a sketch rendered in skin tone, colored in, then blended. A process repeated with different colors until it looks natural. I did a mysteriously gendered character for you in Paint Tool Sai, but I'm more than certain that this process can be completed with any other digital medium as well. Happy painting, I hope my derpy drawing helped! :]
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glimmerinthedark Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
thank you so much for this! This helped me so much! 
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful, dear!
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Renttelb17 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is probably the easiest to follow amazing skin tutorial I've ever seen - THANK YOU SO MUCH OMG
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you think so! :hug:
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Trubidulo3 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
thanks it helped a lot!
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful! :hug:
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FenHung Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your tutorial here (though I don't really compare to you in any way): fav.me/d7e97yo
Thank you very much for your amazing tutorial! \(^^)/
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you liked my tutorial!
I really enjoy your piece, the colors are very beautiful. :D
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FenHung Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that makes me really happy! And thanks again! ^^
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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Koshkinastya Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Its amazing!!! Thank you)
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ilovekisshigo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
thank you for sharing!
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Rozara Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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maryemm57 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for posting it! So helpful.
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YokaiTenshi95 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This helped me sooo much! :D
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Kohaya7Kae-13 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think your explanations are short BUT straight to the point. :D
So thank you for this so much!! :love:
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AnimeART-by-Ari-a Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this will really help in the future!! thank you@

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BakaXingXing Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you <3
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kimmymice Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very good tutorial!!
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thatstranger95 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sweet and simple, I like it! There were some good tips in here, thanks! :)
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad it could help! :hug:
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thatstranger95 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Of course :)
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist

I used this tutorial for this drawing of mine!

 

Thanks! It was really helpful <3

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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking good! :D 
Glad it could help! :heart:
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww:
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iheartwinky Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really awesome!
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you!
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iheartwinky Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome!
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GoldenBurntSummers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm a bit stupid, but what tool would be best for blending?
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In Sai I use the regular brush tool now. Though, for that one I used the watercolor tool.
I no longer use a 'fuzzy brush', and I no longer use the one listed in comments.
[link] I like to use this for blending, I've used it a lot before but it isn't my only method anymore. ^^; I just like to use regular brushes with softer/diluted or lowered opacity settings, not smear or blur settings. If you need the square brush here you go! [link]
But if you prefer the look of the fuzzy one it's in artist comments, it's a watercolor brush to answer your question. Sorry, that was a bit long! :D
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koushe Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i'll defenitely try this one! thank you a lot for such an easy-to-get tutorial! ^o^
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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Bersenev Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial *^*
It really helped a lot :3 even if I think I have to practice this methode more ^^"
[link]
well maybe you want to see how it turned out :3

Thanks again
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, yeah, thanks for showing me!
I have to say that I took a peek at the rest of your gallery, too, and this has to be the best one to date. It's a good start to the technique, you should keep it up! :D
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GertrudeFin Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thanks for sharing! :D
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad it could help you! :D
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GertrudeFin Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too! This is perfect because I have to do a portrait of someone for my art class and now I'm confident it will turn out great! :D
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart: That's great! I'm glad my tutorial could help you feel more confident. Good luck on your assignment. :D
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GertrudeFin Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3
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GertrudeFin Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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barananduen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013   General Artist
This is cool :D I'm just getting into digital painting myself and I've been doing it somewhat differently, but it's really cool seeing what other methods are out there and your end result looks pretty awesome. :D I like that it's not overly technical / program-specific, so that anyone who has SAI, Gimp (I have Gimp) or whatever, not just PS, can try it too without much "translation" trouble, so that's really cool. You also explained it really well and it's easy to follow. :D And no worries that the writing is easy to read, no problem! :D

Just a question - Going from step F to G, what layer mode did you use on F when you combined the two? Just normal layer mode and blend, or did you do overlay or multiply for the layer mode on F?
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad it could help you! My process is a bit different now, but the basics are the same.
I used normal layers for the entire thing. :)
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barananduen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013   General Artist
Thank you for sharing your methodology! :D and thanks also for answering the question about the layer mode
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Happy to help. :D
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NekoHimi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
Thanks for the helpfull tutorial:D
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sabishiita Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very lovely and helpful. Although I am a Photoshop user I think that this can be easily translated. So thank you very much. ^^
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TheComicStream Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, should be I think. :) Just need a blender that works for you. Happy drawing, glad to help. :hug:
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sabishiita Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. You are so kind. ^^
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