In­tro­duce tex­ture to the skin

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I cre­ated the fa­cial fea­tures and ren­dered the skin tones on ad­ja­cent ar­eas to achieve bet­ter blend­ing and tran­si­tions. Th­ese tran­si­tions give the face a non-uni­form, nat­u­ral look. The brushes used on this tex­ture paint­ing process are ba­si­cally the Soft Air­brush and my cus­tomised Skin brush. I keep the Opac­ity of the brushes very low, around 10 per cent – a key re­quire­ment.

Start­ing on the hair

I se­lect the Soft Air­brush in Manga Stu­dio and paint large ar­eas of the hair, and add light and dark ar­eas to it. Then I de­fine sec­tions of the hair with the Wa­ter­color brush. Now that my hair base is in place, I trans­fer the im­age to Pho­to­shop and on a new Nor­mal layer I start ren­der­ing the strands us­ing the Soft Rounded stan­dard brush. The aim here is to cre­ate a sec­tion of strands that I’ll then ap­ply some fil­ters to, such as Gauss­ian Blur, Bal­ance Color and Feather, to achieve a nat­u­ral look.

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