14 Skin texture
The skin is obviously an important element in a portrait painting, and a common mistake is to make it look flawless. It’s relatively simple to paint clean, soft-looking skin, but if you’re not careful your character will end up looking like a plastic doll, and besides nobody has perfect skin. To avoid this, I start with a textured base and use a Soft brush with a little grain texture to recreate the skin’s irregularities. I also add some dots of light to create pores, particularly on the nose and around the eyes.