14 Skin tex­ture

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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.

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