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Yet Another Skin Tutorial! Part 1 -- Faces

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avatar hephep
Level 17 : Journeyman Dragonborn
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Remember that skin/shading tutorial I made a while ago? Let's redo it!
So, you want to create your face first? Let's get started.
Step 1
First you'll want to outline your eyes. I usually also draw in the whites and fill in the color I want for skin to get started. The pale skin color I used here is #fffcfa.
Skin colors!
Here are some colors I usually use! I like to use more orange-y tones because they're very warm and pleasant.

Step 2

This is how I shade my faces. First you'll want to add a blush in the middle, which I usually make the same size as the eye whites. I try to make my faces look as realistic as possible. I like to keep the forehead and mouth area light and the sides of the cheeks and forehead dark. Make sure to hue shift! There are plenty of resources online, but my favorites are these two.

Step 3

Next we're going to pick our eye color. This should be pretty easy if you know what you want to do! For this tutorial I'm going ot go with this pretty sky blue: #95e0f4

Step 5Here's a little guide on shading in general!
Shift red to orange if you're highlighting and shift to purple if you're shading.
Shift orange to yellow if you're highlighting and shift it to red if you're shading.
Shift yellow *very slighlty* towards green if you're highlighting and towards orange if you're shading.
Shift green towards yellow if you're highlighting and towards cyan if you're shading.
Shift cyan towards green if you're highlighting and towards blue if you're shading.
Shift blue towards cyan if you're highlighting and towards purple if you're shading.
Shift purple towards blue if you're shading and towards red if you're highlighting.

It can get pretty confusing and these are only basic colors (you can also shade a subtle blonde towards a desaturated purple, etc) but it's pretty useful most of the time!



Now that we have our new shade of blue, we'll shade our eyes. Since our outline is already a purplish navy blue, I think it fits pretty well with the eye color.

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Then I usually like to make a shade of grey that is tinted with the color of the eyes. This color, for example is a steely blue-ish gray.

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Now that we're done with our face, I like to prepare for the hair by adding ears. It's just the palest shade of skin with blush on the ends.
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  • Undead Space
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  • Apprentice Fisherman
  • November 3, 2018, 9:27 am
The eyes are way too low in my opinion, it makes the helmets look stupid. Other than that nice detail.
  • hephep
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Dragonborn
  • November 7, 2018, 6:08 pm
I like to keep the eyes low so the bangs are longer, but if you prefer you can move the eyes up a pixel and then just redo a little bit of the shading.
@ Undead Space

its not a helmet :P
it's showing how to shade skin..
the eyes look low because there is no hair.
  • Undead Space
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Fisherman
  • November 7, 2018, 4:40 pm
I'm talking about the helmets in Minecraft
ah, yes pardon.

*late respond death*
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  • Level 46
  • Master Skinner
  • November 2, 2018, 7:26 am
i think this needs to be a little more common!! considering people who are just starting out, have to self teach, and we don’t want that! i’ll be sure to give it a go
yes I agree. though i had a lot of practice before i joined PMC and started publishing my own skins, i still need help shading sometimes. you know, the techniques and all that. these are really helpful! though when i do use these for tips, i still try to make my own version, to keep it more original and less copied if you know what i mean, 'cause even though people put these up to be helpful, you don't want a chain that just draws the style farther away from the original creator..
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  • Master Skinner
  • November 3, 2018, 10:20 am
preach it girly ... everything you said i agree with lol
haha maybe i will!

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