I did this digital painting walkthrough to help others understand my process when painting extremely realistically. I don’t actually enjoy painting this way very much – but I did this as a study to better understand how people’s skin texture looks so I might better paint texture on all my paintings.
This tutorial enjoys a lot of views and over 500 favorites on its deviantart page, where it was first published on the web.
I’m republishing it here for my resources archives.
The finished painting is here:
The above is a painting of this photographic reference, meant as an exercise in skin texture only. It grew into the tutorial above after so many asked me how it was done.
I still use the techniques I learned while painting this painting to create some pretty nice textures (including “Pettin da Fish“) – I hope this walkthrough helps you too!