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smooth skin drawing tutorial by Lianne-Issa smooth skin drawing tutorial by Lianne-Issa
This is a very basic tutorial on circulism... the one and only technique for drawing skin - for me anyway...!

I get a lot of compliments on the way i shade so i thought i would share the wealth and explain my method!

remember skin is flawed! you dont want to go for perfectly smooth shading (especially with men), your subject will end up with a plastic look...

Here are some of my drawings, old and new, achieved with circulism. You can use the method on males and females, the old and the young... (the younger the subject, the smoother your shading should be)



I will add a tutorial soon which tackles the next phase of skin drawing... stubble, pores, and imperfections.
EDIT: Thank you so much for the Daily Deviation. I am gobsmacked! :)
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Nooknook Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for this really inspiring tutorial!
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blgraphite Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very interested. I learned this. I'd try that. Thanks. thump up
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ItsCloctorArt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
People always told me my portraits looked super smooth and animated/cartoony and I hate it, the wrinkles and different creases like in the nose stood out too much, you haved solved my problem thank you so much!
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xtaylorr22 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful and good to know, thank you!
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wrben Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Thank you so much!
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ArtFreakA Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student General Artist
this is great! I never knew about this method! I will certainly try it out! thanks! :D
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catssssssssss Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
i think the photo are ok ^-^
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Crescent-Stars Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Thank you for this tutorial! I'm going to have to try this technique out! Guess i'm going to have to stock up on cutips XD I always just used my finger, though this method seems a lot better! Thank you for sharing, I hope I can be as good as you someday! Although I have a long way to go. :)
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Lianne-Issa Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

good luck with it :-)

 

never use your finger.. the oils in your skin blend with the graphite making it very smudgy and hard to control. use tissue, q-tips, cotton pads... anything but not a finger :) x

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Crescent-Stars Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Thanks!
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bty5jn2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial
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Mongrel714 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic tutorial!
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xionkid Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
This is so great!
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SilverVanadis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I was wondering, when will you add the tutorial for stubble, pores and imperfections? I see that this tutorial was submitted more than two years ago and in the description you said that you would add the other tutorial soon. : p Awesome tutorial btw.
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AdamR83 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
very helpful
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Clashe Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Thanks, very informative! Is there a certain type of paper that works best for this?
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Lianne-Issa Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi clashe, I use Bristol board smooth :-)
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Clashe Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Thanks! :D
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delmas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work
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Akifan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm very excited and happy to say thank you sooooooooooo very much for inspiring and sharing a technique that today has helped me achive and finish a color pencil portrait I'll be uploading soon on Canadian hockey player Wayne Gretzky. Any previous portraits I always used to do long strokes in different directions, but the circulism technique has definitely proven a very enjoyable and rewarding breakthrough, even if it takes quite many hours of patience as you set the layers :dance:
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Lianne-Issa Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're very welcome! i've just had a look at your gallery! you are very good indeed! :)
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Akifan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again for taking the time and your kind comment...the circulism made quite a difference, since colour pencil is very unforgiving. It is works like yours that are definitely a great inspiration to keep on learning, and I've found the more hours painting or drawing, the harder it gets to not do it.. :) cheers! :w00t:
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Roy75 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
thx
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pendragonvamp Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Writer
Gorgeous! I have been looking for a technique on skin drawing. Thank you very much for doing this!
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photonline Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
thanks!
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TJLArt Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great thanks.
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Aurora9912 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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2numb2relate Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Your work is amazing. I hope I can draw like that some day.
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germanvisitor Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
What size are those circles?
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Lianne-Issa Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It depends on the drawing but they always remain fairly neat and small
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mellowyellowhazydays Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
This is fantastic, extremely helpful
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Chrono-Dreamer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
can this be applied to digital art too or just traditional?

-i'll have to try this on paper though-
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Wolverat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
How do you address the subject of hair?
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mellowyellowhazydays Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
I was also going to ask this question
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HelenParkinson Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Never heard of Maggie Toole but have been shading skin this way long before 1992. Good tutorial though.
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AFineWar Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on your Daily Deviation :clap:
I just checked out the rest of your gallery and you are utterly amazing.
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LeafyIrene Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this tutorial was very helpful! I shall try that out and see how it goes :la:
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Trancesodama Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i was born on the year of 1992 XD
this will help me a whole lot, thanks!
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kaitoupirate Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How...utterly simple *facepalm*
and so easy to remember! thanks so much for sharing. :heart:
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just moved on to drawing skin with this method (my own chaotic version) so your tutorial comes at a great time to put some order and logic into my style - thank you for sharing :)
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Abyss-the-Coven Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial made my day :) you're great!
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echo-x Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice tutorial.
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Arcane-Shadow-Razil Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
wow! you art looks so much like photos! i'm always amazed when i see art like that.
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Saune Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for such a wonderful and yet simple tutorial
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Wolverat Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Thanks for the tip.
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Manduleen Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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SoConfrontational Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Awesome! I'm gonna have to try this.
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MissMiseryLeigh Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Thank you, I must try this!
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RedRubyDragon64 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Congrats on the DD, this was very helpful!!
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RedRoronoa Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I've actually started doing portraits in my art class, so this is going to help me out by a lot. :dummy:
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