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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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very interested. I learned this. I'd try that. Thanks. thump up
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ItsCloctorArt 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 Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful and good to know, thank you!
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Thank you so much!
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ArtFreakA Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great! I never knew about this method! I will certainly try it out! thanks! :D
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i think the photo are ok ^-^
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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 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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bty5jn2 Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial
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