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Unblended Skin Tutorial by pbird12 Unblended Skin Tutorial by pbird12
I'm a little, well, a big bit nervous about posting this :fear:

Some of my lovely dA friends have asked how I draw unblended skin. I also get asked a lot about the different papers I use, so with a little nudge from :iconacjub: I've put together a little tutorial type thing to cover them both. Christina sweetie, this is for you :heart:

I hope it's helpful to some of you :hug:
Paula

P.S. I ran out of space on my tutorial, but just to say these scans are pretty close up so you can see whats going on. To see the skin unblended in a drawing, I used this method in these drawings -

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Taibaleigh Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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bty5jn2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial :blowkiss:
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your very welcome, I hope it's useful :)
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:iconartynan:
artynan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
thanks for the tips :)
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad they are helpful :D
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:iconartynan:
artynan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
it is thank you :)
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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:iconartynan:
artynan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
:)
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Diebro210 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks this really helps
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem, I'm glad it does :)
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Diebro210 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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Bodeen27 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Brilliant Tut... I'll be trying this very soon! ;)
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad it's useful and hope you have fun trying it all out :)
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:iconjon-wyatt:
Jon-Wyatt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So many thanks for this, very useful indeed. The very light layering to start is something that's passed me by, I'll try that with my next drawing. Great stuff and more please! ;-)
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your more than welcome, I'm really glad it's helpful :happybounce: I hope you enjoy trying out this method.

Thank you very much for finding space for me on your watchlist, it's much appreciated :aww:
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sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Thanks for providing this... it's easy to understand and use... much better than most I've seen!
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's no problem, I'm really glad it's helpful and makes sense :D
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ninjagoat79 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankyou for this very helpful :)
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's no problem, I'm glad it's helpful :) Thank you very much for adding me to your watchlist, I appreciate it :heart:
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DarthJudicare Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your tutorial is very useful. It is a amazing technique but it is so hard to draw this. I have a question: what the best paper to draw with this technique?
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:happybounce: I'm glad it was helpful :)

It gets a lot easier with practice I promise :) I use it on different paper, but I like it best on extra smooth bristol board, I prefer the texture it produces on a plate surface paper :nod:
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DarthJudicare Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your advice, I'm going try to find this paper, me too, I prefer to draw on plate surface. :)
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Of course, no problem at all :)
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HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
well this is quite impressive. Skin and hair are always impressive to me, but unblended skin is quite the thing on itself. Is it really just drawing circle after circle? They should be quite small circles, right?
I'm sorry I'm spamming you around, but I do miss drawing with pencils, but every time I just think or returning to them, I get horrible results, so I keep trying to see aways I can mix and adapt into pen drawing.
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It is just lots and lots of little circles, the only trick is to get the pressure of the pencils right, but once you've been doing it for a while, you just know what feels right or not :nod: The circles are pretty small. I'll be doing the drawing in the video unblended if it would help to see how it works. It looks very ugly for a while and then it starts to come together after a few layers of graphite :)

Don't worry, I'm happy to answer if I can. I know exactly how you feel, before I joined dA I hadn't lifted a pencil in 10 years and was never able to draw people. It comes eventually, especially if you love it like you obviously do.

If your able to draw in biro like you do, graphite will be a breeze!
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:iconhoshisamavalmor:
HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
thank you kindly for all your answers :) and let me tell you, graphite sounds a lot more threatning than biro from where I'm standing ;)
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem at all :)
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Larc-Romeo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice Tut, thx. :)
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it and no problem at all :)
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Don-Berry Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
just came across this after many months - wish I'd got hold of a tombo after seeing it then ;) haha
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, never mind, it's so good, you'll forget all about the months without it :giggle:
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Shaleco Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this was very very helpful! thank you so much for uploading this. You are by far my favorite artist on DeviantART. You really have a lot of talent, I really want to draw like you someday :D
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad it was a help :hug: Aw, thank you so much :blush: Of course you can draw like me and I'm sure much better too, it's just practice. If I can help with anything, please just ask anytime.
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Shaleco Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thanks I really only started drawing seriously this september so I know I can Improve a lot more :D
If I have any more questions I will be sure to ask, its really great to get others opinions and everything.
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UsayFudo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome :D
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like, thanks for faving, I hope it's helpful :heart:
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UsayFudo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem :D
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
just what i was looking for,thankyou.ive bean trying this out the last couple of days i wished id seen this first its put me on the right track.
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm really glad it's helpful :) I love drawing skin this way. If anything isn't clear, please just ask anytime :heart:
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
thanks alot ill hopefully be on the right track now
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photonline Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
many thanks!
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem at all, I just hope it's helpful :) If anything doesn't make sense, please just ask :nod:
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photonline Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
ok; thanks again!
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aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured [link] Coz it's GrrrrRREAT!!!
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pDrake1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thx that is amazing this is very helpful but Idont know why you need a lot of pencils :-?? Look I use no more than you : 2H , H ,HB graphite pencils, HB pencil, 8B pencil, 0.7 mm mechanical pencil with 2B inside, regular eraser(but I`ll buy a blu tac or kenaded eraser P.S for the moment I dont find one of this ) ,Tortillions, and Tissue .it`s good like this? or I need anything more.? thx Help me :P
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shifugicanaru Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you so much for this, ive been searching for the textured skin and i found one :iconepiclaplz:

i find in easy thank you :)
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm really glad it's useful :happybounce:
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mslaynie Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
WOW! You make this look so easy! I doodle, basically, so I can absolutely appreciate the skill involved in your drawings. Thanks so much for sharing your techniques!
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Your welcome, I'm really happy if it's useful :hug:
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