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A quick lesson on FACES by navate A quick lesson on FACES by navate
A mini-tutorial on achieving realism and individuality in a face. :)

Some of you might have seen this in my blog, but I wanted to post it here too. Hopefully it’ll tide you over a bit until I get my ass moving on the skin tutorial (I know, I know…)

Enjoy, I hope you find it helpful!
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miguel-narayan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the resources, you're quite generous :)
djsie2008 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You!
Da-4th Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Artist
Once again good advice.=)
Esvandetta Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You have no idea how much I see this!!! The neglect of the cheeks, chin and forehead, I mean.  The main thing a see between the two here is age... one looks younger than the other. It almost looks like a picture of the same guy, but about 10-15 years difference.

I draw a pair of male twins and it's through these aspects that I show the differences between the two.

The older of the two has a stronger, squarer jaw with an equally strong (but rounded) chin. His cheekbones are further down his face and are rounder and larger, while the hollow of his cheek is almost flat (when I draw him in lineart, he pretty much gets a diagonal line there). In other words, he has"furrowed" cheeks, much like the guy on the right does in your picture... except not as pronounced (he's also younger than that guy up there... who looks to be in his 30s).

The younger one has a softer, more feminine, jawline, but his chin squares a little bit (he also has light dimples under the corners of his mouth that his brother doesn't have). His cheekbones are rectangular shaped and relatively high. The hollow of his cheeks are softer and more rounded. Generally, his features are the softer of the two... and his skin is a little paler as well.

Other than what I mentioned, the two are almost identical in the face and in their coloring (their bodies and style are a different matter). They have the same eyes, nose, lips, hair texture/color, ears and neck...  or at least very close. I see it too often that artists make twins look exactly the same... so I have been trying for a long time to not make the same mistake (though, I'll admit, I usually do it anyway).  

Well... this helps me get one step closer! Thank you very much for making this point!
toshema Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh sweet, thanks allot for this ! It is quite helpful ^_^ !
Olon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
big thanks for your help!
Ringelotta Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Artist
this is helpful, thank you!! :heart:
BeatrizAlbano Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
How can I differenciate thick and thin skin on a painting?
HermanHans Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for posting this, it is really helpful and interesting. Hopefully it will help me improve my own painting skills
jerryyan1990 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
it's helpful!
toziren Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I swear i just want to kiss you :D. Thnx alot for these tutorials
Kara-Kiwi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, very helpful! Thank you soo much for sharing!!!
theartofindigo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional
Thank you.
Chatterbockx Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks a lot! I'm having a hard time learning how to paint like this :XD:
ThisIsRAR Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Can u make a tutorial about Each layer... coz i rly dont get how u add the light:s
navate Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I don't use layers when paintings skin. I lay down the colors, then I blend. If I make a mistake I paint over it. :) Study form and try painting with something like acrylics to practice how to lay down and blend colors. It's not something I feel I can teach outside of encouraging you to study realism.
ThisIsRAR Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
hmm... guess ill just keep trying then^^, still.. it would be awesome if u made a tutorial movie or something...

can u tell me how u start the coloring?? base then shade or base then light... or du u just paint it in as u go?
navate Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I start with the general base tone, yes, but I mix in the other colors pretty quickly. It's not something I give much thought to at this stage (something that comes with experience). For someone not comfortable with shading, I recommend starting with the base tone then adding the shadows first to establish light direction.
AGhostsShadow Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Valid point, that..
ShlineXD Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
you're an amazing artist! :3
LaColombeDeDeuil Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional General Artist

~~ I know that this will certainly be helpful to me! I need it!~~

a humble poet

I-Do-Care Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Thank you so much for your generosity. You're pulling us all up by our bootstraps.
Smolin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is a really helpful lesson, Lauren. Thanks!
Mustaheart Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
It's amazing how much different a little attention to certain details of a character's features can change how they look and make them seem less 2D and more like a 3D individual captured in paint. Full of complexities in their features and the complexion of their skin.

I'm no painter but even an idiot like me can see the differences and the individual quirks of the character being painted. It's less of a base and more like a unique creation. I enjoy this aspect of your art and I'm glad to have spotted this little tutorial. I might not have much personal use for it since I don't paint, but I can still appreciate its value and truth.

Thanks for sharing. You're awesome.
House-of-Kadamon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't begin to express how your tutorials have opened my eyes. I've gone from flat to va-va-voom in a matter of months.
Thank you so much Lauren. You've changed my life.
Okay... I actually sound like one of those paid testimonials for a an awesome product, :lmao: but seriously, I was struggling to get the realism edges that I was missing in my work before. Now it's slowly coming to me with practice.
Anatomy is still a pain here and there, but hey, nobody dances swan lake when they first put on their ballet shoes right?
navate Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your check is in the mail! ;)
Thanks so much. Every time I get a comment like this I get all fuzzy inside :flirty: Of course I wrote the tutorials with the intention of helping people out, but I never expected for them to be so popular and well-received.
House-of-Kadamon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know the feeling of fuzz. I get it too when I help others.
You must understand though, artists like yourself is what most of us aspire to become, so it's only natural that we appreciate what you give us. I call tutorials like these, Manna. True nourishment for the artist's soul because it gives us a reflection of what we should focus on, along with what we've already learnt.

It's a reminder also, that you cannot learn everything all at once from a tutorial. I mean, what good is a tutorial if you aren't going to practice and get better? So, enjoy the fame from these tutorials and know that by giving them to the masses who will truly use them, you are helping us all in a way that cannot be expressed through words.
Bask in the glow dear, you've earned it. :hug:
navate Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You are too kind. :hug: Thank you so much. I don't consider myself that great of an artist yet, but I understand the power of aspiration. I still have many artists I aspire to be equal to one day... and I also remember being a totally awful painter not so many years ago, hahah!
eamilia Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing them!
Emeraldae Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010   Digital Artist
All your tutorials are so very helpful! Thanks so much for posting.
dream-rose Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Wow, thanks so much for your skin tutorials ! They are very helpful and I'm so glad you spend the time to teach your "secrets".
rebelforge Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Thank you, so informative.
In2Eternity Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Nice tutorial, thanx :)
Alexicus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Very helpful :]
Candyninja Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Awesome tips! I wish my life life drawing class could have gone over these details. I will try to keep these in mind when I practice drawing people. :)
FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
hahaha wow this is awesome and sooooo true, thanks sooo much for this, you ROCK! :)
sardonicSardine Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
thank U !
gymnosophist Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Writer
And a very good lesson, I must say... :)
MnMslave Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
i saw your these, that you paint the faces in other way and i like the results...
i'd like to know the programe that you use to draw! ;D
navate Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I use Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter together.

The blending on this face was done mostly with a brush like this one in Photoshop: [link] They are my favorite for skin!
MnMslave Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
thanks a lot.
Julia-Aurora Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooh that's really useful. Thanks!
SKt327 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
thank you. im really looking forward to part 3 of the skin tutorial :)
This is helpful :)
Sk3tchit Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
thanks for the new insight!
I'll definitivetly keep that in mind
dnic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
I just love your tutorials. :) They're so helpful. Thank you for making them!
LibertineM Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010   Digital Artist
*thumbtacks this to her forehead* I have to remind myself to stop abusing the Just Add Water blender in Painter.
Thanks for the examples. :)
Moonriddler Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
excellent! thanks! ^_^
Vedic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! o.o great tip!
sapo-z Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
this is an awesome reminder to draw/shade the rest of the face <3 it actually looks like the second one would be more fun to draw anyways
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