Have you ever seen a bust or prosthetic where the skin looked super real?
There’s a secret to getting your paint job looking life-like.
And guess what. I found the secret.
I can’t wait to share it with you.
First things first.
The tutorials I found used different mediums for different reasons. I didn’t want to stop at learning only makeup effects techniques. I wanted a truly artistic background in painting flesh.
So, I watched tutorials and read about everything from painting canvas with oil paints to silicone and other materials specific to makeup effects.
These links are the ones I found most helpful in what I wanted to achieve.
Terms You Should Know
Here are a few terms that I looked up along the way:
- Wash – a watered down or very light layer of paint
- Blushing – adding a wash of a red tone to create a natural flush in the skin
- Mottling – adding irregular spots of color with a sponge or flicks of a brush
- Flicking – taking a brush with a little paint, bending back the bristles, and releasing them so specks of paint land on the canvas
- Veining – adding a pattern of lines that resemble veins
This generous tutorial from a member of The FX Lab forum was AWESOME. She includes plenty of pictures to go along with her simple explanations.
This alone should give you a head start on doing some really fantastic paint work. But it gets better.
When I saw the photo of this project, the one that’s posted first, I thought to myself DAYum. That paint job looks awesome.
Most of the people who commented on the project agreed, but lucky for the artist there was also some constructive criticism.
He followed their suggestions and it turned this awesome project into a masterpiece.
I encourage you to read the entire thread, but some of the highlights include:
- Adding some blue tones around the eyes will add to realism.
- Red tones on the cheeks (see blushing, above), forehead and chin can liven up a flat paint job.
- Don’t ignore easy to miss places like corners of eyes and where the lips meet.
This tutorial is very detailed and offers some added value on getting that realistic skin tone. The photos show what each step accomplishes, and he gives advice on how to adjust the steps to your needs, for example different skin tones.
If you’re an airbrush buff, then you’ll find great tips on getting some advanced effects. If not don’t worry. You’ll still find this tutorial useful.
I watched a lot of videos on the topic of painting flesh, and I don’t think any of them were wasted time. I encourage you to search for more videos and watch the ones that interest you.
Even if they’re about painting on flat canvases. Even if the approach is a little different. I still thought that everything I watched was helpful.
Know of any other great sites with painting tips? Please leave them in the comments.
*Photo courtesy of DailyMail.