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Skin Colouring Tutorial - my way by Rin-Shiba Skin Colouring Tutorial - my way by Rin-Shiba
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Finished pic: Hair tutorial: Complete step by step tut

To those who asked for this tut, here it is. This is how I shade skin.
I really do suck at explaining(and shading in general... ), but I tried my best... (T△T)
so please forgive me for any confusing bits (if there is any..).
and i'm not confident about this tut cos... i'm rubbish at colouring skin... ;w;

To be honest, (I said this before) this is just the way I do it,
so you may like it or hate it. I just hope you find this helpful...
(EDIT: looking back, i can see so many mistakes in shading... >< I'm sorry it's not very good ;A; !!!)

Again, I am REALLY sorry for my crappy English skills...
I'll fix any spelling/grammatical mistakes later (;ω;)

説明の仕方がさぁーーーっぱり分からない・・! ^p^

BGM: [link] (Gurutamin ←one of my favourite Utaite )
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DC-Knight Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great! I do have a question, though. You have your lineart in the first couple of steps, then it changes colour, then it vanishes. What happened?
yimiela Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015   General Artist
I'm going to be completely honest here, so far after using a couple hundreds of tutorial on skins, your tutorial helped me the most! It's amazing and useful, so thank you! 
Kitti606 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
GEEZ, that guy is ripped! D:
Vibrant-Snow Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ممتاز :D
Renttelb17 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is incredibly useful :)
tenshinya-desu Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LavenderLynx-2014 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love your work XD
Lonear94 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist
For the sake of improving, I shall venture to this complex skin tutorial and spend thousand of hours to learn behind its secret Big Fool Emoji-29 (I'm done) [V4] 
AvalonMelody Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely~ >7< Thank you  for the tutorial! 
Though, I'm wondering if there's any more information about the "Overlay" and "Multiply" settings you could give us? :meow: I can't really understand what they do? You put random colours on it and turn the layer to "Overlay" to make it pink?? (Multiply I kind of understand though :S)
ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh so stunning!
JRatified Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly what I needed!
Vermillon-Loup Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Helpful! Thanks a bunch!
SilverSirenSongs Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much for making tutorials with Sai, I've mostly seen them with Photoshop and even though I just got it (thank my parents) I haven't used it yet and am still getting used to Sai.
so thank you, these should help me a lot with my coloring ^^
PurpleHair8 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really great tutorial! Thanks for making it!
And, as was said earlier, your English is excellent. (Better than mine is most of the time, hehe.)
I'm trying to learn Japanese... and failing... XP so sorry if you see me around butchering it.

Have a good day! Jesus loves you!
Kronosam Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very nice! Thank you, this really helps.
Your engilsh skills are really good, don't be so hard on yourself you did a really good job. :)
ladynefertari Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much!!!
Scootie-chan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much~
I'll be sure to practice this and add you to the thanks~<3
Evymonster9406 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
This tutorial was such a big help!
Here is one of the things I've done with one of your wonderful tutorials!

Rangerlou Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I just might try this on a few sketches. Very well done and clear explanation.
TheOtherCraftLord Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial!
QueenOxxy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
HNGGG DAT BODY. Amazing art and tutorial btw. XD
DRACOICE Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even though this is Paint Tool Sai, can you basically do the same thing in Adobe Photoshop? I'd love to do this type of shading effect!
melajapane Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Nice tuto ^^ Really helpful and well explained
TamakiBaka Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
etto.. senpai..
akui dapet linnk tutorial ini dr bang Mozart , bole g daku ijin repost tutorialnya d blog ?
buat nilai kuliah soalnya ;;;;
ntar ttep pk credit koq > . <
TamakiBaka Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
etto.. senpai..
akui dapet linnk tutorial ini dr bang Mozart , bole g daku ijin repost tutorialnya d blog ?
buat nilai kuliah soalnya ;;;;
ntar ttep pk credit koq > . <
Sweet-J974 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Amazing job ! But just one thing. I can't get where the light source is from it's like you just did it randomly . ?
Batiemily Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very nice!!!
Shazuna507 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Awesome tutorial! ^^
Ihmislehma Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
I was looking for skin coloring tutorials... and ended up oozing at the abs....
RenToRyuuIntheTardis Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow you are so talented and helpful. thank-you very much <:)
kallou123 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I just have one question in the skin colors from 1-4 it doesn't say if you're just using the top 4 or another just 1 or 3 or 4 and it makes me confuse so is it just each row is for each type of skin or just pick what ever floats your boat skin?
Myeeeah Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Omg bishie o_O so great !
dams01 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
very useful thx
Xanrian Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist
r u kiddin?! this is amazing!!!!!!!!! to haters, u guys dont noe wat ur missing. >D
RaeDove Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Smaylikitty Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
thanks for your work!!
YuHekal Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here [link] :)~
Andydot Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is extremely useful!
MissChroma Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!! Thank you so much! ლ(^ε^ლ) I love how you make a male body!! It's very sexy^^!!

Arigatou gozaimasu!!
UsayFudo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student General Artist
I wish I could draw abs as good as you :D
IsolatedDarkAngel Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ahhhh! I'll love you forever. :iconinloveplz: Thank you SO much for taking time out of your busy day to make a tutorial for us! We really appreciate your hard work. :D
gothicsaturne Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Thank you so much!!!
Souruuriin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
this is soo great :iconlaplz: thank you :iconcblushplz:
TheGreatMillz33 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Am I the only one just staring at his torso? I'm having a field day with this.

And thanks for the tutorial!!!
Noack-Art Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Is it possible that his head is a bit too small? ^^ I'm not sure... buts it's a very helpful tutorial. I think I have a very different way of painting skin, above all the technique with the layers is something new for me. I don't use layer options very often. I'm always astonished how many possibilities there are ^^
Koutetsu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
RIN!!! <3

Sexy masamune is sexy and thank you so much for sharing your coluring process, I foud it pretty enlightenening and it makes me want to comour again <3

And again thank you <3 :3
Rin-Shiba Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
;A; KOUUUUUUU!!!! Waaaaaaaaaah!!
after i upload this, i got reaaaally embarrassed QAQ
cos... it's not very good, and I'm not very good with shading skin to start off with.
so.. i'm reaaaaaaally embarrassed... orz... ;w;
don't follow it! it'll only ruin your beautiful picture!!! ;A;

<i want a hug.. ;A; >

Koutetsu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Dont be embarrassed :hug: And to be honest I love how you manage to create a lot of depth in your colouring so this tutorial really made me happy.
Also it wont ruin anything... your an amazing artist and i look up to you a lot =D


No hiding XD
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow! Awesome! I've been wondering how in the world you get those muscles and skin so gorgeous! These tips will help a lot, even though I don't have SAI, I can use this. You're wonderful for taking the time to make this!!! LOVE IT!!! :glomp:
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