How to paint Skin – Porco Rosso

How to paint Skin – Porco Rosso


What’s up guys? How you all doing? Today we’ll be going over how I painted the
Hero of the Sky Bust. It’s one of the models from Ben Komets’ new
miniature range. I think it’s really cool, all the different
sections were clearly defined so it was lots of fun to paint. I set myself a challenge with this one, I
wanted to push the bar a little, so I started out with the aim of besting Ben’s original
box art job. I’m not sure I quite managed that but I gave
it a pretty good shot. I tried to give each section a different texture
to up the realism and we’ll be starting out with how I painted the skin. First off I primed the model by spraying it
with some Games Workshop Chaos Black, then once that was dry I use some Tamiya Super
Fine white and sprayed it from above at about a 60 degree angle just using little light
pumps of the spray can as I slowly turned the model round. That gives you this nice starting point where
all the highlights and shadows are clearly defined. For the base colour We’ll start out with some
Fantasy and Games Ressurrection Flesh and to that I added a small amount of GW Screamer
Pink and a small amount of Vallejo Dark Sea Blue to desaturate the colour slightly. Starting with a desaturated tone will allow
you to create a realistic finish, if we used a saturated colour we’d get more of a cartoony
look. All the paints we’ll be using on the skin
will be ones that have a satin finish so that we can get a more natural fleshy look to it. I use quite a big brush to apply the base
coat so as to minimize visible brush strokes. I also try to move the paint from the dark
to light areas to try and keep a bit of that preshading showing through. It’s usually quite subtle but it does make
a difference when you’re trying to build up your highlights and shadows. After a couple coats of the base colour we’ll
move onto the highlights. For that I’ll simply mix a bit of white into
the base colour and we’ll keep it fairly thin, so it’s essentially a layer consistency. And still using that big brush we’ll pull
the colour up over the cheeks towards the underside of the glasses. Then we’ll pick out all these little wrinkles
on the top of his head head. And on the top of his snout. Because the paint is quite thin we’ll do another
layer just to make the highlight a bit more solid. For the next highlight we’ll do the same again
and just mix in some more white. And apply another layer of paint. So this is quite simple, there’s nothing fancy
here we’re just trying to buid up the highlights with fairly straightforward layering. Pushing
the paint up over the checks. You don’t need to highlight the chin, I’m
just farting about about we’ll be going over that area later with some pretty heavy shadows
so that highlight will be covered over anyway. I’m going to try and have the right side of
the model a little brighter than the left, around this area here, just because the head
is kinda tilted a bit to the side the higher point is going to catch more light so we’ll
give that side a bit more attention as we go on. I’ve got a little hair stuck on the surface
on his check. To get rid of that I’ll use a clean damp brush and just work it back and
forth over where the hair is, and hopefully if we’re lucky an end of the hair will break
free from the paint. Then we can carefully grab it and pull it
off the surface. If we kept going with the paint job the hair would become embedded in
the paint, at that stage it near impossible to remove it without using a knife so it’s
best to remove it while it’s still easy to do so. Alright so I’ll add another layer of that
highlight colour. Keep building the highlights on those wrinkles. Yep that’s looking ok. We’ll add some more white now and continue
with the highlights. There’s a little wrinkle on the skin there
so I’ll try and retain that just by not painting over it. If you get a hard edge when you apply the
highlight you can quickly grab a second clean damp brush and just feather the edge of the
paint a little bit, by moving the tip of the brush back and forth over the edge to get
that to fade out. Same again on the other side. We left a bit
of an edge we we’ll use that second brush to blur out the transition. I’ll make that little wrinkle a bit more noticible,
just making the underside a bit more solid. Ok, so when we’re doing skin we this scale
it’s important that the surface doesn’t get too smooth, or we’ll end up with quite an
unnatural finish, so to combat this we’ll add a bit more water to our paint and go back
for some stippling. Just adding little dots of thinned paint over
the highlight area. So I’m just gently touching the tip of the
brush against the surface leaving lots of little dots and because the paint is fairly
thin these will fade out a little bit when they dry, which is what we’re after. If you put these on thick they’ll be too noticeable
and you’ll lose that natural effect. So just be careful with the consistency here. On the other side I’ve swapped my brush to
a size 0 and we’ll use a slightly thicker consistency, you can see I’m testing it out
on my nail there. We’ll use that to pick out the little crows
feet wrinkles around the side of the eye. The smaller brush just gives me a bit more
control here. On the top of the check I’ll paint on a little
round highlight then we’ll thin that colour down to a glaze consistency with some water. And then just push the glaze over the edge
to help blur that transition. After a few passes with the glaze we’ll do the same as
we did on the other side by applying lots of little dots around that area. That’s going to help both blur out the edge
of that tranistion and also create a sutble texture to the skin. I’ve swapped brushes again, this time to a
double zero to help keep the dots small. I like to have a variety of dot sizes so it
doesn’t get too uniform. Plus it’s a little tricky to do this with a five. Same sort of idea on the other side just building
up the dots under the eye there. Alright so we’ll use that same mix to start
picking out all the little lumpy details around the side of his snout. Even though these are pretty small I’m still
trying to create a bit of a transition by pulling the paint over the surface, letting
it gather on the top of each spot. And we’ll do the same on the other side. We’re going to be adding glazes over the top
of this later to colour it but right now we’re just trying to pick out all the little details. On the top of the snout we’ll paint on little
lines to simulate a wrinkled surface. I’ll build those highlights up a little bit
more on the snout. The skin will look quite pallid at this stage
but don’t worry about that, once we add some coloured glazes in the look will change quite
dramatically. Few more dots on the check there for good
measure. We’ll build these highlights on the forehead
now. I’m just trying to pick out any little wrinkles
or folds. There’s lots of little wrinkles along the
side here near the eyes so I’m trying to draw them out a bit more. Remember we want this side of the face to
be catching more light so I’m trying to push the highlights around the top of the eyebrow
area and check. Add a bit more white into your mix and we’ll
intensify the highlights a bit more on that right side. Alright, I think that’ll do for the highlights
now, we’ll move to the shading. So we’ll start with some vallejo armour brown
and we’ll thin that down to a glaze consistency with a bit of water. Now I’m going to use two brushes again here.
Both size 5. We’ll apply the glaze to the lower side of
the face with one brush, then we’ll switch to our other brush and just draw tge edge
of the glaze up over the face away from the shadow. So that we don’t leave any stains or edges. So we’ll keep applying this over a few layers
until we start to get a nice shadow going. And I’m going to focus more on that left side
as we want that to be a bit darker than the other half of the face. Don’t worry about pulling the second brush
up over the highlights, you’re not going to damage them. Alright, that’s starting to look quite good
now so we’ll continue by making another glaze, this time with some Valejo Dark Sea Blue. And we’re going to glaze that over his chin
and the lower side of his checks to give him a nice 5 o’clock shadow effect. Remember you can use your second brush to
clean up the edge of the glaze if it looks like it’s going to leave a stain or a bit
of an edge. So just like you did with the armour brown
you’re going to build this up over a few layers until you start to get a nice shadow. Alright so now that we’ve built that up we’ll
apply little dots of the glaze over the lower half of his cheeks there to simulate stubble
marks. And you can go back and forth between glazing
and stippling on the dots. If you do make a mess of the glaze and you’re
left with any little marks you can hide them with your stippling. We’ve got a little dubious bit here on the
lower side of the check so what I’ll do is take some of the base colour and apply some
stippling around that area to help fix that. Alright so I think that’s looking really good
now. For the Snout we’ll take some Fantasy and Games Baal Crimson, and add some to our
base colour. This is a really intense red, you could also
use Evil Sunz Scarlet from the GW line. However I quite like the Fantasy and Games
paint because it has a slightly more shiney finish than GW paints so it’ll give use a
more organic look in the end. So anyway we’ll thin this to a heavy glaze
consistency, so it’s going to change the colour quite quickly but it’s still transparent enough
that we can blur out the edge if we need to. We’ll paint that directly over the nose. And there you can see the colour changes really
quick. Apply that in a couple of layers, careful
to get the edges. Then we’ll paint it onto the side of the nose
area. over all those little lumps we picked out earlier. And we’ll use a second brush just to feather
out the edge of the paint so we don’t leave a stain. And the same again on the other side. I’ll go in and apply another layer so that
whole nose area is nice and pink. We’ll make another glaze this time with Baal
Crimson on it’s own. and we’ll glaze over the flesh part of the snout at the front. Just to bring out the red colour a bit more. Don’t go overboard with that though we don’t
want him to end up looking like he’s lost his sleigh. Ok, once that dries we’ll add some white to
that pink glaze mix. White is quite thick so, adding the paint
should bring it up to a layer consistency. which we’ll use to apply some highlights to
the front of the snout. Alright so I’m just trying to highlight anywhere
the light would be catching and also pick out some of the lilttle sculpted on details. Add a bit more white and we’ll go back and
apply some more highlights. I’ll paint on a few lines to add a bit of
realism, maybe they’re little scratches or wrinkles. His nose probably takes a fair bit of damage
when he’s flying around in his plane. Alright I think some of the highlights are
a bit too sharp, so we’ll take some of our Baal Crimson glaze and just glaze over the
snout again to knock them back a bit. We’ve lost a bit of the details along the
side of the snout so we’ll pick them out again with the same highlight mix we used on the
front part. I’m just applying this to all the little boils
on the side of his nose there. Whoops a bit much there. I’ll just wipe that
off with another brush. Just take your time there’s no rush. I’ll also add a few thin line near the front
of the snout to add a bit of extra detail. Alright, and we’ll do the same thing on the
other side. So that’s the lower half of the face basically
done. We’ll do the rest of the forehead now. Take some Valejo Armour brown and make a thickish
glaze. And we’ll use that to paint in some of the
shadows for all those little wrinkles. Again you can use a second brush to just draw
the edges out if you think it’s going to dry a bit funny. Now with some screamer pink we’ll just pick
out those little spots on his face there. Again have the paint quite thin for this and
just hit the lower side of the spot to give it a bit of a shadow. Then we’ll use some of the final highlight
colour we used on the skin and just add a tiny little dot on the top of the spots. Alright, to make the skin a bit more lifelike
we’ll add another tone in there with our Screamer Pink and we’ll thin this down to a glaze consistency. And we’ll apply this over the top of the checks
just to rosy them up a little bit. Again you can use a second brush to draw out
the lower edge of the glaze just to make sure it doesn’t stain. Yep I think that looks pretty cool. Adding
the pink in there gives it a bit more life. We’ll add a bit more under the eye just to
help round out the check a little. And we’ll do the same thing on the other side. Just a wee bit more there on the cheek I think.
Yep that’s pretty cool. To finish off the forehead we’ll take some
GW Balor Brown and make a thin glaze with some water. Then we’ll just apply that to the forehead.
And you can use your second brush to just draw the edges out. I think we’ll do another layer of that and
we should be good. Yep, I quite like that. So the last thing to do is the highlights
on the chin. For that we’ll mix a bit of Dark Sea Blue into the base colour for the skin. Then we’ll add a touch of white to lighten
it. Then we’ll just paint on little dots over
the chin. Add a bit more white to your mix and keep
applying little dots. We’ll catch this little fold of chin here
too. Remember we have the light coming down from
that right side so we’ll make that right half of his chin brighter than the other. Add a bit more white and keep building up
the highlight with your dots. Opps, that one was a bit too much, so I’ll
just wipe it off with my other brush. Don’t forget to show that little fold some
love. Add a bit more white and we’ll go back for
some more highlights. I’ve kinda reglected that other sie so I’ll
just go back and add some more highlights on that side. Alright! So now you can go make your self
a cup of tea and put your feet up for a well earned rest. Cheers guys I hope this was useful! Thanks
very much for all your support, stay tuned for part two coming soon! Thanks again, bye for now…

30 thoughts on “How to paint Skin – Porco Rosso

  1. Beautiful tutorial, as usual, I really like the multi-coloured shadows and the texturing of the skin. 🙂

  2. Yet another fine tutorial, along with some really good guitar playing. Have you ever painted or played guitar professionally ?

  3. Wow, awesome, you have really improved as a painter. Looks like you 1-upped Ben Komets on his own miniature 😛

  4. Everythings has been already said by others 😉

    Love your video, very well made and top quality !

    One of the best on youtube
    Cheers

  5. ..and you can put your feet up with a cuppa, knowing you’ve delivered yet another inspirational masterpiece of a tutorial. Thank you, sir.

  6. Awesome tutorial mate, as always!! Missed the beautiful background music tho. Keep doing that beautiful work!

  7. Cool! I wanted to ask, do you know ahead of time what paints to use where? For example, had you planned all along to glaze the Screamer Pink over the cheeks, or did you decide they needed it after the stippling?

    Next question: is there a Scale 75 or Vallejo equivalent or similar colour to Screamer Pink? I'm not a fan of GW paints so prefer to buy from others if I can.

  8. A well thought out tutorial I just finished a bust of lucky jack (young miniatures) and over worked the glaze in places leaving areas of shine .So lots to learn ! thanks for another cracking video . Regards Gav .

  9. Love how the face looks, can't wait to see how you did those amazing textures. I've an unrelated question: In all your videos you treat your brushes like a pimp, you use em to drybrush bases or mix colors on the palet even though they're winsor brushes but yet they still keep an amazing point and an incredible bounce. What is your secret? Do you have any way to condition/clean them?

  10. “Love and Honor.” Really put the ‘Unpatriotic’ Pig in a good light. I love this movie and how you painted him. Also how is something up with your patreon? I tried going on but I’ve had difficulty.

  11. I have seen many tutorials out there, from very good painters, nevertheless I appreciate your videos the most. you are truely talented, your videos are entertaining and well structured. kepp on going! 🙂 I will probably join you on patreon because your channel is simply worth it!

  12. I've learned more watching your videos in a couple hours then spending weeks trying to search on YouTube. You have no idea how hard it is to find a video that really breaks down using glazes to shade and highlight. Lol

  13. Unbelievably good to my eyes. What do you use for you wet palette? Just simple sponge and parchment paper?

  14. While I doubt you're still reading comments on an old video like this, I have to ask, would this be an accurate distillation of your method? :

    Step one: Pick your favorite medium skintone and desaturate it with some dark pink and dark blue, maybe even a little black if you want it very dark. Use that for the base layer.
    Step two: Gradually mix in white to the base layer and highlight the fuck out of that base layer.
    Step three: Apply thin glazes of dark pink, dark blue, and dark brown as needed to re-introduce color and shadow.

    I've watched a couple of your various skin / face tutorials, and this seems to be what you do each time, more or less. Does this sound about right to you?

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