How I Shade Skin
HOW I SHADE SKIN
𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗣𝗦 𝗧𝗢 𝗙𝗢𝗟𝗟𝗢𝗪:
Fill in base colours - easier to see overall effect of colours. Some colours look different against other colours, and lights (colours) affect each other in real life.
Airbrush 1 & 2 onto 'flushed' areas of the body: cheeks, lips, nose, fingers, etc. Can also do for some light shading
Darken area near eyes, finger tips, etc.
Determine strength & direction of light source
New layer > multiply
Apply 3 where shadows should be. Be aware of reflected/other sources of light.
Use a blur/blend tool to blend inwards, creating an ambient light effect
(you can do this on a highlight layer also, just use a lighter colour w/ a soft brush)
Use a warmer, darker colour 4 to lightly deepen shadows.
This step is very subtle but makes it look more lively! Softly airbrush 5 on areas where light & shadow meet.
Use new overlay layer to add highlights. Lightly brush over face and add sharp highlights, blur slightly. Continue to add highlights (depending on light source) to sides and high points. Airbrush ambient colours around skin.
Add finishing touches if necessary
You're Done! (for now)
Sometimes you need to make adjustments to saturation/other after the whole piece is done.