If you ever wondered how I usually color a character's skin, then now you have a chance to see for yourself! I hope this tutorial helps out!
Always start off with guidlines (sketch). Make sure the "smoothing" is on at least 20% so that you don't sweat all the small details. Using a light color should be good enough. :)
After drawing the sketch, use a darker color (or if it's the same color, make the opacity higher) to draw your hair. Make sure that your smoothing is the same, this makes it easier to draw, as if you're drawing with an ink pen.
Next, create a new layer under the layer you used to draw your lineart. (hair) I forgot to mention in the previous step that the sketch layer is ALWAYS at the very bottom of the list of layers you're using. This is very important. Also the lineart layer is ALWAYS the very first layer. For the lineart I darkened the girl's jaw and chin, also her neck. Under the lineart layer will be the skin. Use a light color (or any other of your choice) at the fullest opacity to color.
This step is a little confusing, so make sure you read this!! lol
First, choose a color that is a bit darker for the skin. Then you can lower the opacity, at say for example: 230. As you can see coloring the skin with lower opacity will make the skin slightly darker, but not as dark as the color you originally chose in the first place.
This step is a little confusing.. but I hope I can make this clear!
Like before, you're gonna choose a darker color for the skin, and lower the opacity. It's important that the brush size is a little small so that the color doesn't get where you don't want it to be.
Since the opacity is low, the more strokes you use to color, the darker the skin will become. Eventually it will be as dark as the color you chose for shading.
Last, if you want your skin to look smoother, take the "Blend" tool and go over the color of the skin.
If you want more detail, take the "Airbrush" tool and, using a light pink color, dust it over the cheeks.
Then take the "Pen" tool and, with the white color on fullest opacity, draw little dots on the pink color on her cheeks. And there you have it, this is how I color the skin!!
I hope you enjoyed and learned something new! Thanks for taking a look 8D