For a number of reasons, many artists struggle to paint realistic skin textures for their characters. Often times, to save time and speed up the painting process, photographs are used to texture skin. On top of introducing quite a few addition problems, this process creates a dependency on finding just the right photo. Wouldn't you like to be able to paint realistic skin without having to rely on a photo? This MARI tutorial will begin with a very basic coloration for our skin texture in MARI. We'll render this out using Maya to see that while it could work, it could definitely be better. From here we'll go through the process of painting a number of different blemishes and details as well as additional maps for our asset. From here we'll move back to Maya and learn how to setup a subsurface scattering material for our textures that will give as a more realistic preview of their effectiveness. To wrap things up, we'll examine the rendered result and then make some modifications to our textures to push them even further. After completing this MARI training, you'll have a great understanding of how you can add that extra realism to the textures you render for your own characters. Software required: MARI 2.6v2, Maya 2015.
Eddie is the dedicated Pluralsight texturing and rendering tutor. His roots are firmly planted in a deep background in illustration and design, and Eddie lives to express himself through his art. Eddie has been with Pluralsight (and previously Digital-Tutors) for four-plus years, teaching creative artists to expand their knowledge on everything from design and illustration, to hand painting beautiful textures for their models.