Painting a Realistic Skin Texture Using Mari

Henrique Campanha
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After many requests, I decided to record this course showing how to paint a realistic skin texture using The Foundry's Mari.

In more than 3 hours of video material I'll recreate my entire "Josie" image artwork from scratch, showing the step-by-step processes behind the creation of the 17 maps

The course will also feature some background lessons like a brief introduction to Mari, texture cleaning and preparation in Photoshop and other technical explanations, so that everyone can follow the entire course easily.

What's inside:

- 19 video lessons + Bonus lessons (*will be added in a few days).

- head .obj file

- photo references

- course description (pdf)

Approved by  industry veterans

"Henrique knows his tools and goes very deep into painting realistic skin with MARI, showing us his step-by-step process and practical knowledge, presented in an understandable way. Additionally he covers the background fundamentals to clean and prepare your textures along with a short, but clear introduction to MARI. Definitely an invaluable learning tool, with easy to follow techniques and tricks to become a better texture painter."

Sebastian Lauer - Texturing/LookDev TD at PIXOMONDO


ADAM FISHER -Freelance Character Artist


MARIANO STEINER - Character Artist @ Rockstar Games


DANILO ATHAYDE - Freelance Character Artist


ABRAÃO SEGUNDO - Character Artist @ Second Chance Games


 All Lessons


Conceptual lessons that will give student a deep foundation on the skin color theory, characteristics and variations present in cultures across the world.


Lesson 01:

Introduction to Mari Brief overview of the user interface, controls and instructor’s preferred workflow.

Lesson 02:

Texture Cleaning and Preparation How to prepare textures to be used inside Mari. Cleaning Highlights and producing an albedo­like texture.

Lesson 03:

Bit Depths Technical background behind the concept of bit depths and their importance.

Lesson 04:

Diffuse Map How to create a diffuse color channel from a set of photo references.

Lesson 05:

Shallow SSS map How to create the one of the essential SSS components.

Lesson 06:

Mid SSS map The second element needed to build a good SSS skin shader.

Lesson 07:

Deep SSS map The third SSS component and its colors.

Lesson 08:

Deep Mask Controlling deep map influence.

Lesson 09:

Primary Specular map The main specular map, regions and intensities.

Lesson 10:

Secondary Specular map Enhancing facial features and reflections.

Lesson 11:

Glossy map Tight vs broad reflections.

Lesson 12:

Bump Map Augmenting high frequency details.

Lesson 13:

Displacement textures Preparing Surface Mimic’s* textures to be used inside Mari.

Lesson 14:

Displacement Map Creating a full displacement map based on textures from previous lesson.

Lesson 15:

Eyes Diffuse map Iris and Sclera color map.

Lesson 16:

Eyes Specular map Giving life to the eyes.

Lesson 17:

Eyes Bump map Adding volume to veins and iris. 

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Painting a Realistic Skin Texture Using Mari

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