I realized I never really explained in the original post how I did this or why it's different. What I usually do for this feature is take a low res screen capture (either my own or from a video), and paint over it in MS Paint (the newer versions with transparent brushes) or a better program like photoshop or gimp (which are easier because they can use layers). For this, I started with a much higher res base image, and then I used a total of three layers. The first layer I painted with semi-opaque, roughing out the shapes and 'basecoating' so to speak. The second layer, I drew the freckles and some of the face in with opaque. The third, top, layer, I paint over with a smaller, transparent brush. The computer equivalent of watercolors, maybe. It's pretty labor intensive, but it's the only way I have found to work in facial details like freckles that I am satisfied with. Any other way either has them too dark, or washed out, or not there at all.
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