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Supplement for Section II of the Skin tutorial. It’s much easier to see the compare the colors for the different skin tones in this format.

:skullbones: This is not the tutorial itself! :skullbones:
Please read the tutorial in full to get the most out of this supplement image!

:bulletblue: Section I: Skin Basics
:bulletblue: Section II: Skin tones
:bulletred: Section III: Background color and ambient light [coming soon]
:bulletred: Section IV: Blending and texturing [coming soon]

If you are having a hard time understanding Section II (and don’t feel bad if you are—it’s difficult stuff!) take this chart and go through it with a color picker. That should help you a lot in seeing the hue, value, and saturation differences that occur between skin tones, and within the different mid-tone / shadow / highlight ranges.

If color is really difficult or confusing for you, go here:
:star: Color Theory Resources

Thanks for reading :) I hope it is helpful.
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015   General Artist
While it makes my heart sink into my stomach, temporarily, it does communicate the concept.    
skystereo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, that is sooooo great!!!!!! Fantastic, thanks you very much for that contribution. Exactly what I was looking for!
BBMacToma Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that you put the faces there so I get an idea of what colors I'll be using for specific characters. Thanks! This is great!
Lionvisualmedia Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Student General Artist
How do you find the midtone for other colours
navate Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Read the tutorial linked in the description.
Kervala Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
Thanks a lot for these amazing tutorials :hug: I'll use them to determine skin color of my character in DAZ Studio :love:
DaggerWorks Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish section 3 and 4 were up
navate Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They will be created via crowdfunding when I have the time or organize it. 
DaggerWorks Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant wait! X3 i love your art!
NoAmare Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
This is very helpful, ty!
Kell-Lyn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thank yoooooou Hug 
ShortFocus Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Photographer
thank you so much! I have a hard time doing really dark skin tones, but this is really helpful! 
Thanks again :)
waterystar Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great resource, will definitely help me out.
Darkangelhiei Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student
thank you
littlemissweab Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing, i have trouble coloring but this should help me out thank you :aww:
DisturbingGreen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Phia99 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Thank you~
This tut is super useful :)
kangghee Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.  Very useful chart for visual reference.
LogicinWonderland Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Ooh, thank you for this! I often have trouble finding the right base tone, this is super helpful!
Meg-07 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to put this together and share along with the tutorials - it's super helpful!
Zedna7 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thanks so much for sharing :)
melsr007 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist
be0711 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
AdrianosArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This with the tutorial is very helpful! Thank you so much for sharing! 
ajCorza Featured By Owner May 29, 2014   Digital Artist
Awesome! thank you so much! :D
Inkbulb Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for this tutorial it will help me a lot...... :D :D :D 
XoLushPuppyoX Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
MichaelaClark Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for the wonderful tutorial, hopeful this will help with my colouring skills! :)
aluckymuse Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
are sections 3 and 4 abandoned or are you still planning on releasing them at some point?
navate Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I will finish them but I will need to crowdfund them through Kickstarter, once my health is better. :)
aluckymuse Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I see, well I wish you the best of luck with your health :)
manuarts3000 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Vercyngetorix Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These colors will help me to paint my personnage. Thank's a lot!
Do you have this for the back ground please?
artboy-2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am olive skinned and I often draw gold and olived skinned characters but I must say, ebony skin is gorgeous.
artboy-2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, my tan skin falls lighter than I expected by this chart lol.  Nice reference!
GarlicPoncho Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student General Artist
hot damn this is a great resource to have. thanks! 
PengiChan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Seraphoid Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
 I will be using this awesome chart in my self portrait (in my painting 1 class). :)
EgoDragon Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist
I fall from sky and you just picked me up ! thank you so much I was facing hard time on how to do shades for different skin tones . can I ask a 
favor ? ^_^ if you don't mind of course . 
can you tell me or show me how to color and shade a character in a dark place , for example in a dark room ? I need to know for my story that 
I am drawing , and I have no idea how to shade and color stuff in dark scenes q_q ! 

thanks and full of appreciations for your helps =D !  
zeilasun Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
HI!! Great tut!!! i though have a question I hope I can find an answer
I m struggle with the face painting and my results are always muddy

i watched a video where they say thatshould avoid brush with  use low opacity cause this will make the colour muddy, but then How do I blend the skin tone if I don t low the opacity of the brush? Should I go instead to pick a lither value of the color? 
My confusion is lower opacity in one thing, lither value of a color is another one right?
Pleaseee help me, i getting crazy here:)
navate Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Some people paint at high opacity and use light pressure to blend.  I personally prefer to use low opacity.  There is no right or wrong way.  BUT, if you are having problems with muddy colors, it is probably because you are not blocking in a decent color range before you start to blend.  You need to have colors down at full opacity first before you use low opacity to create a soft blend effect.  Block colors in first to establish the value range and palette, THEN blend.  I hope that makes sense.  :)
zeilasun Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
That s exaclty the answer I was looking for!! Yes it does make sense and you made my day!!,
i will try this then! Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge, you are not only great   cool artist but also a perfect teacher!
ankga-dexter Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
it`s great i can use them..
#thank`s :D
labyrinthine-queen Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I discovered this chart ages ago, but I still fall back to these palettes with most of the paintings I do. The colours, especially the warmth and the highlights, have added so much more life to my work. Thank you!
JC4Ever97 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Why are there some midtones that are lighter than the base colour? I thought the order to colour skin is peak highlights>highlights>base>midtone>shadows?
navate Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Skin is not uniform in color.  The mid-tones are essentially a sampling of the local color of the skin (the skin color unaffected by shadow or ambient light; the ACTUAL color of the skin).  Some of the mid-tones are lighter because parts of skin simply are lighter, the same way other parts are more red or darker. Highlights and shadow tones both deal with how the light source(s) are affecting the skin. 

Painting a form in color is not as simple as creating a light-to-dark gradient.  Thinking this way only considers value.  To paint in color, you must also think about hue and saturation.  If you try to simplify colored objects into just value you're ignoring everything that will help you paint it well.  :)  Hope this helps.
JC4Ever97 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Oh okay I think I got it.. so basically the mid-tones are entirely unaffected by light and shadow but by the actual orientation of the skin right? Like for example the redder midtones should be put at where there is blood beneath the skin and such? Thank you so much for answering so quickly! :)
JC4Ever97 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
PS. How can I know which parts of the skin are lighter and darker as well?
purlo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is fantastic! Thank you so much! 
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