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SKIN: a tutorial - Part 2 by navate SKIN: a tutorial - Part 2 by navate
Whew… okay. This section is very long, and a little intense. I realize I am simultaneously telling you to choose a unified palette, AND throw color all over the place. It’s definitely the most difficult and advanced section of the entire tutorial.

:spotlight-left: DOWNLOAD THE SUPPLEMENT CHART HERE :spotlight-right:
Import it into a program with a color picker, and go nuts. Compare the swatches, look at how the colors, saturation, and values changes. It will help, promise.

:star: IN THIS SECTION: :star:
Skin tones: how to achieve a range of skin tones (light, medium, dark, and fantasy) using the basic formula laid out in Section I.

This tutorial is very extensive and will be publish in four parts. If you just found it, please be sure to start with Section I!

:bulletblue: SECTION I: Skin Basics. Expanding beyond the usual shadow-midtone-highlight formula, and how to use each tonal range most effectively.

:bulletred: SECTION III: Background color and ambient light. How surrounding colors affect skin.
:bulletred: SECTION IV: Building a skin tone, blending and texturing. The technical section showing how to paint skin start to finish.

This tutorial uses mostly digital work as examples, but the theory behind it should apply to ALL mediums. But of course it goes without saying that this is hardly the end-all-be-all of skin painting tutorials. Just my way of thinking about it.

Also-- this should go without saying, but I will say it anyway: the ONLY WAY to learn how to paint/draw anything well, let alone realistically, is to STUDY COLOR THEORY AND FORM. All the stuff I blather on about in this tutorial is meaningless unless you take the initiative to learn the fundamentals of color and figure drawing.

:star: You can find color theory resources here in my journal.

Please, any questions, concerns, criticisms, etc: comment below.
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SKIN: a tutorial - Part 2 by ~navate One of the most comprehensive tutorials I've seen on DA - don't forget to check out the first part as well! ( Featured by Elandria )
dlapastel Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Nice job.  I'm always grateful for those who share, so thanks for this.
Red-WereZ Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant tutorial! So helpful!!!! :D
UltimateChimeraBlood Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Never knew how to color dark skin. This helped a lot!
ceremono Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
thank U so much, I love it
Dahliia-IMVU Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are amazing tips thank you.
quietpeople Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  New member Student General Artist
This is super helpful! Loved how you showed the information for darker skin tones as well - there's not many tutorials for this. Also loved the corpse skin, but think it looks very hard. Thanks for sharing.
monarchmobile Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014   Digital Artist
wow, i love this

it's really detailed and it's one of the only skin tutorials where everybody isn't just super pale white, it's lovely
OrtalShriki Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow so talented! Thank you for sharing :) i love the way you wrote all well and presented with photos. :) HI5
VulpineShadows Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Are these done in photoshop or in what program? What version number? 

You are very talented, by the way. :) very good painting and tutorial
navate Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I use Photoshop CS4 and Corel Painter 8, but the program edition is irrelevant.  You can get the same results in any edition from the last ten years. 
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