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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 )
amaoto9345 16 hours ago  New member
thank you thank you~ ><
HeavenlyOdyssey 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredibly handy, thank you for sharing :-)
cedreek14 Apr 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thanks, this is very helpful.
Thanks you so much for sharing this awesome tut
These are GREAT, thank you!
obiobi8 Mar 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
HEY, thanks for the useful tutorials, they re really helpful......
I think you should upload this section 2 also on your website.....some people might not know it exists.....
thank you, this seems easy to understand, it will help me with the arguments i have with my colored pencils (i know there is more colors needed and they will not tell me what they are) 
I cannot thank you enough for these tutorials!! :D :D :D :hug:
Thank you for this amazing tutorial!  I am new to digital realistic drawing and  relied intensively on this and am close to finishing an artwork. I learnt about undertones (did not know existed) and have a good starting point for all races now! I was wondering if I could link your tutorial to the work once it's done? Thank you very much =) It's great you want to help others too, I really admire your spirit.
1930905 Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing and for all your hard work!
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