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What Skin Colors? by Smirtouille What Skin Colors? by Smirtouille
Tutorial for painting in general, digi or tradi is equal.
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What Skin Colors? by *Smirtouille is a great guide to skin colours! ( Suggested by OneFreeInternet and Featured by UnicornReality )
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Chibi-Dracul Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
This is really well explained and very useful, thanks !
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Xiaooyu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much! :D
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Smirtouille Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome.
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Yuki-Namida Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial, thanks for sharing it! =)
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Gabbeh-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
bless you
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sampung-piso Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wooowww!!!! you're AMAZING! I wish you could be my teacher!
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EleonoraOpos Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Hmmm...helpful! Thanks:-)
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ErictheHalibut Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
ohh, very helpfull, thanks. :)
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Very instructive, thanks :D
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emstheunitaur Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Super helpful!
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Maaronn Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thankyouthankyouthankyou!
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lou2209 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Its very easy to follow :)
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sandipboral Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its awesome work
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Feuervogeliii Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist
good job :D
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EscyKane Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome! Great help!

But two questions: How does yellow light and red blood under surface cause green tones? That doesn't make sense in color theory. And to be honest, in your example the greenish parts remind me of healing bruises ^^;

The second thing is: "White skin absorbs the light while dark skin reflects it" This doesn't make sense from a physical point of view. Optics teached us that light surfaces reflect the light, that's why they appear white in our eyes - they reflect every wavelength of light, and all wavelengths together make white. Dark colors absorb the light, that's why they appear dark to our eyes. When all the wavelengths of the light from a lightsource get absorbed so there is no light left to get reflected into our eyes, then the surface looks black.

Those are the points I don't agree with or don't understand. But maybe you have a reason to say that? Explain please :heart:
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Smirtouille Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're right about the yellow and red, doesn't make sense.

About the white and dark skin, white skin absorbs more in a sense that it's not shiny, it doesn't make much highlight while dark skin shows more highlights, hence reflects more. More about the texture than the color.
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EscyKane Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Aaaah thank you so much for the great explanation! I see! Same with white and black horses - the white ones often look matte while the black horses look soooo shiny.
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Smirtouille Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Might be. You really see this reflection occurring on skin in this work, it's quite amazing: [link]
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EscyKane Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student General Artist
WOW that really looks awesome. Thank you for this demonstration. I've learned a lot
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Stang-cool Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
OMG! It's sooo helpful!
Thanks man!
You're so greatttt
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Mephyra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this guide, and it's helped me so much when painting skin in photoshop! Thank you so much for posting this! :]
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neverpoe Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
i am partially colorblind any extra tips
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IcingSugarPoison Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student Artist
helpful <3~
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Drawn-Imagination Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou for this. :)
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iatemypencils Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
woah, thx!!!
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XtreamCrazy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazingly informative. Shall fave for future reference! You have a lovely style.
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Sicnarf1 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Merci beaucoup pour ce tuto! C'est toujours utile d'approfondir ses connaissances!
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H2-O Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Lovely tutorial. :)
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AtlasOfYakutat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very informative
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4liceg Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
This is very informative! Thank you! :D
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po-ela Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Thank you so much! I really needed this!
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Treyzuka Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Some of the best insights are the remarkably mundane. Despite your humble offhandedness you have expressed some very complex ideas in an easy to follow way.

I truly commend this piece, and will adopt the principles therein from this point onward.
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lovers-and-fighters Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Super helpful! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm faving this for further reference!
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PinkDove100 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Pure awesome
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XenoPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
amazing
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pfenninger Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Very helpful! Thanks
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Jjiyo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Nice :D gonna :+fav:!
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adiyasa Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Student Filmographer
wow, thatnk you for this tutorial! :huggle:
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adamTNY Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for tutorial very useful
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AstralMiasma Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
This is what all tutorials should be, and fall horribly short of.
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claudiamm37 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
thanks for putting this together!
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ninykinin Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010   General Artist
This is exactly the kind of thing I need to focus on more. I don't usually think about how the lighting would effect skin, so I go off and paint it blindly,with no understanding of what I'm trying to achieve.
Thank you very much for sharing this, it will come in very handy :love:
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walkur Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
cooooool =)
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runningstreem Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Thank you for writing this, it is neat to see this actually written down and explained directly. I think that you did a great job of it, and that this gave a great written explanation to something quite difficult to explain.

I do have one question for you though, for paining digitally, what sort of brush (or brushes) do you use, and what sort of technique do you use to attain the texture of the skin?

Thank you both for the tutorial here on skin colors, and any answers you are able to give you my question. :)
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Smirtouille Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,
I use a hard round brush with no opacity variable to put on an under color, like green or blue or red depending on the light and subject, with medium to dark value.
Then I work over with opacity variable set on pen pressure and add an "external" skin color that is more yellow or pink and has a lighter value and use the opacity to get the transparency of the skin and the volume.
For smoothing I use the same brush as the smudge tool with a little scattering setting(around 20%) that help blending the colors at the flat places like the cheeks or the forehead.
If you're new to the smudge tool, quick tips: never set the strength on 100%. Set between 70 and 50%.
Never use on edges of a shape, it screw the thing away.
Don't overuse it, it flatten everything or turn it to plastic. Use it just a little bit with keeping brush strokes visible, only use it for the clean flat volumes, the inside of the shapes and not in every of them, otherwise it's too visible and seems unnaturally smooth.

You're welcome.
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runningstreem Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
I see, thank you very much for telling me :) I do appreciate seeing how different people create their pictures.
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silexitePrince Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
very informative! 10 stars!
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DeMyXrOcKz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
:O this is extreamly useful! thanks a bunch for making it!
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skelters Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Really useful! Thank you! :heart:
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Student Filmographer
Very informative!

Thank you for sharing this with us!
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