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Methods for Painting Realistic Skin Tones
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Released Dec 1, 2012
Kurt Jones

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Kurt Jones
In this tutorial, we'll cover tips and techniques that will help you create realistic skin tones. We'll begin this process by mixing a variety of skin tones to paint the head of a light skinned Caucasian female. From there we'll take a layered approach of building up our skin tones by applying a base tone first followed by blocking in mid-tones, shadows and highlight tones. As we progress, we'll focus on specific areas of the head and face and explore how the skin's appearance varies throughout. Finally, we'll finish by adding some final details to our skin tones to tie everything together.

As we'll see, in addition to tones, there are several elements of skin to consider such as reflection and translucency. Throughout this series of lessons we'll also discuss a few common mistakes that can be made when painting skin tones. While everyone's skin is different you will be able to apply this method of painting skin to your own projects.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:03
Mixing the base tone
2

Mixing the base tone

 
09:17
Mixing the mid-tones
3

Mixing the mid-tones

 
11:35
Blocking in shadows and blending
4

Blocking in shadows and blending

 
11:07
Adding warm tones and highlights
5

Adding warm tones and highlights

 
08:46
Painting the eyes
6

Painting the eyes

 
13:16
Painting the ear
7

Painting the ear

 
07:25
Painting the nose
8

Painting the nose

 
09:50
Painting the lips
9

Painting the lips

 
10:21
Refining overall details, colors, and values
10

Refining overall details, colors, and values

 
08:59
Continuing to refine
11

Continuing to refine

 
09:03
Final details
12

Final details

 
12:59