28 Jul 2016

Use These 4 Colors to Paint Any Skin Tone

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Sometimes less is more...

When picking colors, It's easy to get overwhelmed by the full spectrum available to us. Though it may seem counterintuitive, it can actually be a great help to strip back the amount of colors we allow ourselves to paint with.

Let's take a look at how we can use just four colors to paint any skin tone we want...

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Tutorial by David Belliveau

Tutorial Summary

This technique is based on the palette of Swedish artist Anders Zorn, who was renowned for using just four colors to paint skin: white, black, crimson red and yellow ochre.

How to Paint Skin Tones 01

The only 4 colors you need to blend any skin tone

1. Begin by blending a mix of red and ochre

Painting Realistic Skin Tones Step 1: Blend a mixture of red and ochre

2. Use the eyedropper to sample the result, and lay down a base layer

Painting Realistic Skin Tones Step 2: Use the eyedropper to sample the result and lay down a base color

3. Use a touch of white to add some highlights

Painting Realistic Skin Tones Step 3: Add some highlights with white

4. And black for the shadows

Painting Realistic Skin Tones Step 4: And add shadows with black

5. Watch the full tutorial to see the technique explained in detail

Watch the full tutorial to see the technique explained in detail

It's as simple as that...

Happy painting, and make sure to send us your results!​​

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9 Responses

  1. Mike555

    very cool tuto and amazing palette!!!
    very effective!!
    I had a lot o fun trying this.

    Ps: It would be great if you guys create an original tool preset library that we can reload everytime you share new brushes… (just easier to store them all). ^_^.

    Thanks again!!

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