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Published: November 29, 2009
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Supplement for Section II of the Skin tutorial. It’s much easier to see the compare the colors for the different skin tones in this format.

:skullbones: This is not the tutorial itself! :skullbones:
Please read the tutorial in full to get the most out of this supplement image!

:bulletblue: Section I: Skin Basics
:bulletblue: Section II: Skin tones
:bulletred: Section III: Background color and ambient light [coming soon]
:bulletred: Section IV: Blending and texturing [coming soon]

If you are having a hard time understanding Section II (and don’t feel bad if you are—it’s difficult stuff!) take this chart and go through it with a color picker. That should help you a lot in seeing the hue, value, and saturation differences that occur between skin tones, and within the different mid-tone / shadow / highlight ranges.

If color is really difficult or confusing for you, go here:
:star: Color Theory Resources

Thanks for reading :) I hope it is helpful.

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KLeighE Digital Artist
Thank you for these!
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Oh! This looks super helpful thank-you so much for sharing!

Hayley ^_^
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medievallassHobbyist Writer
Oh! This looks so helpful! Thank-you so much for sharing.

Hayley :floating:
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Juuria66Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is super useful! Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you so much for the chart I use it for my work! 
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orchidkittyProfessional Digital Artist
This was just what I was searching for :la: I have trouble choosing colors to make skin look realistic.
Thank you for drawing this :hug:
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Are those warm tones or cold tones???
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Thank you so much, this is pure Gold!
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This is detailed and well written.  Thanks for providing a visual explination on how to do skin tones properly.
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Usefull ! Thank you !
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After all these years that I've been an artist, I'm just now getting really into digital art. It's so intimidating, especially when I see beautiful work like yours. But this chart might be one of the most helpful things I've come across so far. Thank you for making this!
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Thank you!
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Thank you so much
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neoredxiiStudent Digital Artist
added to favorite senpai <3, this will contribute so much in my artworks ^_^ arigatou
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This is so awesome!!! I love the tutorials, they're fantastic. I've found it hard to find in-depth information on what colors to use for skin, and this is so perfect! Thank you so much for putting these up.
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This is so helpful!  Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you so much for this!
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This is incredibly helpful thank you.
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this is very helpful!
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You're amazing Cry forever thank you so much!
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While it makes my heart sink into my stomach, temporarily, it does communicate the concept.    
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