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September 13, 2012
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!
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SKIN: a tutorial - Part 2

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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These tutorials are amazing! Skin painting is always tricky and your advice is so helpful. Hope to read the next ones soon.

EvilCookiie's avatar

This has been incredibly helpful! Thanks so much!

yuukori's avatar
thanks! very helpful owo
ToshiroHoshi's avatar
Thank you for this! :)

ArtisticLadyinRed's avatar
You are amazing! What a lot of work you have gone to just to help others like me and I am extremely grateful that you did, :-) Thank you!
The-LegendaryExtreme's avatar
Disappointed that after 8 years part 3 and 4 aren't completed. :< Part 4 is what I was looking forward to!
navate's avatar
Me too! If you are eager for the next part please help fund the tutorial on Patreon. I am working on it now.  I have never made a single cent on these original two parts, despite the intensive hours and work I did to create them.  The chief reason for the delay initially was I cannot afford to work for free. The current reason for the delay is I am chronically ill, and my illness capsized my career and made it almost impossible to paint at all for several years.  I am doing better but still deal with daily, unpredictable symptoms that make it difficult and sometimes physically impossible to work.  So I REALLY can't afford to work for free.  I want nothing more than to be healthy again, able to work normal hours, but that is not my current situation.  I hope you can understand that. <3 

With crowdfunding, I finally have a way to be paid for the work required to create tutorials.  And I look at this 8 year gap as a good thing: I'm a hell of a better artist now than I was when I originally made these.  I have a lot of extra things to teach.  I miss doing tutorials and am excited to return to them!  I plan on doing many other tutorials beyond my original plans for this skin tutorial.

You can help fund the tutorials by pledging on Patreon.  More Patreon supporters => more reliable income => I'll be able to take fewer commissions => more time to work on tutorials and personal work => the sooner they get done!

Thanks for understanding. I hope the new tutorials will be worth the wait. :) 
The-LegendaryExtreme's avatar
I'm sorry to hear that you've been unwell! I hope you recover swiftly. It sounds like you are motivated though, and that's great! I think that's the hardest part of getting started.
I am mostly unemployed at the moment and doing freelance illustration to compensate, so unfortunately I'm limited on the funds I can spend every month, but I hope that once I get paid a few more times I'll be able to make a pledge. I'd really love to be able see your tutorials and the extra goodies you are offering!

Thanks for getting back to me. Good luck!! :D
twocupsofbancha's avatar
Thank you so much for sharing this! It's hard to find a more detailed explanation on how to paint different types of skintones, so this tutorial is very appreciated. :)
MariaEnzianiaKober's avatar
Thank you for providing this!
DANKDLEL's avatar
God! This is amazing! Thanks for this!!
highfieldcountrypark's avatar
This is so amazing.. I wanna say thanks for sharing this. :)
Amarthrien's avatar
Thanks for this awesome tutorial, it helps a ton :)
MaryKaoru's avatar
This is sooo great!! Love 
angela-sparkle's avatar
Wow, you really covered it all! Thanks <3
JoyChaos's avatar
one of the only people who also made one for different dark shades and not just white skin and olive tones. thank you so much
CadaverCrafts's avatar
This is seriously so useful and great for me right now, you have no idea how much this helped me!
Burning-Heart-Brony's avatar
Thank you very much for the tutorial, it explained lots!
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viktor52's avatar
So helpful! Up until now my skins looked bland and flat. Ton of help! Thanks!
aetheldeviant's avatar
thank you, thank you, thank you- so much!!  This is what I was looking for to help me past a plateau.
nuhyamin's avatar
where is part 3
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