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Tiny tips: Wild skin colours

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This one is about underpaintings for skin colours. I often see beginners pick a reddish ultra-saturated pink colour and go with it - that's not the way to satisfyingly real results. And let me say: Use reference. Really.

"Ranarh's tiny tips" is a collection of iddy-biddy tutorials, each containing small bites of advice anyone can chew, aimed at beginner's level artists. They are not software-dependent. If there's a problem you have, something you feel someone should finally explain, or are just curious what I have to say on a particular artistic issue, feel free to tell me.

You'll find the whole Tiny Tips Collection, plus some full-grown walkthroughs in my tutorial section.
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Mandinga91Student Traditional Artist
its interesting how you took some ideas from Dante Gabriel Rosetti and maked them more actual...this is really useful...im starting to use MyPaint and i really found this useful,so thanks for sharing it!!!
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
I'm glad you like it.
I learned this technique as a youngster, out of a "how to draw and paint fantasy" book, and always found it gives nicer skin colours than mixing them around only ochres - that looks much like makeup.
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Mandinga91Student Traditional Artist
you are right! helpful technique,indeed!!!
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OrtalShrikiHobbyist General Artist
Great tut thank you so much :)
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
You are very welcome.
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Nodnal99Student Digital Artist
Awesome I gotta try this out.
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
Good luck! :thumbsup:
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Velena-GorosamaProfessional Digital Artist
Wow, that makes sense! Thanks, I'll try this one.
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
You are welcome :)
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just awesome! what program do you use? :D
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
Thanks! Myself, I'm only using Painter.
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pixiestikkHobbyist General Artist
Oohh this reminds me of the different colour make-up bases you buy for the skin... It makes so much sense now! Sorry, such a prissy thing to say. :XD:
This is incredibly useful to me right now! Thank you so much! Haha
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
I guess it does a bit ;)
Thanks! :D
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pixiestikkHobbyist General Artist
Oh, and do you think mixing these colours with other skin tone type colours could work? Or lighter versions like the aforementioned make-up bases?
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MeganMissfitStudent Digital Artist
VERY helpful! thank you!
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
You are most welcome.
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eleroHobbyist General Artist
hmm... very interesting... green underpainting for skin and a beautiful result :P I would have never guessed :D Thanks for sharing these tips, it's really helpful :)
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
I'm really happy it is useful to you! :D
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I also often make the mistake you said, because I don't feel comfortable when too many colours are splashed on the skin. What a simple trick to create different colour tones on the skin ! Thanks a lot for sharing.
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
Thank you very much - comments as this make it worth the effort! :D
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You have some beautiful stuff in your gallery. The colors are wonderful :)
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
Thank you for this nice comment :thanks:.
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people who take the time to make tutorials are surely going to heaven!! LOL

thanks for the tips and the inspiration!
I'm just sorry I tried it and FAILED! lol
I need some more practice!!!!

thanks for the pre-raphaelites inspiration as well ;) I luv'em :aww:
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
Wow! Thank you, I'm honoured!

And yes, practice goes a loooong way :phew:
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