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June 21, 2013
Skin Colour + Others Palette by *Spudfuzz An extremely useful colour palette for all digital artists looking for complimentary ranges
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Suggested by SavageFrog
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Skin Colour + Others Palette

Please stop re-posting it on tumblr, I already have one which you can reblog from. Or alternatively, you can use the tumblr share link on the top right of this deviation page.…

I honestly don't mind if you share this on other sites, as long as the're just an explicit credit/ link back.

Intended for people who cel-shade (and who are new to colour theory in general), but hopefully provides a basic idea for shadows + light with blending. 

Tutorial on how to use: Using The Skin Colour + Others Palette by Spudfuzz (You don't need sai to use this chart, the tool is universal in all programs.)

Update: Expanded the chart to include a wider variety of skin tones + other random ones. Added it up and I think there's about 356 samples now, which is like... a single colour for every day of the year? ಠ_ಠ

Use the power of the burn-your-eyes-out-neons wisely. :giggle:

Some people mentioned they'd like to make more racially diverse characters but they don't know how to colour dark skin without it looking weird so I made this chart, each colour shaded and highlighted on it's own. And er, I threw in some other random colours for the hell of it. Just load it up into your program and use the eye dropper tool to select and paint. No credit needed of course, no one owns the rainbow. Though if you want to throw a link back it's always appreciated so more people can find and use it.

Notable comments:

As bread-doh pointed out, super dark colours (well, all of them really) can have a much higher gloss depending on the surface and lighting. This chart assumes a fairly normal light setting (daylight) so be mindful of that.

CuzzaCurry : "Keep in mind that darker skinned people's skin reflects quite a bit of light. So the highlight should be significantly lighter. Our palms and undersides of our feet are in the tan palette. Lots of people forget this."


Alternative (less saturated) version made by Lizalot

Skin Tone Swatches by Lizalot
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PacManMonster's avatar

Thanks. I do remember there was something similar which was skin tones by the culture, hair colors, and eye colors came from the old tutorials as well. 2007 is a long time ago.

MoccaBliss's avatar

Oh this helps so much, thanks!

Faxogryph's avatar

omg this reference is way better than the flesh cloud!! ty!!

Thank you very much this is very helpful

Dakota-Darkwolf's avatar

this is an absolutely amazing resource! I'm so glad I was about to find your name!

princssdesigner's avatar
Tysm for the palette! I will hse this for my FairyTail and OnS (Owari no Seraph) oc and fashion model series
PacManMonster's avatar
Excellent. I need to borrow these one day since I can't find the skintone guide that used to be around.
QuietBEGalaxy's avatar
Thank you so much for making this! It's been so helpful! :D

I've been using it for a while now, sorry for not thanking you sooner! :D
DrawMnr's avatar
omggg thank you so much !!!
Thank you very much. 
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VespertineMelody's avatar
This is so useful! Thank you for this <3

playercreeps look at this, maybe you could try cell shading with this lovely guide X3
LadyScoora's avatar
This is so useful! Thank you ♥♥
JemmaJennish's avatar
It looks great! Great job!^^
FantabulousSenpai's avatar
ERMAHGERD. This is super helpful! :D
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OMG... It's beautiful...
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Thank you so much for this wonderful tool, makes me happy! :)
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