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Color Theory Mini: Skin by twin-tail Color Theory Mini: Skin by twin-tail
Request by one of my watchers, who asked me about my color choices when painting skin.
Even though I haven't been uploading my commissions lately except to their owners, I think maybe other people will find this useful.
Notice that when I blend the outcome is different than the actual color selection (the colors I pick when I use watercolor or airbrush like tool).
When I'm only using hard brush like pen, I will mix the color optically, but it's easier to explain the way I do this using the "true" colors I'm mixing together in my head. So you could mix it together on a separate layer and eyedrop selection from that if you want.
Hope this is useful even though it's more notes than a tutorial. I would like to make a color theory tutorial eventually... that is really a tutorial.
And you can use this for any digital media and any style really.
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:icondarkserpent87:
DarkSerpent87 Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Student General Artist
thanks I have trouble with skin color sometimes so thank you
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:iconhelsic:
Helsic Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
great thank you!
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:iconmrhighness:
MrHighNess Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Student Interface Designer
Thnx 
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:iconpuzzledingalaxy:
PuzzledInGalaxy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg ... THX !!!

This helped a lot :D
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:iconseventhvioletsilence:
SeventhVioletSilence Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! This tutorial is super helpful, thanks! :)
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:iconsillyau:
SillyAu Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist
Veryveryveryveryveryvery VERY helpful!!Thanks a lot!
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:icondetectiveofgallifrey:
DetectiveOfGallifrey Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
This is a very helpful tutorial. I often make the mistake of going with only one color hue. Not only with skin, but other things as well.
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:iconpsycho23:
psycho23 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! I always did the bottom part of the tutorial of picking colours in the same hue XP the foot I just coloured looks so much more alive!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!
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:iconmiwmo:
MiwMO Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Thx
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:iconhpsr175:
Hpsr175 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Fantastic reference for being a mini 1. I'm just now getting into painting and this is really helpful. Thanks
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:icondudgus2429:
dudgus2429 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
awesome!!
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:iconsappira:
Sappira Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is very helpful and makes me happy, danke!! :happybounce: 
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:icond5656:
D5656 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very very much! ive surched so long for something like that
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:iconmakaylafashion:
Makaylafashion Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful. It's hard to find saturated pallets for darker skin. These pallets are wonderful!
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:iconpenny-wren:
Penny-Wren Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
its so nice thank you *^*
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:iconadlescouflair:
adlescouflair Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Thanks :) :) That will help a lot :)
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:iconchromarin:
Chromarin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014   General Artist
Very useful and interesting! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the world! :)
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:iconitaloamericana:
ItaloAmericana Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These palettes are beautiful!
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:iconprettypinkp0ny:
PrettyPinkP0ny Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gosh these skin color palettes are GORGEOUS. Thank you so much for sharing!
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:iconwriters-411:
Writers-411 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is also helpful! Great!
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:iconbanana-banshee:
Banana-Banshee Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Thank you, this is gonna be very helpful! ><:heart:
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:iconanime-master-96:
anime-master-96 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
love it :iconakawplz:
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:iconshiwizilla:
shiwizilla Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Very helpful, thanks a lot!
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:iconvictoria-summerheart:
Victoria-Summerheart Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013   General Artist
oh my god yes
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:iconayikaz10:
Ayikaz10 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you for including dark skin in the examples, that like the hardest type for me.
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:iconpastel-tea:
pastel-tea Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
uwaaah beautiful tutorial!
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:iconultimatesketchqueen:
UltimateSketchQueen Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow-- thank you SO much for this mini tutorial ;u;
It's great!~
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:iconlocalmilk:
localmilk Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So helpful. Thanks.
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:iconnecrophagy:
Necrophagy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, this is useful. o:
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:icontwin-tail:
twin-tail Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay~ glad you think so ^^
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:iconayikaz10:
Ayikaz10 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
This has made my life better :)
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:icontwin-tail:
twin-tail Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Success! ^^
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:iconart-game-lover:
Art-game-lover Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
neat ^^
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:icontwin-tail:
twin-tail Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you~
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:iconart-game-lover:
Art-game-lover Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome ^^
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:iconoopses66:
oopses66 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
do you use sai?
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:icontwin-tail:
twin-tail Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi~
for this and most of my works i use clip studio paint~
but you can do the same effect in any digital paint program like sai too ^^
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:iconiinaruto-kunii:
IINaruto-KunII Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this helps alot :3
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:icontwin-tail:
twin-tail Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm glad! ^^
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:iconaxiniana:
Axiniana Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you! I've always had problems with skin shading. Do you mind if I try using the color palettes you provided here just to take a grip?
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:icontwin-tail:
twin-tail Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you found it helpful ^^ yes you may use the color palettes it's fine ^^
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:iconviewtiful94:
viewtiful94 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great,, i have a problem with which the best colour xD and i always end up using colour in same hue ._.
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:icontwin-tail:
twin-tail Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same hue is great for some surface~ but if you are drawing skin, not so much ^^
Unless you are coloring data from star trek h h h ^^ ;;
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:iconviewtiful94:
viewtiful94 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmm so for skin i should try use a different hue?? okay i will try it ^^ thx for the advice.. huahaha XD
oh no,, i don't understand at all about star trek LOL XD
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:iconzamberz:
Zamberz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
so cool =D
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:icontwin-tail:
twin-tail Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks ^^
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:iconfaithwoe:
Faithwoe Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial :) This will come in, pretty handy.
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:icontwin-tail:
twin-tail Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you found it helpful~~ :hug: :hug:
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:iconbabybutta:
BabyButta Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I really appreciate that you used a dark skinned reference with this, It sure as hell helped me out a lot, and others as well who complain that coloring darker skin characters are hard. 
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:icontwin-tail:
twin-tail Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, dark skin follows different rules than light skin, so it can be difficult ^^ I am happy that you found it helpful~
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