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This is a follow-up to the blog which you can read here: Things To Know: Creating Human Characters of Color. The previous blog covered the numerous issues surrounding inclusion and diversity that are extremely important to be cognizant of (please read it if you have not yet done so). This blog will cover the nuts and bolts of depictions of non-white humans! Warning: this journal contains a LOT of images. 

This is an important topic because there are very, very few resources that will actually teach you about the differences that occur in the figure across race. All figure drawing measurements are based on the ideal European body type. This was not an accident, as the practice of phrenology (a pseudo science) declared that the most perfect specimen of humanity was the European body and all other iterations were deformities. Thankfully, we now know that to be a lie, but the bias in tutorials remains thus making it harder for artists who are struggling to properly depict people of color. 

#1. Skin

Digital Painting/Drawing Reference Links- SKIN: a chart - SUPPLEMENT IMGSKIN: a tutorial - Part 1SKIN: a tutorial - Part 2, How to paint dark skin characters tutorial packSkintone SwatchesSkintone Swatches IISkin Shades PalettesSkin Palette for MyPaint V2Color Theory Mini: Skin
Traditional Painting/Drawing Reference Links- Painting a PortraitCopic Skin Tone SwatchesMarker Tutorial Part II - ColouringColoring Skin (Color pencils tutorial)Watercolor Tutorial [Techniques + Flowers]Prismacolor Pencil Combinations I - RainbowPrismacolor Pencil Combinations 2: Warm ColorsPrismacolor Pencil Combinations 3: Cool Colors
Your skin is your largest organ. It holds all your guts in, it keeps germs out, and of course, it protects you from the sun! Skin color is one of the biggest indicators of racial background too! Scientists over time have sought to categorize skin tones based on all sorts of things (a lot of it racist :XD: ) however the Von Luschan chromatic scale and the Fitzpatrick scale are still being used to categorize skin tone. The Von Luschan chromatic scale was used to establish classifications by race based on geographical location. 

Very Pale –1-5| Pale – 6-10| Pale/Medium –11-15| Medium –16-20| Medium/Dark –21-25| Dark –26-30| Very Dark –30-36
By contrast, the Fitzpatrick scale is based on how the skin responds to UV light so it can be used to determine how well skin tans or burns in addition to categorizing skin tone by geographic location. Fun fact: because this method of typing is based on numerical values it has been used to make diversified skin tones for emojis.
In order to adequately understand how to whip up realistic and believable skin tones, you must first have some basic knowledge of color theory :D When dealing with skin we use words like "warm" or "cool" to describe the temperature of the color. So how can you know which are warm colors and which are cool colors on the color wheel? Warm tones are the colors that have reds and yellows in them, and cool tones are the colors that have blues and greens in them. 

Another thing to be aware of when adding color to skin is how color can "change" temperature when paired up with other colors. This is called simultaneous contrast. Simultaneous contrast is what happens when two colors interact with one another, and the effect is more striking when used with complimentary colors (complimentary colors are red & green, yellow & purple, blue & orange). 
The purple square is the same tone in each corner!
There is a generalized notion that darker skin tones are cooler in tone. While this can be the case in very rich bluish black skin tones, but light skin tones can be cool too! For example, "porcelain" is a very cool light skin tone. Interestingly enough, Brazilian designer Angelica Dass is currently working on a project to collect a massive library of human skin tones. She has connected the base tone from her photographs with Pantone color codes. You can check out the whole project here:
Pretty nifty stuff, I says!

#2. Hair

Digital Painting/Drawing Reference Links: Hair TutorialCurly Hair - Video TutorialJumbo Hair Palettes ChartCurly and Wavy Hair TutorialAsha's Hair Tutorial 3- CurlyCornrows tutorialBraid TutorialDrawing Ringlets 1Drawing Ringlets 2Drawing Ringlets 3Realism Tutorial+Painting anime hair...tutorial+
Traditional Painting/Drawing Reference Links: Tutorial: Drawing Ethnic HairShiny Hair TutorialCurls: One wayTutorial: How to draw hairHair tutorial 1 - Light hairHair tutorial 2 - Dark hairDrawing HairDrawing Blond Hair TutorialTutorial: Draw Hair : VER. 2.0Hair Tutorial
Hair is another indicator of racial or ethnic identity! Color, sheen, and texture are just as important as the way it is coifed. One common mistake that artists tend to fall into is making all hair straight and super shiny. Yes, healthy hair does have a bit of sheen to it, but not all hair is SUPER glossy and that is because of the hair texture. Hair texture is determined by the shape of the hair follicle. The hair follicle is the tissue that surrounds the root of the hair. 
In cultures around the world hair length, especially for women, is an indicator of beauty. In other cultures hair length can be linked to religion. For Sikh's hair length is connected to one's devotion to God, and it is considered a hate crime in the United States to cut a Sikh's hair for that reason. Hair, just like skin color, must be approached with a manner of respect. In the West hairstyles are simply accessories and customization, but for most of the world hair is a much deeper subject. 

Hairstyles & Headdresses

African Hair:
The African diaspora includes the following people groups:  peoples from AfricaAfrican AmericansAfro-CaribbeansBlack CanadiansAfro-South AmericanZanj, and Siddis.
All people of African descent have some curling or coiling in their hair natural hair texture. It's a common thought that this type of hair grows slowly, and that actually isn't quite true. While everyone's hair does indeed grow at differing rates (diet has a lot to do with it), African type hair tends to be very dry and brittle, prone to breaking easily so it is difficult to maintain or encourage new growth. Additionally, very tightly coiled hair appears to be much shorter than it actually is. Why do you see so many black people with straight hair then? There are two answers to that question: straightening with heatweaves or wigs & relaxers. You're probably familiar with wigs, but you may not be familiar with weaves. A weave is hair extensions that are woven into hair that has been braided tightly against the scalp. 
A relaxer is chemical treatment that permanently alters the physical structure of the hair follicle by straightening it. Relaxers tend to use caustic chemicals that can cause burns or allergic reactions so many people opt to have their hair straightened by a beautician. Because this process is permanent, roots must be touched up as they grow in.
Braids are a common hairstyle for people of Afro-Caribbean descent. Braiding protects hair from the elements and allows it to easily retain moisture. Braiding can be done in any pattern and with as little as one inch of hair. Cornrows (sometimes mistakenly called cornrolls...ugh) are a type of braiding that is done very close to the scalp resembling rows of crops. The term dates back to slavery. 
Images by artist Mickalene Thomas
Twists and locs are also a common hairstyle for the same reason as braids. Because of how tightly curled and coiled African hair tends to be it can tangle or loc up very easily. Contrary to popular belief neither hairstyle is dirty, smelly, or unkempt. 
Closely cropped or shaved styles are common in Western African nations and sub-Sahara Africa where the climate is very hot. Hair is cut short for utilitarian purposes, the main being to stay cool. 

Traditional hairstyles can vary by region and often consist of ornate braided patterns. 
Asian Hair:
Asia is an enormous continent consisting of more than just China, Korea, and Japan. In fact, most of the world's population lives in Asia. Many countries that are colloquially known as parts of the Middle East are also part of Asia. 
Asian hair has a very strong, coarse structure and for that reason it appears to grow faster than other hair types because there is less breakage, however because of this it can be resistant to some styling techniques. It also tends to be straight and less dense than European hair. Because Asian hair grows at an angle from the scalp, it is actually growing upward and very short cuts can look spiky. 
Layered cuts tend to be popular options to add volume to the hair.
K-pop inspired cuts and color are pretty trendy right now. Men's cuts are short on the sides and in longer layers on top, whereas women's styles can be quite varied and unique.  

Traditional hairstyles for weddings and special occasions are often dripping with beautiful jewelry and gems or traditional headdresses. These are not simply fashion accessories and should not be used outside of their intended uses.  
Sri Lankan

#3. Facial Features


Digital Painting/Drawing Resource Links: Massive Face TutorialSemi-realism nose - step by step, Everything Concerning LipsDrawing the Nose Video Tutorial, Exercise 24: Let's Draw a NoseHuman Nose- TUTORIAL,  Human Mouth- TUTORIAL, Age Progression of an Asian Eye, monolids, doublelids and hooded eyes, the all expansive 'asian' eye drawing guidei
Traditional Painting/Drawing Resource Links: Drawing reference : Asian eyesFace Patterns TutorialDrawing Mouths Tutorial Black People in Cartoon, Anime, and mangMANGA to REALISTIC PART ELEVEN Mouth TutorialTutorial: female lipsnose and lips - sketch tut

Nose and lip shape are another indicator of racial background. You've probably wondered from time to time why people of differing races have different nasal shapes, and the reason is adaptation! People of European descent have narrow noses because of the colder climates of the Northern Hemisphere. It's easier for the body to heat freezing air that has been inhaled through a narrower passage because it gets in contact with the mucous layer of the nose first. American craniofacial surgeon Dr. Stephen R. Marquardt created mathematical "Masks" to measure beauty. The Marquardt Beauty Mask is based on the golden ratio (which is based on the Fibonacci Sequence). Faces which fall into the bounds of these ratios are considered "beautiful." This mask can actually be very helpful to artists struggling with facial proportions. 
The Marquardt Beauty Mask frontal and lateral view. The stuff of nightmares. 
African: Lower lip 18 degrees wider from the corner of the mouth and extending to inferiorly to the labio-mental fold, Upper lip 18 degrees wider from the corner of the mouth and extending to the philtrum, Wider nose and nostrils (nasal ala and nares extend laterally) – such that the lateral aspect of the nostril (nare) is on the naso-labial fold, Eye brows in the brow zone superior to that of the Mask, Lateral border of the face slightly narrower than the Mask.
Asian: Medial epicanthic fold, Lateral epicanthic fold, Lateral border of the face significantly wider than the Mask, Eye brows slightly superior to that of the Mask with shorter tails, Slightly wider nose and nostrils (nasal ala and nares extend laterally), Superiorly positioned nasal columella creating a longer upper lip.
European: Slightly vertically thin upper and lower lips, Flat eyebrow (very little arch), Slightly wider nose, Lateral border of the face slightly wider than the Mask, (Narrow eyes, longer vertical chin, longer nose).
Composite images of "averages" have been created at and are rather interesting to review! Composite images taken of hundreds of people of varied nationalities make an average male or female face in this project. 

Average Filipino Male

Average Samoan Male

Average South African Female

#4. Mixed Race/Multi-Ethnic Individuals

I want to begin this section by first saying that there is a commodification of people who are mixed race based on their "exotic" looks and it is wrong. There are multiple outlets all over the internet declaring that multi-racial people are "more beautiful" amongst other things, including people going out of their way to conceive multi-racial children. Those sentiments are sickening. Not because people of multi-racial backgrounds are not beautiful, all people can be beautiful, but rather they are reduced to objects of desire based on how "different" they look.
"Mixed folks are great – GO US – but it’s simply not due to our genetic difference from the rest of humanity. We are not aliens; we are not dogs or other domesticated animals. We’re just another socially-defined group of people, and a force to be reckoned with – like the rest of our species." ChopTensils
About 8% of the Earth's population of humans is multi-racial. This means that these humans have ethnic and or racial backgrounds that differ in both parents. What features a person receives has a lot to do with dominant and recessive genes, and inheritance of skin color is an even more complex process because there are multiple genes involved. 

If you're confused, you're doing it right. 
There are at least eight genes involved in the genetic inheritance of skin color. For example my dad, and this is the only way to help you understand in layman's terms XD, was the same color as Beyonce :XD: But I didn't inherit that trait in spite of having grandparents on both sides being that shade of brown. 

I was a super cute baby as you can see. 
When it comes to other features their last effects from generation to generation depends on their dominance.

You can probably figure out what you've inherited from your parents using this handy dandy chart!
Because of the complexities of skin color inheritance, skin color cannot be assumed for people who are multi-racial until they are born. Hair type and eye color are dominant genes so they are the most inherited traits. However in some cases, such as Rashida Jones's (as seen in the gif above), hair, nose width, and eye color were not inherited from her African American father, however her sister Kidada did inherit those traits. 

Some other famous peeps whom you may not know are multi-racial are...
Norah Jones, her father was world renowned Indian sitar composer Pandit Ravi Shankar. 
Slash, his mother was African American. 
Tom Morello, his father Stephen Ngethe Njoroge was the first Kenyan ambassador to the United States. 
Maya Rudolph, her mother was African American soul singer Minnie Riperton. 
Shakira, her father was Lebanese. 

In closing I hope that the images, information, and resources were helpful to your endeavors! Let me know if you have any additional questions down in the comments section!


Hi guys, 
Here is our second 30 Day Monster Challenge Love 
Join us :wave:

Our Goals:

1. After 30 days you will have a great habit is to draw every single day. 

2. Improve your drawing skills: the more time you spend on your drawing and the more effort you will apply - the better skills you will get. 

IMPORTANT!! Please read carefuly and follow the Rules. Thanks!

Heart Rules:

1. Draw every single day. Choose that you will draw a boy or girl, or both :D (Big Grin)

2. Add to your descriptions something like that "This is my entry to @walkthrough-rookie 30 Day Monster Challenge" and add a link to this blog 30 Day Monster Challenge
This way everybody who would like to join our challenge will be able to do it :D (Big Grin)

Target Artworks without of the link to this blog in the descriptions will be declined (take a look here to see where you can copy the Link or Thumb

3. Submit your drawings to our WR's Challenges folder. (The folder limitation is 1 deviation per day)

4. Have fun!!

The Challenge will ends on 15th November  La la la la 

a) everybody who was with us for all these 30 days,
b) followed the Rules, and have all their artworks submitted to our Challenge foder 
c) will be featured in our blog for a month  :happybounce: 

Day 1: Favorite Monster
Day 2: Fear into Fantasy
Day 3: Satyr
Day 4: Human + x = Taur
Day 5: Vampire

Day 6: Winged Creature
Day 7: Ghost / Phantom
Day 8: Myth of your Heritage
Day 9: Object-Headed
Day 10: Of African Myth

Day 11: Of Middle-Eastern Myth
Day 12: Aquastic Monster
Day 13: Of Western European Myth
Day 14: Genderflipped Female Monster (for boys) / Genderflipped Male Monster (for girls)
Day 15: Werewolf

Day 16: Of Asian Myth
Day 17: Of Oceanic Myth
Day 18: Of Urban Legend
Day 19: Slime
Day 20: Of North American Myth

Day 21: Of Eastern European Myth
Day 22: Odd Couple
Day 23: Naga
Day 24: Of South American Myth
Day 25: Fairy Tale Based

Day 26: Young Monster
Day 27: Dragon Boy
Day 28: Sci-Fi
Day 29: Tentacles
Day 30: Zombie

Day 31: A Congrats Banner For Finishing The Challenge (optionaly)

The winners of our past Challenge: 

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30 Day Monster Challenge - Kelpie by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Under the Bed by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Satyr by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Wolftaur by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Phlebotomist by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Silly Dragon by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Creepy Ghost by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Chupacabra by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Dice Head by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Umdhlebi by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Mushussu by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Angler Fish by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Troll by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Merboy by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Werewolf by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Kappa by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Singa by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Bunnyman by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Slime by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Sasquatch by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Firebird by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Kitty by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Naga by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Chonchon by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Ribbit by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Monster Man by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Dragon PJs by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Alien Attack by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Fishmongers Ood by Saokymo  30 Day Monster Challenge - Zombie by Saokymo 

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30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 1 - Drifloon by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 2 - Slenderman by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 3 - Niyol by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 4 - PARTY ANIMAL by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 5 - Staz by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 6 - Gryphon by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 8 - Lion Dance by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 10 - GROOTSLANG by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 7 - King Boo by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 11 - Sphinx by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 12 - a dolphin by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 13 - Medusa by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 14 - fem!minotaur by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 16 - Tsukumogami by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 17 - Maoi by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 20 - Rainbow crow by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 21 - Equalidog by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 22 - oops by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 23 - Nagi Naga by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 24 - Cuero by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 25 : soda genie by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 26 - baby jraegun by sp00ntane0us  30 Day Monster Challenge - Day 30 - Mr T by sp00ntane0us 

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There are few hard and fast rules when it comes to pricing artwork to sell. Why you ask? Well for one there are many variables that go into determining the cost of the artwork. It’s for that very reason that many artists (including myself in the past) sell themselves tremendously short. Another reason we as artists feel our palms getting sweaty when someone asks for a price to an artwork is because we feel as though we’re not being true artists if we accept money for our work. No, no no. Listen, I can tell you from experience that the “starving artist” lifestyle is waaaay less glamorous than it sounds when your pantry is bare for reals. There is absolutely nothing shameful about getting paid for honest work, so don’t try to make yourself feel guilty or ashamed of turning a profit. On the other hand, artists fall into the mire of not even knowing how to price individual artworks. This confusion only gets worse when you look at the price tags in galleries or check out Sotheby’s.

Today I’m going to give you a few tools to get started! 

What’s your time worth?

You know that saying, “if you don’t value your time no one else will?” It will serve you well when it comes to pricing your artwork, especially if you are a craftsperson, or if you are making non-tangible things (digital artwork, design work, or writing) to start off with an hourly wage for yourself. Be reasonable, and by reasonable I don’t mean starting at whatever your state’s minimum wage is. For example, let’s say you set your hourly rate at $15 and create an artwork that you spent 20 hours on how much do you charge? I know, I know I can hear you all now, “ damnit, Xadrea! You know artists are bad at math!!” Just pull out the calculator and get on with it. Your earnings with those hypothetical numbers would be $300 (wage x time = cost).

Regardless of what anyone tells you what we as artists do does in fact matter. We are legit, we are professionals, we are important, and we deserve to be paid.

What’s your stuff worth?

For those of us making tangible artwork, it’s incredibly important that we know what our materials cost. Now, in no way am I discounting the fact that you must spend money in order to make it. The fact of the matter is if you’re spending more than you’re making, you’ve got a problem. This is one of the ways it’s so easy for artists to sell themselves short. Let’s say you make a painting and your materials cost you $30. Modify upon the previous equation to this: wage x time + materials = cost. Your earnings would then be $330.

If your work is 2D (paintings, drawings, and the like) you may want to base your charges on the scale of the artwork. You can do this by charging by square inch (height x width) or by linear inch (height + width). With both you would need a multiplier, essentially what you want to charge per square or linear inch. Let’s say you choose a multiplier of $1 per square inch. The equation you would use for an 11x14 painting charging by the square inch would be the following:  height x width x 1 = cost ($154). If you used the same scaled painting to charge by the linear inch with a multiplier of $10 your equation would be the following:  height + width x 10 = cost ($151).  This method of charging will help you establish consistent prices for similarly sized artworks. Whether you decide to charge for labor is entirely up to you.

Selling on dA for points

Many of you folks sell your artwork on dA which is great! There are plenty of opportunities to sell through the prints shop or to sell content. I realize that many of you accept points as payment, and there are some things you should know about going that avenue. The first thing you should have a complete understanding of if you accept points as payment is their monetary value. 100 points sounds like a lot doesn’t it? 100 points is equal to $1.25. Know your conversions to $ when you set points prices. Also, be smart about what you decide to sell. Remember, if you choose to sell Premium Content through dA (as opposed to charging points yourself) you will be subject to a 20% tax (so you keep 80% of your earnings). Stop wrinkling your nose, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal anywhere else online or in real life for that matter. I’ve shown at galleries that require up to 60% of whatever the artist sells in artwork. Refer to this handy journal… to learn more about selling premium content. Refer to this handy points calculator by charfade to get quick and accurate conversions of points to $USD.

DeviantArt Point Calculator by charfade

You set the prices, so don’t sell yourself short

This last point goes back the first point: value your time. Often times we as artists feel uncomfortable putting a price tag on what we make because we somehow feel unworthy to do so. What ultimately happens at that point is some serious undercharging. Stand firm on whatever prices you choose to sell your work, and market yourself accordingly. If you charge too low you’re not only losing sales, you’re cheapening your artwork and losing potential collectors and clients as well as other artists. Do not do it.

For more handy ideas on how to start selling your artwork check out these articles!

F-ING BEE. HOW TO BE A FREELANCE ILLUSTRATOR by alexiuss Venues, Exposure, How to Sell Your Art - Part 1I've got mixed feelings about "exposure." By exposure, I mean how you, fellow artists, get your work out into the world so people can enjoy it and possibly even remunerate you for it.
Ways and means are:
1. Art Galleries
2. Public Venues
3. Charity Auctions
4. Festivals and Events
5. Online Websites and Communities
I'm going to talk about the first three here and what has or hasn't worked for me.
1. Art Galleries
This is the big one. Everyone wants to have *Gallery Representation* < /Awed Voice > because isn't that how art is sold? Traditionally, yes; the channel, for centuries, has been artists-->galleries-->collectors.
So how do you get a gallery to represent you? New artists often face the same paradox as new graduates do when trying to get a job where no one will hire you if you don't have experience but you can't get experience unless you have a job. So galleries won't pay attention to you unless you've already been represented by galleries.
We all start somewhere. I stand
Venues, Exposure, How to Sell Your Art - Part 2In a previous entry, I discussed galleries, public venues, and charity auctions as potential sales channels for art. Now I'll share my experiences with festivals and online websites.
4. Festivals and Events
By "festivals", I mean art-themed events like art walks and organized open studio tours. These are, by far, the best opportunity for sales.  Here is a comparison of my best and worst experiences.
My least successful event was a one night mega-gala featuring visual art, body painting, and a popular local entertainer at a large venue. Artists were juried by the promoter and then charged a $200 nonrefundable entry fee. Tickets to the event were $60. The artists were asked to sell tickets to their friends and customer base for a commission. The event was positioned as a fundraiser for an arts foundation that I didn't recognize, but a brief internet search revealed that this foundation was run by the promoter.  
No one
Making Money From Your Art by Eman333



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