Hi there! Thanks for your question. I don’t have these down to an exact science, but there are just a few colours I tend to use for skin tones with different ratios for each. I’ve tried to break it down according to how I think about them - I’ll first figure out whether the person is cool or warm-based. Cooler skintones have more blues in their undertone, and warmer have pink/yellow undertones, and there’s also the occasional neutral skin tone that almost reads as a green (sometimes found in olive-skin types). I always start with a very, VERY light wash of a colour, and this could be either a pale version of their final skintone or the undertone - usually a blue, yellow, or red. Afterwards I’ll start layering colours on top of that, to finally reach the darkness of colour I want. The colours used for the images below are lemon yellow (cool yellow), new gamboge (warmer yellow), quinacridone red (warmer red), quinacridone magenta (cool red), phthalo blue, and burnt umber in Daniel Smith watercolours. Sorry for the wonky face drawings, but here we go:
A very, very watered down mix for those who pretty much burn if they go out in the sun, new gamboge & quin. red. These types are very pale and tend to be bright pink-based. I’d say you could get away with the skin base being the white of the paper and just use straight-up watered down red for the very porcelain.
A darker version of above - starting to use more yellows in the mix. New gamboge & quin red. Still pink-based.
Starting to use more yellows here, with lemon yellow coming into the mix alongside new gamboge & quin red.
This is the same exact mix as above, except I layered down lemon yellow first, and then the mix of new gamboge and quin red on top of it later. It’s similar but reads more yellow.
Getting into the more olive-skinned territory with the addition of phthalo blue.
More blue, with new gamboge and quin red, and darker make a tanner skin tone.
Started using burnt umber into the mix for a richer colour, leaning red here with new gamboge and quin red.
A darker almost brick-coloured skin tone, with new gamboge, quin red, phthalo blue, and quin magenta coming into the mix.
Reddish undertone with new gamboge, quin red & magenta, phthalo blue.
Gold-based undertone - this one’s just new gamboge and burnt umber.
More neutral undertone with new gamboge, burnt umber, and phthalo blue.
Dark skin with blue undertones - burnt umber and phthalo blue with the smallest smidge of quin magenta.
I’ll usually put a bit more saturation into the skin tone mix for blush and lips, and some blue into the shadows. Again, definitely start light and layer layer layer until you find the colours you like. Experiment with what you have and see what works for you. Hope this helps!
MASTER POST OF COLORS
Recipes stress that in order to make caramelised white chocolate, it must be a good brand with a high cocoa butter content. Not only is it pricey, but I would have to travel very far in order to obtain it. I mean, it’s delicious but not entirely worth it in all senses of the word. To circumvent that, simply cook the chocolate at a lower temperature! Although it takes longer it certainly beats the alternative.Ingredients250g (about 9oz) white chocolate, chopped into small piecesA pinch of sea saltPreheat oven to 100°C (212°F). Place white chocolate pieces in a large baking dish/sheet and heat for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread with a dry, clean spatula. Return to the oven and continue to cook for 40-70minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until the mixture is a deep-golden brown. Don’t freak out if the mixture starts to get dry and chalky. Just be patient and stir the mixture and it should smooth out. Remove from the oven and stir in sea salt. Pour into jar and store at room temperature. Once cool, it solidifies. To use, microwave in 10 second intervals or to sit in a bowl of warm water.
Aries: Daiya no Ace (Baseball)
Taurus: Hajime no Ippo (Boxing)
Gemini: Prince of Tennis (Tennis)
Cancer: Ping Pong Club (Ping-Pong)
Leo: Eyeshield 21 (American Football)
Virgo: Haikyuu!! (Volleyball)
Libra: Oofuri (Baseball)
Scorpio: Air Gear (Street Skating)
Sagittarius: Kuroko no Basket (Basketball)
Capricorn: Area no Kishi (Soccer)
Aquarius: Yowamushi Pedal (Cycling)
Pisces: Free! (Swimming)
Quick an’ dirty tutorial on how to create that car paint metal shading, for anyone who’s interested. It’s easier than it looks, it just takes some tricksy use of Photoshop’s layer blending modes. This was done in PS CS5, though it should work in just about any version.
This should work with any color using the same principles. Once the base is done, dirt and damage can be used to add some wear and tear, either painted by hand or taken from grunge maps.
Give me a pairing and a number and I’ll draw them kissing.
(don’t know if this is already out there, but I suddenly felt like doing it)
- on the forehead
- on the nose
- on the cheek
- on the eyelids
- on the ear
- on the lips (cute)
- on the lips (passionate)
- on the chin
- on the neck
- on the shoulder
- on the back
- on the hand
- on the foot
- on the leg
- on the chest/torso
- on the butt
- on the naughty-bits
Tuesday Tips - Power Shading
Here’s a technique I use often when attending life drawing sessions, especially nude sessions. I feel like it gives an energy and direction as well as clear volume to the figure. The more i know about underlying muscles, bones and general body structure, the more I can express through this technique. It’s kind of like a classic brush work when dealing with ink. It’s just more forgiving when using a Conte stick, by varying the angle and pressure of it.
Try it out!
ok so here’s how you do red reflections on green: you don’t
(…to be perfectly honest, reflected light is not my forte, but you could tell that already)
let me teach you a thing
The secret is basically not to get too heavy on the red! You can see from the eyedropped bits that you can get a very intensly red feel from very muted colors, because they are RIGHT THERE on a saturated green. Olives and browns will come across as red because color theory!
(I did all this shading with a hard round brush and pressure-sensitive opacity; I got most of the shaded colors by being very gentle with that obscenely bright red on top of the green, then eyedropping the color and shading it in.)
ETA: jesus christ i cannot words even when I am handwriting them on a picture. *a red reflection on GREEN not orange wow
OH! cool! thank you o3o
EDIT: I’m going to put the main bit of this up at the top and the rest under a cut!
- If our green ball is somewhat reflective but not shiny, our object will reflect back light that appears yellowish. A reflection in the object itself will appear darker/lighter green. (paint with warmer greens —> brown but don’t add red color. Keep values of reflected areas lighter than main object)
- If our green ball is reflective and shiny our object will reflect yellow light and the surface of the object will reflect back some of the red light, which may mix and create more of an orange reflection. (paint with warmer greens —>yellows, browns+ may add red color :> Keep values of reflected light areas lighter than main object)
- If our green ball is matte, reflected red light on it will appear as a lighter yellowish caste. (paint with warmer greens —> a few yellows, browns, NO red. Keep values of reflected light areas lighter than main object) (example should be more diffused but i’m tired)
OMG I only just saw this but it’s amazing and so much better than my original scribbles
It can be really demoralising when something you’ve put a lot of spoons into goes wrong, and when you’re dealing with depression or low self-worth the sense of failure can spiral really badly. These are some ways that I’ve managed to salvage mistakes- I hope they help you!
When the pasta sauce goes wrong: use it in cumin (Mexican) dishes
Anything largely tomato based can be added to a taco or burrito mixture without a noticeable affect on the taste, up to a ratio of almost 1/2 pasta sauce- 1/2 taco mix. It’s best if you have extra cumin, papriki/chilli powder or garlic to add, and if you use the pasta sauce as a substitute for the vegetables which you intended to put in (excepting beans).
When fruit is going soft: use it in deserts, especially with cloves
Trying to add fruit to your diet is hard. Don’t get discouraged if it goes off- this is the traditional purpose of jams and pies! Cloves are a great spice to have access to, but you’ll be fine without it.
Take your fruit, including any sad tomatoes or not-quite-vegetables, boil it up with just enough water to cover it, one or two cloves (or a pinch of clove powder), some flour to make it gooey (corn starch is ideal but not necessary), and a bucket of sugar (you should add it a cup at a time until it reaches a sweetness you like) until it becomes an unrecognisable sweet blob. Bottle this up and use it as the filling for puff-pastry tarts!
When you can’t stand the vegetable you need to eat: Anonymous Curry
This can be as mild or as spicy as you want. Use any kind of curry powder, beef it up with things you like, or pour lots of something milky into it to make it mild, and add the vegetables you need to have to it as a puree, or diced really small, or squished hideously from accidentally walking on the shopping bag it was hiding in. The vegetable will become nothing more than texture, which is something I often crave when I’m too low on spoons to cook meat.
When the rice turns out too hard or too soft or goes weird in the fridge: make Congee*
*there are lots of names for this, but Congee seems to be the one most westerners are familiar with? Be careful that your rice hasn’t actually gone off- rice can go off!!
Usually, if your rice is too soft or wet, continuing to warm it over a low heat will fix everything. If this isn’t an option, Congee is essentially rice porrige. You take your whack rice, hard or soft or dry or wet, cover it with water, and let it simmer on its own until everything is a gooey white porridge. You can boil other things in this rice porridge, such as egg, pork, or chicken!
This is excellent with omelettes, leftover vegetables, corriander/cilantro, chilli vinegar, flossed pork… everything ‘normal’ rice is good with.
Hang in there, friend. The kitchen will not always be a sad place!