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Skintone Tutorial part 1 by KristinaGehrmann Skintone Tutorial part 1 by KristinaGehrmann
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Part 2+3: [link]

Part 4: [link]

Part 5+6: [link]

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This is the first part of a big skintone painting tutorial I did last year. (it just wasn't until now that I found the time to assemble everything and finish it) :)
Please note that this is just "my" way to learn/paint/observe, and I can't guarantee that it'll make things "click" for everybody; I'm not a teacher after all and still have SO much to learn!
However, I'll be glad if it is helpful to anybody; and if you have questions, just let me know and I'll try my best to answer them.

The whole tutorial is going to consist of about 3 to 4 parts, depending how much text and images I can squeeze into one file without making it too heavy. XD

Since I'm a firm believer in learning-by-doing, I've come up with a practical exercise in each of these tutorial parts. To learn how to paint, there's no other way than actually doing it.

By the way, I put this in the "Photoshop" category since I used Photoshop here (with a Wacom Intuos tablet), but ANY painting program (Gimp, Painter, SAI, Opencanvas) can be used; since this isn't a software-specific tutorial - it's just about painting skintones!

Have fun, and thank you for reading! :D
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PsychoBunnyDoll Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Love your stuff <3!
cozacat Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist
thank you very much. it is helpful here.
drugivian Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
This is a very nice tutorial.
I was wondering ...since i love your tutorial so much i was
wondering if you can register on my site (Forum) and Post this tutorial in
the tutorial section of my forum located in the Graphics Area..
I would really appreciate it if you do.

You can check out the site here:
obasan45 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Thank you for this great tutorial!
:+fav:ing it for keeps! ^_^

I tried the colour palette for "pale skin" (number four), but as I was using watercolour pencils, I could only match three colours (magenta, pink, brown).

The black-and-white reference I used: [link]
My picture (fanart): [link]

I am inordinately pleased with the result! :icondragoninsane:
Sowwy! ^^; This is the first time I've tried skin-tone colouring

Thanks again! :hug:
otakufevah Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh wow I think this will help me loads on skin tones thank you so much for the work <3
animegirl007 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Thanks for the help....I really needed it :nod:
Mashimoshi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011   General Artist
I actually think this is instructive :3 I really have problems when it comes to colours, I can't choose the right ones to get a skin tone beacuse I just don't know how to combine them. I will read the other tutorials :3 Thank you.
UniqueDesire Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
love this! Thank you :)
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
Marmaladecookie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist
this is so useful :la:
thanks :3
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