How to Blend Skin Tones..

airbrushtutor

Love Spreading Overseer
Here's a video showing the correct way to blend skin tones.
This tutorial doesn't go into detail about how to mix the actual colors but does tell you what colors you'll need.
The important things to take away from this video are:
  • Whenever color mixing in airbrushing - the golden rule for a vibrant color finish is never to mix black & white in the same color! This dirties the color making it appear muddy, dull and lack depth.
  • Build color artworks with opaque colors and only use transparents to shift these colors or brighten them.
  • Only paint a darker color, when it has 100% of it's child color underneath (Skin tone is the child of mid tone which is the child of shadow tone).
  • Generally for full color artworks you'll want to work in 3's as a minimum - this means using a base-tone, mid-tone and shadow-tone for different parts of an artwork. For example a typical portrait will have 9 colors: 3 for the skin, 3 for the hair, 3 for the lips. However, these rules can easily be broken when using transparents to shift colors and heavily depend on the colors of the artwork you're painting.
[video=youtube;AvkPDQbVl_c]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvkPDQbVl_c[/video]

And here's the link to the text tutorial:

http://www.airbrushtutor.com/how-to-blend-color.php
 
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Max Chickens

Guest
great video mate....looking forward to trying it out...
 
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ferret

Guest
Master yet another piece of invaluable info for us all .Thanx again
 
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Pauly

Guest
I enjoyed the newest video very much. For me, probably the most informative. So you are saying to do your skin tones, highlights and shadows as an under-painting with the Opaque mixture first, then go over it with the Transparent over top. Do you use the same shade as the lightest skin tone and building it up or are you doing it in stages as you did with the Opaque tones? I will be watching this particular video several more times. Great job. Thank you.
 
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Pauly

Guest
also... how would you make skin tones for people of African decent?
 

Mr.Micron

Royal pain in the air hose
Admin
Thanks for all you do . The fades I have ,the color mixing I have a hard time with, But I have not tried the little square spray out with a triangle cut into it, I have been spraying on the edge of the paper and holding it up to the reference pic, That may be why my skins tones are off at time.
 

AndreZA

Air-Valve Autobot!
Great work Mitch, thanks. This also shows how much more transparent paint you need to lay down for it to cover.

Thanks for all you do . The fades I have ,the color mixing I have a hard time with, But I have not tried the little square spray out with a triangle cut into it, I have been spraying on the edge of the paper and holding it up to the reference pic, That may be why my skins tones are off at time.

Mr Micron, I use a single hole punch to make my opening in a piece of paper.
 
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Cordyk

Sheriff Woody (Admington)
That's a superb vid you done there Mitch, I have learnt loads from that...how did you get the reference picture of my misses!!! ;)
 
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Malky

Guest
That's a superb vid you done there Mitch, I have learnt loads from that...how did you get the reference picture of my misses!!! ;)

What, you married my sister, and I wasn't even invited, and I was already angry when Mitch stuck his face between her "headlines"lol
 

Cordyk

Sheriff Woody (Admington)
What, you married my sister, and I wasn't even invited, and I was already angry when Mitch stuck his face between her "headlines"lol

Lol!! Sorry Malky it was a very low key affair...I think Mitch should give us one of his new t shirts for free so we drop the law suit!!
 

airbrushtutor

Love Spreading Overseer
also... how would you make skin tones for people of African decent?
Darker skin tones can be mixed with more blue! I need to go alot more in depth with color mixing but that's the short answer.
put less white into the orange mixture and add more blue.
the amazing thing about color mixing is that you can literally mix ANY color! If it doesn't look exactly like the color then you haven't matched it.. with your own skin color - you can mix it so perfectly that when you place it on your skin and rub it - all you can see is that it's wet.
Colors are extremely difficult to match and once again they just take practise and sometimes alot of wasted paint.

You build up transparents the same as your opaques using the lighter colors first. But you can do entire artworks in transparents by starting with black and getting lighter... just to confuse you.

Apologies for you sister Malky, girlfriend Kev... I should've gotten permission. appleopogies.

Hey thanks for all the compliments by the way :) the color series should be alot more interesting than lines and dots!
 
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fer

Guest
Great vid on the skin color , took my a lot of time to get it close to my reference. Dont know if the brand of paint has an influence, the brand that i have is a box of Schmincke Aero color and has standerd 5 different colors of red and yellow.
 

Darren

Needle-chuck Ninja
Great job on this latest video tutorial, really enjoyed this one and will watch again soon when i have my paint out!
 

AndreZA

Air-Valve Autobot!
Mitch, you say never use black and white together unless you want grey. I was taught when painting that if you want to change the tone of a colour, you use grey (black and white). Not the same in airbrushing?
 

airbrushtutor

Love Spreading Overseer
Excellent question andreza :) I was taught exactly the same- mix black and white first and get the tone, but what i learnt when we began commercial airbrushing was that people would respond to the brightness of the colors more so than the skill level of the artwork. I think the colors you choose are more important than the actual difficulty of the picture.
I also found that you can mix any color without using tone. you substitue the blue for black. There's a huge difference when you mix black and white because the color becomes so dull.. you really have to go over with transparents to fix it.
It's my way of doing things and what i strongly recommend to anyone else.
 
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ferret

Guest
Hi , all i just thought i would chuck my 2 pence worth in to the mix . When i first started using auto water based paint ,i would look for a formulation on the paint software which gave sometimes 9 variations Whoops !!!! which one do i use ??>???? . I always made a spray out card to check it out properly .The reason for this is that until sprayed out a lot of modern water based paints did not actually look like the colour shade tint you were trying to match .I then went to the manufactures colour lab for a training coarse which i have to say has been a life saver showing how to tint by eye etc .Like Mitch says about substituting blue for black we were taught only to use colours from the formulation we were trying to mix which would still adjust the shade and tone .This was an invaluable coarse and this type of thing would be great if some AB paint makers could do a dvd etc to help out painters new and old IMHO .
 
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