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Muting skin tone help

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  1. Jimmyfingerz

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    Hiiiii

    Its been a while since i’ve been the annoying newbie so i’ve decided to be the annoying semi newbie.
    I am at the point of creating my skin tone for my latest project......
    I got close but the muting killed me.
    I started with half a small shot cup of white and added a few drops of burnt umber which provided me with a nice base. Then i added some sepia to darken a little and to be honest it got me pretty close which i probably could have used but i’d sooner be as close to the reference as poss.

    Now to me it looks like it had a bit of a greyish tint to it so i watched a tut online and mixed a cool grey.
    I added the tiniest amount and the skin tone was ruined so i’m stumped on how to mute this colour down.

    If you look at the image its the lightest part at the bottom left of the image, just above the blood on the chest to the left hand side.
    When isolated its a lot darker and greyer than it looks.
    Any tips would be hugely appreciated and actually would help me no end with properly muting colours.
    I’m using illustration paints still which i’m getting on with really really well.

    Thanks in advance people :D 81DDA335-59E7-48AD-83C9-226F0F37BF10.jpeg
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    You mean the shadow under the chin area?,I would put the shadow color down and then go over that with the skin tone in light passes,that should give you the skin tone your looking for
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    No bottom left just above the blood.
    Which isn’t too disimilar to the tone on the face.
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    How did you do your texture? No input on color control, sorry.
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    Thats the reference, not my painting lol
    I wished i was that good haha
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    Based on what I see in my monitor that is a peach to super diluted orange. It's very very light. Everything around there is a variation of that till you get under the chin and that is an orange/grey mix.
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    Yeah i have the colour, it’s examples of muting the saturation i need.
    Thanks for the input though :thumbsup:
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    to desaturate a color, you use an opposing color from the color wheel. For peaches and oranges, you would overspray with blues and violets to deaden the color.
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    Think i’ve got it Dave thanks.
    Used blue violet.
    It’s not perfect but it’s my 5th painting so who cares.
    It’s close enough so i’m happy :cool:
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    If you need to Grey your tone, I would be adding the opposite colour, very gently “, even using cocktail sticks :) I’m serious!
    The thing to remember is that by adding paint it will get darker so allow for that too :)
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    Stick it him POM dude. Well worth it....
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