Mixing Flesh Tones

Discussion in 'Oils' started by chippy, Apr 3, 2020.

  1. chippy Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    I saw this on Facebook . Very interesting and as a lot of us have much more time on our hands it might be worth a try . It's a bit of a long video but try and watch until the end

    enjoy and stay safe
    chippy
  2. Forté Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Well the title is misleading as it also includes white and black.

    I've seen portraits painted using burnt umber, ultramarine blue, and titanium white. Can easily paint skin with just those three.
  3. chippy Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    I think it is because Black and White are not actually classified as colours . But it's still bloody amazing ;)
    chippy
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  4. Warren SMITH Active Member

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    Australia
    Thanks Chippy, the artist is truly amazing... I have been using burnt umber and white oils, which works reasonably well... For my standard anyways.. will have to give this a try...

    Smithy.
  5. Forté Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Black and white dont really exist in light but at paint they are usually more a blue or red colour. That's why some black colours can be used well to make blues and why titanium white (a blue bias colour) can muddy reds.

    This is a useful vid for colour in general if you're going down the whole colour mixing rabbit hole.



    And the follow up.

  6. Henkm Active Member

    Just for exercise, I painted a figure with titanium white, yellow ochre and cobalt purple only. That goes mostly ok but with no separate shadow colour, I found it difficult to avoid too much colour saturation in the shadows. Anyhow, my start for flesh tones is tit white and yellow ochre, optional with some burnt sienna if I want it more pinkish (maybe I'm influenced by all the Asian skin around me?).
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  7. yellowcat A Fixture

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    Canada
  8. Ned Ricks Active Member

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    United-States
    The video was an interesting view. I admire the artist's ability and the result.

    Curiously, the mixing was done with the brush, rather than by palette knife.

    Thanks for sharing the video, Chippy.
    N
  9. chippy Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Thanks for the replies guys some and some interesting variations that look worth trying out
    chippy
  10. Sgt. Red Active Member

    Do anyone have tips for painting asian skin?
  11. yellowcat A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    theBaron, Sgt. Red and Nap like this.

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