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WIP Need advice on Asian skin tones .....El Greco 1-12th Samurai

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Russ, Jan 22, 2023.

  1. Russ Active Member

    This is the El Greco Samurai bust in 1/12 scale. This bust is very much in the early stages (I even need to craft a tsuba for the wakazashi), and I'm really struggling with the basic skin tone. I just can't seem to get one with which I'm satisfied. I've watched a few YouTube videos on painting Asian flesh, but ...

    Cruddy pic, I know, but good enough to show where I'm at with the flesh color (no highlights or shadows to speak of yet). Any suggestions? I realize that - like most ethnicities - there's a wide range of Asian tones, but they don't extend to anything I've come up with. The references I have go into Native American, Caucasian, and African coloration, but not Asian.

    SO - Does anyone have any tips, favorite formulas, or references that might help me out here? Do I just need to set it aside for a couple of days? Any guidance will be greatly appreciated!!

    MODEL TIP: I shouldn't have assembled it before starting to paint (I'll remember that when I do the 1/9 scale version).

    1_12 Samurai 1.jpg
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  2. arj A Fixture

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  3. Russ Active Member

    @Andrew: Absolutely marvelous! Thank you so much! :)
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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Russ

    Andrew has beat me to it , that's a great reference of many skintones and with colours recommended

    Hope we see more updates in this thread soon

    Looks a nice piece

    Happy benchtime

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  5. DaddyO A Fixture

    Done a couple which may or may not be helpful. I would suggest adding a tiny amount of 'Japanese uniform' or 'English uniform' to your basic European flesh skin tone mix. I'd also go easy on the shadow tones which helps give the suggestion of a smoother less pronounced face shape. (Using acrylics)

    Hope that helps
    Paul Butterfly Swordsman (2nd Opium Wars).jpg View attachment 460588 View attachment 460589 Samurai TL1.jpg
  6. fabrizio19691969 A Fixture

    for my japanese i use andrea color set, for base i mic 60% of second base (the light base color) 20% first base(the normal base) and 20% of english uniform F27330B4-A947-4B5E-BB52-55913D2CF195.jpeg

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