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Colorists: Having Difficulty Finding A Skintone?

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 12, 2012, 10:22 AM
This happens to me all the time.

I'm starting out an image, and for the life of me, I just cannot determine what color I should use for the skintone.  I wish I had a crystal ball that would show me thirty minutes into the future so I can see just how a character will look after applying all the necessary shading, anatomical detailing, and highlights based upon the base color I use.  A lot of times, it'll appear too faint, too desaturated, or on the flip side, way too bold and gleaming like a bronzed deity caked in a thick lathering of walrus grease.

Which is delicious, by the way.

FORTUNATELY!  The folks at The Humanae Tumblr seemed to have a crystal ball of their own.  Not so much one that shows the final product of my work, but one that certainly told them of my many incredibly frustrating endeavors into spending a good chunk of time shading a character's skin only to realize the base tone was absolute garbage.

Then again, they wouldn't really need a crystal ball for that.  For all I know, they could just be my neighbors three addresses down, and judging by all the noise complaints, they'd certainly have their own brand of clairvoyance as to what really chaps my armpits.  But whatever, whether it be omniscient psychics from Mars, or terrified residents laboring feverishly to keep the Dave beast docile, take a moment to thank the magnificent descendants of Valhalla who slapped together The Humanae Tumblr.

Happy coloring, folks!

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TheFableKeeper Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Fantastic reference ty for sharing
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Dante-Picasso Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Hey David, I made a swatch for this with all the colors they listed. [link]
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OriginOfWaves Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow. very helpful. thanks
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Dopplegager Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow thanks. Thats pretty neat.
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Lightbringer2025 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Couldn't one say, there are skin tones as much as there are number of individuals on this planet?
also
If one mixes all these colours will that represent the general human tone?

Anyway, good colour options for painting my walls :D

Joking aside, this is a great info, Thanks for sharing.
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Plugin848y Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing this!
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VampOrchid Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok well that's just neat!
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Awesome. :D
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rkainne Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is fantastic. thank you so much for posting this link...
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ayame18 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is quite useful, many thanks for sharing. :D Now I just have to learn how to color that and I'm set.
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