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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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:iconthefablekeeper:
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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:iconayame18:
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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JotePaine Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
I mean it's okay, but as what many people commented on, not exactly enough resources for minorities. I didn't see one Native American in there. Well, there is an ask box so maybe people could ask for more representation... And other ways to contact the author of the blog.
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:iconlightbringer2025:
Lightbringer2025 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Totally agree!
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:iconpaine128:
Paine128 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   General Artist
Thanks alot for the resource! I am always having trouble with skintones O_O
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Evildarling Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice..! This is a keepers..! thank you ^^
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Staminaboy Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is a fantastic resource!!! Thanks for the share, I'm definitely using this to its fullest!
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daremaker Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I guess it is super useful...if you're painting white people. I was playing Where's Waldo with minorities. It wasn't fun.
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sirDandelot Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, I don't have that kind of issues regarding choosing a right skintone, but seems useful ^^
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Casey-Bemis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, very nice! I like how it actually puts the person in there . . . makes way more sense to me then a block of random color :)
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SeanE Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heh... 150 photos, of which only 4 are Afro-American, one each of Hispanic & India, and 2 Asian, and apparently none that could be called Native American or South American.

who knew us whitey's came in so many variations compared to everyone else..?
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ChaostheKitty Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I have that one already bookmarked. Along with a color palette tumblr
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ledain Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
holy.... THIS is my holy grail.
thanks for this!
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elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet! I am soooo bookmarking that. I have the worst time picking out skin tones when working digitally. With my pencils...well, it's limited to the few that I have.
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grimagix Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
thanks vest for the link :D
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SinSeoN Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
also helpful in character design in terms of developing diversity.
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rainerpetterart Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great!

thank you!
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AndrewJHarmon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Fantastic!
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thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
wow, thanks so much for sharing this.... nd I took your advice avoiding black and white in my coloring and I think it's added a interesting touch to my current work=]
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bolorny Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Photoshop is great for that, you can always adjust the hue/saturation of each layers later.
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AenTheArtist Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic! This will be useful. Thank you.
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Cookie-Splinters Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what'd happen if you had that crystal ball don't you? chances are, either it'd only show your reflection and if it did work; you'd see yourself still gazing into the ball, thirty minutes in the future, wondering why it isn't showing you doing anything else but gazing into the ball, staring at yourself... and so on XD
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