How to create realistic flesh tones

The follow video lesson was created by Artist Will Kemp with Will Kemp Art School. In this lesson, Will is going to show you how to mix flesh tones with acrylic paint.

Will is using Golden Heavy Body Acrylics except for the Alizarin Crimson which is Winsor & Newton

Here are the colors used:

  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson (Winsor & Newton)
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ultramarine Blue

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How to Mix Flesh Tones with Acrylic Paint

Good Morning Class! I am Will Kemp from Will Kemp Art School and today I am going to show you how to mix and match your own skin tones using Acrylic Paint. This is a really great exercise to do at home when you are painting portraits. This exercise will get you used to mixing muted, realistic skin tones from strong and vibrant colors.

A great starting point when matching skin tones is to use your very own skin as a guide. So what we are going to have a go at is matching tones of paint actually on to the palm of your hand. I am using Acrylic Paint so we can just mix them up, put them on and check our swatches as we go along.

What you can do if you have a color wheel handy, you see on this one I have a little hole cut into it, you can use this as a view finder since we are trying to have an idea of the hue of a color you are trying to match. You can isolate an area of color through this hole and kind of spin the color wheel around until it aligns closely to what you are looking at.

Let’s take a look at my finger under here. You can see how when I press that on, you see how the closest color to the color of my finger goes toward red. Where as if I have another area of my hand, this here goes towards yellow and green. It’s definitely not as red as when we looked at the finger tip.

When I am looking at my hand in general, you are just trying to get a general feel for a tone of it. What is closest in hue to whatever your subject is. The green doesn’t really seem to sit very well. The oranges are quite nice. The reds look too red. I’d say around this kind of hue is closest to my palm at the moment. So I am just going to start with the yellow and the red to get us started.

Ok, if you have a look at that, you can see that that is really still too yellow, still too bright, so we are just going to tone it down. We are going to use some of the Burnt Umber to tone that down. Now we have a look and think that this has gone far too green then what we are after. We want to try and get this redder than this, so I am going to add a bit more of the red back into it. Ok, this is still looking too dark now, we are getting closer with it but I am going to have to add some white to lighten it up. When you are lightening colors, we will be using either the white or the yellow.

Ok, we are getting closer but this is still looking too yellow. We are going to add a bit more of the red to pink it up. A touch more. More white. I will show you a swatch on my hand. When I look at this on my hand, I can see it is still too saturated, a bit too much chroma to it. So I am going to knock that down a bit. We are getting quite close now. It is going to darken off slightly. So I will leave that there. It is quite a nice base to work with. Do you see when you add the white to it? It is going to go a bit too pale, a bit too green. Let us have a look. Way too bright, so we will add a bit of the red to it.

Since all acrylic paint dry darker, this is a pretty good color to start with when matching a skin tone.

Often a common mistake in portraits with matching skin tones is they are too high a chroma. So what you can always do if you are using this palette, is mix a black with the Burnt Umber and the Ultramarine Blue. See how that mixture creates this nice grey tone? So if you have this tone and you need to tone it down, you can just add a bit of this grey mixture too it. See how it tones it down very nice for matching skin tones.

Using black in your portraits is a really handy way to get a more naturalistic feel in your portrait painting.

If I were actually painting a portrait, I would start with colors that are a lot more muted than this like Yellow Ochre and Raw Umber so they are a lot closer already . But it is really handy to be aware of how you can get a muted color from these bright colors so that then when you are using those other colors, it will just become a lot easier.

This step by step lesson teaches you how to shade the skin with layers of color pencil to form the glowing complexion of the face.

How to create realistic flesh tones

T he soft shading and subtle coloring of the skin tone is gradually built up in layers to form the glowing complexion of the face.

Shading the Skin – Step 1

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W e begin to color the skin by shading the face and neck with a light flesh color.

This should be applied as flatly and evenly as possible.

As color pencil pigments are transparent, you should still be able to see the lines of your drawing shining through. If you feel that they are too weak you can always go over them again.

Our close-up detail illustrates the technique we used to shade the basic skin color.

You can see that we have used a blend of cross-hatching ( in order to achieve a flat even cover) with some controlled scribbling (in order to fill in any white gaps and create a unified surface).

Shading the Skin – Step 2

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C hoose a darker flesh color, perhaps a burnt sienna or burnt umber, to start building up the shaded flesh tones.

The main difficulty you encounter at this stage is how to pick out the darker tones as they have no obvious outlines and fade into the flesh color.

The technique we use is to observe our subject very closely, trying to distinguish the major areas of light and dark. Next, we start to shade these very lightly, delicately establishing what we see as the darker tones. At this point it is better to understate your shading which you will later intensify over the next few stages.

You can see that we have used a ‘careful scribbling technique’ to cautiously shade the areas of darker tone.

Shading the Skin – Step 3

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O nce you create your initial areas of shading, you then have something you can relate to and compare against your subject.

Drawing is all about looking, recording what you see, and then comparing it with your subject. To do this you need to constantly ask yourself questions like, "Should my tones be darker or lighter? Should they have more gradation? Should they be warmer or cooler colors? Should they have a smoother texture?" and then respond by accepting or altering what you have done.

Here you can see how we have enhanced the form of the face by building upon the shading we did at the previous stage.

Note how our ‘careful scribbling technique’ both intensifies the darker tones whilst beginning to merge with the basic skin color.

How to create realistic flesh tones

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How to Mix Skin Tones in Paint

Each complexion contains the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) in different proportions, depending on the lightness or darkness of the skin, whether the skin is light or dark, and where the skin is on the body. Thinner skin, such as at the temples, tends to be cooler, while skin at the tip of the nose and on the cheeks and forehead tends to be a warmer hue. As in any painting, there is no magic secret or a perfect “flesh” color, because each color depends on the adjacent color. The most important thing is the relationship between the color and the values ​​between them.

Also, skin tones vary widely, so avoid the so-called “flesh” colored paint tubes that are available or use them knowing that they are obviously extremely limited and will only serve as a base, to mix with others. Fully capture the hues and shades of real skin tones. These tube-shaped meat dyes are made from a combination of red, yellow, and blue pigments.

Basic approach

Start by mixing equal parts of the three primary colors to create a base color to work with. It will be brownish in color. Starting from that color, you can adjust the color ratio to make it brighter or darker, warmer or cooler. You can also add titanium white to tint it.

  • Should it be darker or lighter? If it needs to be lighter, you can add white or yellow. White will cool it down and make it more opaque. Yellow will make it warmer. You can darken it with a burnt shadow, black, or chromatic black (viridian plus alizarin crimson or ultramarine plus burnt sienna).
  • Should it be warmer or colder? Add a blue (or white if it needs to be lighter too) to cool it down, warm red or yellow to make it warmer.
  • Should it be more or less saturated? Add a bit of your opposite color to make the color more neutral.

You can also include earth tones in your palette, such as burnt shadow (brown), burnt sienna (reddish brown), and yellow ocher (“dirty” yellow), some even include black, but remember that these colors can be created by mixing the three colors. primary together.

The exact colors and methods used to create skin tones vary from artist to artist, and there are many possible color combinations you can use. Only you can finally know which color combination is right for you.

Color palettes to create flesh colors.

  1. Titanium White, Light Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber
  2. Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Light Cadmium Red
  3. Titanium White, Medium Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber
  4. Titanium White, Medium Cadmium Yellow, Medium Cadmium Red, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Amber
  5. Burnt Ombre, Raw Amber, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ocher, Titanium White, Mars Black
    Some artists use black sparingly on their skin tones, while others don’t use it at all.

Flesh Tone ‘Recipe’

Artist Monique Simoneau recommends a “recipe” for skin tones that can be adjusted according to the actual lightness or darkness of the skin tone.

1. Titanium white
2. Cadmium red light
3. Cadmium Yellow Medium
4. Yellow ocher
5. Burnt Siena
6. Burnt shadow
7. Ultramarine blue

For fair skin tones, use colors 1, 2, 3, and 5.
For medium skin tones, use 2, 3, 4, and 5.
For dark skin tones, use 2, 5, 6, and 7.

Create a color chain

Color strings are premixed strings of one color in different values. For example, if you were using cadmium red, you would start with cadmium red and slowly dye it by adding white, making several different discrete blends in one chain. Especially if you are working with oil paints, which take longer to dry, working in color strings allows you to quickly access and mix the right value and shade of paint that you want. You can also do this with acrylic if you are using a moisture-retaining palette. Making a color chain will show you how easily you can achieve subtle skin tones from a mixture of primary colors.

Tips for practicing blending skin tones

Practice mixing your own skin color. Mix the colors you see in your hand’s highlights and shadows and apply them to your skin to see how close you are to the correct hue and value. (Use acrylic paint for this so you can easily wash it off.) Or print several large color photos of different skin tones and practice mixing the colors to match them. Remember, working from a photograph is a poor substitute for real-life: shadows can be duller than in real life and reflections can disappear.

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How to create realistic flesh tones

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T his is how you can get a base flesh tone for oil painting in just 4 steps .
Quick and Fast.
OK, it isn’t an “old master” how to painting technique but just a “recipe” to make a roughly base skin oil color very useful if you’re a beginner.
Now you’ll say it isn’t quick and fast but
Quick and Dirty :

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Why is that? Because every human being has a different color skin shade and more, different shades on the same portrait.
In order to get a realist oil painting portrait, you have to analyze the particularity of your character skin shades.
There is when knowing how to mix colors to get the right flesh tone is coming handy.

You need this oil colors:
White – any kind of white : titan white, zinc white, mix of these two whites
and finally and the best looking white for portraits which was used by the old masters, lead white
(I know it’s labeled as toxic yet I didn’t see any ill painter because of using it. This was maybe in the past when a large number of the painter’s color palette was made of toxic pigments)
I wouldn’t use Titanium white on a commissioned oil painting portrait because it gives skin a chalky look, something like the portrait would be whitewashed.

Yellow – any kind o yellow, from yellow ocher (which I most often use) to Neaple yellow (light pale yellow)

Red – any kind of red – from earth red colors to various cadmium red types

Green or Blue – any kind of them depending on which skin shade you may want to get and also, on how warm or cool you want it to be.
Just make experiments with small amounts of different colors.
You’ll be amazed of so many flesh tones you can get.

So, mixing oil colors for a base skin tone is simple as 1 2 3 4:

  1. put a big pile of white on the palette.
  2. add a little bit of red to the white pile and mix them up together very well. Add as much red as it’s needed to get a light pink.
  3. add yellow almost the same amount as you added red then mix them well.
  4. put now the smallest amount of green into the mix. Better less then much because you can add more color anytime but never draw out.

That’s it. You just made a nice base skin tone.

  • It’s better to get a more neutral skin shade. It can be toned then locally on the portrait.
    You can add to this base flesh tone small amounts of different other colors to get different tones. I like to use for this violet of any kind.
  • It’s good to know that human skin color is not pink or white or black or whatever. it’s BROWN. Different shades of brown.
  • Pay attention to the background color! A reddish background will make the portrait to fade greenish and also, a greenish background makes portrait looks more reddish.This can be in your advantage if you think your portrait looks either too greenish or reddish. Instead of fixing the colors of the portrait , you can simply change the background color. It’s a lot easier than fixing the portrait!

We are artists so that more visual learners so, if you like this tutorial, watch this video in which I make the skin color recipe I’ve just wrote down.

How to create realistic flesh tones

Want to incorporate realistic flesh tones into your art? For many visual artists, being able to mirror the color of flesh in their artistic creations presents a daunting challenge. After all, not only is the color complex but its definition remains a wonder for many.

However, while choosing the appearance of and recreating flesh tones is a matter of personal preference and style, it cannot be denied that all remarkable art shares the same feature of arresting depictions of this pigment.

If you’re currently wondering how to do the same in your art, knowing how to arrive at your preferred flesh tone via effective color manipulation is a key step to achieving that goal. Here, we have prepared a brief guide that will help you discover how to make that desire a reality.

Excited to know how? Below is a list of definitions and tips to help. Read on…

How to create realistic flesh tones

What Do We Mean by Flesh Color?

Generally, the meaning of “flesh” as a color is subject to debate. In fact, the name is no longer in use and it is now considered offensive by many. Essentially, this issue stems from the fact that skin has many color variations and can vary depending on ethnicity, age, emotions, presence of pathologies, and more.

From rosy white, light beige, golden caramel, to dark brown, the skin-color spectrum is remarkably diverse. With this, it’s not surprising that what defines “flesh” cannot be boxed into a single definition. At best, some try to describe it as the color resembling or “having any of the shades of color of human skin.”

What Colors Make Flesh Color?

As mentioned earlier, the color flesh comes in tons of varieties. Painters, especially portrait artists, rely on their personal style and preference to come up with a realistic tone to meet their needs.

How to create realistic flesh tones

However, just to help you take your first step towards this artistic project, we have prepared a list of the most common color combinations for aspiring artists to use to create realistic flesh tones.

Take note that this list only serves as a guide and you’ll eventually develop your own mixes that will work for you over time as you keep improving.

Light Flesh Tones

Colors you’ll need: red, yellow, blue, and white.

Here’s what you should do:

  1. Using a mixing palette or any other applicable surface, set out a separate blob of each of the mentioned colors.
  2. Using your brush or other mixing tool, take equal portions of red, yellow, and blue. Mix them together until you come up with a dark pigment.
  3. Lighten the mixture by adding white. This is the tricky part. Try to visualize what tone you want to achieve. For best results, try to add small quantities of white into the mixture first then add more if you feel the mixture needs to be lighter.
  4. Continue adjusting the color by adding more white until you achieve your desired flesh tone.
  5. You can also add reddish tones to create a pinkish outcome. Just make sure to be careful of the amount of red you add as it may ruin the overall mixture. For a safe bet, try to keep the amount of red as minimal as possible.

Mid-Range Flesh Tones

Colors you’ll need: red, yellow, blue, white, burnt umber, raw sienna

Here’s what you should do:

  1. Using a mixing palette or any other applicable surface, set out a separate blob of each of the mentioned colors.
  2. Combine equal portions of red and yellow to create an orange pigment.
  3. Using another brush, add the blue paint into the mixture. To be safe, try to keep the amount of blue as minimal as possible (in small increments only). Gradually increase the amount of blue until the mixture achieves the degree of “darkness” you’re aiming for.
  4. Mix in small amounts of red, but only if needed
  5. Mix equal parts of burnt umber and raw sienna to create a dark olive tone.
  6. Add the dark olive tone into the first mixture you’ve created (red + yellow + blue + red).
  7. Adjust by adding white if you want to lighten the mixture.

Dark Flesh Tones

Colors you’ll need: burnt umber, raw sienna, yellow, red, purple

Here’s what you should do:

  1. Using a mixing palette or any other applicable surface, set out a separate blob of each of the mentioned colors.
  2. Combine equal parts of burnt umber and raw sienna to create a dark olive tone.
  3. On a separate surface, blend red and yellow together to arrive at an orange hue.
  4. Slowly add the two mixtures together.
  5. If you want to darken the result more, add purple into the mixture.

The Bottom Line

Ready to launch your first attempt at mirroring your preferred flesh tone? Start your journey by following these tips provided. Soon, with enough practice and experimentation, you are sure to discover your own preferred color mixture that will lead you to your ideal flesh tone.

Every skin tone contains the three primary colors—red, yellow, and blue—in different ratios, depending on the lightness or darkness of the skin, whether the skin is in light or in shadow, and where the skin is on the body. Thinner skin, such as at the temples, tends to be cooler, while skin at the tip of the nose and on the cheeks and forehead tend to be warmer in hue. As in all painting, there is no magic secret and no perfect “flesh” color, as every color is dependent on the color adjacent to it. What is most important is the relationship between the color and values to each other.

Also, skin tones range widely, so avoid the tubes of so-called “flesh” colored paint that are available, or use them knowing that they are obviously extremely limited and will serve only as a base, needing to be mixed with other colors to fully capture the shades and nuances of real skin tones. These flesh tints in tubes are made from a combination of red, yellow, and blue pigments themselves.

Basic Approach

Start by mixing equal parts together of the three primary colors to make a base color from which to work. This will be a brownish color. From this color, you can adjust the ratio of colors to lighten or darken it, warm it up or cool it down. You can also add titanium white to tint it.

When painting a portrait or figure it is best to match the colors the same way you do when painting a landscape or still life. That is, to look at the shape of the color, mix it on your palette, and hold up your brush to your model or photograph to assess how close you are to the color you are actually seeing. Then ask yourself the following three questions. Answering them will help you decide what color needs to be added to get closer to the color you actually see.

  • Does it need to be darker or lighter? If it needs to be lighter, you can add white or yellow. White will cool it down and make it more opaque. Yellow will make it warmer. You can darken it with a burnt umber, black, or chromatic black (viridian plus alizarin crimson or ultramarine plus burnt sienna).
  • Does it need to be warmer or cooler? Add blue (or white if it also needs to be lighter) to make it cooler, warm red or yellow to make it warmer.
  • Does it need to be more or less saturated? Add a bit of its opposite color to make the color more neutral.

You can also include earth tones in your palette, such as burnt umber (brown), burnt sienna (reddish-brown), and yellow ochre ("dirty" yellow)—some even include black—but remember, these colors can be made by mixing together the three primary colors.

The exact colors and methods used for making skin tones vary from artist to artist, and there are many different possible combinations of colors you could use. Only you can tell ultimately which color palette works best for you.

Color Palettes for Making Flesh Colors

  1. Titanium white, cadmium yellow light, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, burnt umber
  2. Titanium white, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, raw sienna, cadmium red light
  3. Titanium white, cadmium yellow medium, alizarin crimson, burnt umber
  4. Titanium white, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red medium, cerulean blue, Burnt umber
  5. Burnt umber, raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, titanium white, Mars black

Some artists use black sparingly in their skin tones, while others do not use it at all.

Flesh Tone 'Recipe'

Artist Monique Simoneau recommends a "recipe" for flesh tone colors that can be adjusted based on the actual lightness or darkness of the flesh tone.

1. Titanium white
2. Cadmium red light
3. Cadmium yellow medium
4. Yellow ochre
5. Burnt sienna
6. Burnt umber
7. Ultramarine blue

For light flesh tones use colors 1, 2, 3, and 5.
For medium flesh tones use 2, 3, 4, and 5.
For dark flesh tones use 2, 5, 6, and 7.

Make a Color String

Color strings are premixed strings of a color in different values. For example, if using cadmium red, you would start with the cadmium red and slowly tint it by adding white, making several different discrete mixtures in a string. Particularly if working with oil paint, which takes longer to dry, working in color strings allows you to quickly access and mix the proper value and hue of the paint you want. You can also do this with acrylic if you use a moisture-retaining palette. Making a color string will show you how easily you can achieve subtle flesh tones from a mixture of primary colors.

Tips for Practicing Mixing Skin Tones

Practice mixing your own flesh color. Mix the colors you see in the highlights and shadows of your hand and dab them onto your skin to see how close you get to matching the right hue and value. (Use acrylic paint for this so that you can wash it off easily.) Or print out several large color photos of different skin tones and practice mixing colors to match those. Remember that working from a photograph is a poor substitute for real-life—shadows can be duller than they are in real life, and highlights can be washed out.

Updated by Lisa Marder

Source

"Portrait Painting Lessons: Learn How to Paint a Portrait with These Professional Techniques," Artists Network, 2015.

How to Create Realistic Flesh Tones: 7 steps. Edit Article Flesh tones 1Flesh tones 2 Edited by Liz Boston, Ben Rubenstein, Axiom, Flickety and 13 others Creating realistic flesh tones tends to become something every advanced people-focused artist gains an avid interest in.

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Which paint colors or pigments are your favorites when it comes to mixing up skin tones?

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I'm not a portrait artist, but one of the projects I set in my Painting I class is to paint a portrait from a photograph. I teach students a very-simple-to-remember "recipe" using approximately seven parts white (I prefer flake white because it's warmer), one part yellow ochre, and a pinch of cadmium red light (about the equivalent to two tenths of one part). For shadows I encourage them to experiment, but using more yellow ochre and cadmium red will gradually darken the skin tones.

For more drastic and darker shadows I suggest adding burnt sienna and/or burnt umber and even a little alizarin crimson. For darker skin tones I usually suggest using burnt and/or raw sienna (depending on how "red" the color of the skin might be) and green (the green usually suggested is viridian, but, again, I encourage experimenting until they find something they like). Here is my best 'recipe' for flesh tone colors: 1. Tip from: Monique Simoneau. Oil painting for beginners. Painting Techniques: Lessons, Tutorials, and Resources.

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Mixing skin tones in oil painting can be a tough task for most of the beginners in painting. Here let us discuss how to mix skin color so that you can get the best realistic tone for your portraits. Flesh tones do not have a specific formula and each one of you will have a unique method of mixing colors. It is often an artist dependent.

Multitudes of colors are available in art stores and it is often confusing for a beginner to select the best colors for skin tone. Most of the popular artists suggest setting the palette before starting the painting process.

How to Make Skin Color in Oil Paint:

Let us start with the basic colors.

What you need is just Red, Blue, Yellow and White color to produce the natural flesh tone.

  1. Using blue and yellow, make a rich green color. Now add the same proportion of red or orange so that you will reach in a brown color. If you mix the ingredients well, you will get a smooth effect.
  2. This brown color can be lightened with the help of white color. Adding a small amount of yellow will give a different sienna color.
  3. Now you are ready with the sienna color on the palette. Let us divide this color into two separate parts. To the first part, add red color to get an umber color.
  4. Both Sienna and umber color is ready on your palette. Take both umber and sienna and mix to get a flesh tone. This will have a reddish appearance. IF you need a whitish fleshy color, you may add some white color.

Another Method:

1. Add Vermillion Hue and Yellow Ochre. Now you will get an Orange-like color. Add Ultramarine Blue and mix it well. Take some White color and add it to the mixed color so that you will get the basic skin tone. You can lighten the color by adding more White color.

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