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Colouring Tutorial - Skin Tone by FaerietaleWaltz Colouring Tutorial - Skin Tone by FaerietaleWaltz
This is the first of what will probably be a few different colouring tutorials. I want to see what people think of this one before I continue making them. If they're unhelpful, there is no point in making more haha.

This one is specifically for skin tone, as mentioned, because it seems to be the main thing people wonder about.

I personally think it's really straight forward but if there are any points in the tutorial causing trouble, please mention it and I'll clarify it. I know it seems long, but for what I thought was harder I tried to be as detailed as possible.

Message me or comment if you try it out. Obviously it's not copyrighted or anything, but I just want to see what other people come out with! I'm interested haha.

Also, this tutorial was made on Photoshop, although the basic principles of it can be implemented in GIMP or other drawing programs.

I really hope this helps anyone who is having some troubles or is just curious into how I colour.

Enjoy~
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Vanmak3D Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
I believe this tutorial is very helpful and straightforward, though I would reccomend adding a tip somewhere about studying the muscle masses so the reader understands why some places are shaded in a specific way. Reference photos are good, but set techniques without knowledge of their meaning isn't, especially on shading.

I tend to mix different colors for shading but never though staying on the same hue can give so good results. I'll try it when I get the chance.
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moonytiger Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks interesting - Ill give it a fav, so I can find it again! I really want to get started on coloring properly, but I only have GIMP to work with, and tutorials on youtube for gimp are hard to find.
Thanks!
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Cyndergirl211 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Such help
Very useful
Much wow
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MrWilly41 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for a great tutorial. This is exactly what I was looking for. Your style is amazing.
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Nagase13 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This really helped alot. I will show you what Icame upwith later. I used this cus I wanted to find a good reference for shading and lighting as well as skin tone and stuff. I used this and a few other ones to get it right. But this was my primary one and I still use your methods to this day!

I like this. If you want to know what i think: I think it is lacking in saturation/warmth. And its a bit rough at the end. But I undrstand that because you didn't finish it (meaning the eyes). For the warmth I suggest that you use a wider range of colors and go diagonally along the color choser and choose some saturated colors for warmth to bring it to life.
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Nagase13 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually nevermind. You did go diagonally. What I mean is, to get warmth, choose a few of those really really saturated oranges and airbrush or blend it over the pic in like the neck, forehead and cheek area. Even the slightest bit of red or orange will make a difference
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raine0678 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is awesome
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sleeping-fish Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use it here :) [link]

thanks^^
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FaerietaleWaltz Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks awesome!! Thanks for trying it out! :)
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sleeping-fish Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad^^
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sleeping-fish Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial!! I try to use it next time :3
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silmarlfan1 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
this looks very good and hard.
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SailorSun546 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent, this is going to be an amazing help in the future! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. ;P
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ooh, this is lovely! I really like how you worked in some info about the structure of the face and the fleshy bits that show up when you're doing a realistic portrait. Very different from my own method of coloring, but it's still helpful to look at another artist's process, and I do hope you do the others.
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FaerietaleWaltz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I might get into doing the rest this week sometime when I have some free-time on my hands.

Thanks for commenting =)
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AnotherJamesDean Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm...I don't know what I expected...maybe a magical incantation...or a first born sacrifice...the tutorial is honestly very good but I don't think it will help me personally...shocker right after all the griping about wanting one? Haha. It's still really nice to see your process. It must just be the special way you hold your pen. [or do you color with a mouse?] I'm eagerly awaiting the next ones though.

I think, what I was probably interested most in, is how you get the even tone across your finished images. Everything looks so smooth from the background to the lineart. Everything blends perfectly. No jarring bits. Hope this makes sense. I'm pretending tonight that English isn't my first language. :P
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FaerietaleWaltz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, my tablet broke a few months back but sometimes my buddy let's me borrow her's from time to time, so usually it's a mouse pad haha.

The even tones, I think you're talking about, are when I play with the colours and layers so they're similar colour. That is what I /think/ you mean, but we might still be off haha. I definitely can tell you how to do that, but it's so simple that I don't think I'd need to do a tutorial for it haha.
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AnotherJamesDean Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is what I'm talking about. I think it falls under the cleanup part. I get bored and lose interest easy and my images tend to look rushed/unfinished/rubbish etc etc.
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FaerietaleWaltz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, for sure. Well, I could make you up a simple tutorial and just end you a link to the picture. I think you'll be surprised how simple it is =) I'll work on that this week.
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AnotherJamesDean Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would be amazing. No rush. I don't know what my deal is. I'm about ready to abandon digital and refocus on my traditional 'roots' haha.
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FaerietaleWaltz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldn't abandon it completely! Maybe try drawing something traditionally, scanning it up and colouring it.

It is always good to go back and sketch from time to time, but you shouldn't stop digital, I'd miss it =)
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hatekillslovethrills Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Do you use references when you draw people?
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FaerietaleWaltz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I do, yes. I generally use them when I sketch or when I draw digitally just to help get proportions and everything correct =)
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hatekillslovethrills Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Where do you find good references usually?
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FaerietaleWaltz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm big into the modeling world, so I tend to find them when looking at my favourite models and their editorials and things like that.

Some great places to find models are:

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Both those have 50 model names you can research a little. Or, if you just want the pictures without worrying about the face or anything go to modeling agency sites. Here are a few of my favourites:

[link] <---- Models are found under the links near the top.
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You can find more agency links at [link]

I really hope all that info helps you find some good photos =)

Worse come to worst, there is at least some good eye candy! Haha.
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hatekillslovethrills Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh okay awesome!

Ha haha very true :heart:
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