Author: Robert_Roberts, Contributing Editor
|Lying Figure : Oil on Canvas 40cm x 80cm (15.75 x 31 inches)|
|Skin is generally considered as pink but it can be any colour, green blue, grey .. whatever.
Always paint the shadows on the skin first, keep them separated from the lightened parts. Use different brushes for lightened and shadow parts and (important) never use the same colour or tonality for the reflected lights as you used in the direct lights.
Reflected light remains shadow and can never have the same colour as a lightened part. (One of the reasons not to use the same brushes).
Study anatomy. Without the knowledge of what is happening underneath the skin, your brushwork can only be poor.
Volume is not only rendered by colour but also by the brushwork. And this should match with the underlying bone and muscle structures.
Where bone structures come to surface despite the muscle volumes, the colour is more pronounced, like toes, fingers,the face, knees or ankles.
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|Boy In Gray Pants : Oil on Canvas 40.6cm x 50cm (16 x 20 inches)|
|Solitude : Oil on Gallery-Wrap Canvas 30cm x 61cm (12 x 24 inches)|
|Human skin is translucent. Translucency is especially noticeable in infants and the elderly. Pay attention to light passing through the skin of ears and finger edges, as in the hand shown below.|