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09-24-2010, 08:35 PM
So I have done my palette , meaning the pastels I have now, on a off white Fabriano `s sheet.

I can see that all my so called skin`t tones are kind of dull and opaque. The ather ones from the sticks are more pigmented as I have read here.

Please, I need your opinion on building a palette for skin`s tones. Classical I would say. I kno0w That I could be bold and go for unexpected hues or colors but I wouold like to start by the classic approach, realistic skin`s tones.

I can see that I have nothing that can be luminous and light.

I can get Derwent the old formula , which are really expensive but I can afford a few ones.

I would love to have your opinions.


My palette:


I am looking for a creamy, pearly skin`s tone.

Any help?

Thank you very much



09-25-2010, 10:46 AM
I am looking for a creamy, pearly skin`s tone. Any help?
Thank you very much
Hi, Luicre! For "creamy" I like my Ludwig 30 True Lights set (http://terryludwig.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=TLP&Category_Code=PELights) the best. (He also has a few portrait sets, here (http://terryludwig.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=TLP&Category_Code=PDPortrait).)

For "pearly" you can explore some of the pearlized pastels. Schmincke has a white called Pearlweis ("bianco perla") No. 17.910.073.H. Sennelier has a whole set of "Iridescents" that might include a light color or two that might impart that "pearly" look. The set is here (http://www.danielsmith.com/Item--i-G-202-420).

Hope this helps!


PS --- Links to all the major online color charts are here (http://jan777.blogspot.com/2009/08/pastel-color-charts-online.html).

09-25-2010, 11:05 AM
Thank you very much, Jan. Your advice has been of great help.



09-25-2010, 12:10 PM
Here's a previous post that discusses the Girault portrait sets:


For luminous and light, don't be afraid to use pastels that aren't normally in a portrait set. Many of your Faber-Castell sticks (especially #2, #6, #7) could be used for skin tones.


09-25-2010, 02:02 PM
Thank you, Don!!!!.

I have to make myself clear. I don`t have access to many brands here.

I do have an art suplier that has an open stock from Derwent old formula. I stopped by today and bought a Terracota one. They are too expensive but that`s all I can afford.

Your advice is really helpful to me.

I am on the search of that elusive soft reds, maybe brownish, I don`t know how to describe them.

Well I think I will have to build my palette by buying one by one.

Thanks, again