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Old 02-12-2020, 08:30 AM
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How to mix dark skin tones in oil

I am planning to make dark skin tones for this one. Can you suggest some mixtures?
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:45 AM
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Re: How to mix dark skin tones in oil

Ivory Black, Red Iron Oxide (Venetian Red/Light Red), Yellow Ochre, and Titanium White should be able to mix most skin tones.
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Re: How to mix dark skin tones in oil

I'm trying to avoid earth colors as much as possible because so many of them tend to sink in, and I'm finding that a more chromatic palette is more pleasing to my eye. I've been experimenting with these:
  • Flake White Hue (Gamblin or W&N, this is just a tad warmer than Titanium, but Titanium is doable too)
  • Cad Yellow
  • Indian yellow
  • Cad Red (I'm gradually trying to go cad free so I sometimes use Dan Smith Cad Scarlet Hue)
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Cobalt Teal (or Pthalo Turquoise)
  • Ultramarine Blue
I also find Perylene Maroon to be a surprisingly adaptable paint. It's a gorgeous dark, rich and transparent paint which seems to work well in mixtures as a substitute for red leaning earths, and so might be very useful in your case.

It's a palette that I find can go a long way. When it's necessary, I can swap out some of the colors for other ones, if I might need a more transparent something. Or if, for instance, I need a yellow that leans green I'll use zinc yellow or Nickel Titianate Yellow.
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Re: How to mix dark skin tones in oil

All skin colours are low chroma oranges, so just about any red and yellow, plus black and white, can mix them.
I use high chroma colourants, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, and cadmium orange, but lower chroma ones will work as well.

Attached is an example of a mixing method I use.
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Old 02-16-2020, 12:17 AM
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Re: How to mix dark skin tones in oil

Thank you so much everyone for your replies. They were very helpful. I have started the first color layer. Please let me know what you think.
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Re: How to mix dark skin tones in oil

all this talk about mixing skincolors and all these recipes ... why not just paint what you see? I have stopped asking all these questions a long time ago and I get along well ... just MHO ... keep your brushes wet!!!

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Re: How to mix dark skin tones in oil

I recently painted this portrait from a model who had very dark skin tones. I painted the first layer with a mixture of burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre and unbleached titanium. The colors were too cool and pale, so I glazed it with more burnt umber, burnt sienna and Indian yellow. The lips are perylene red mixed with titanium and a little burnt umber/sienna. Her hair is ultramarine blue mixed with burnt umber, with a little titanium in highlights.
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Re: How to mix dark skin tones in oil

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all this talk about mixing skincolors and all these recipes ... why not just paint what you see? I have stopped asking all these questions a long time ago and I get along well ... just MHO ... keep your brushes wet!!!

cheers

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Yep. It's all about learning to "see." So simple.
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