Ad­vice for paint­ing skin

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Sub­tle colour vari­a­tion is cru­cial for il­lus­trat­ing re­al­is­tic skin, but it can also take a while to blend con­vinc­ingly. To save time, I’ve re­duced this prin­ci­ple to al­ter­nat­ing be­tween the cold and warm hues that cor­re­spond to value zones: if light is warm, then shaded por­tions are cold and dark­est shad­ows warm again, and vice versa. The tran­si­tion line be­tween light and shadow should be slightly more sat­u­rated. Skin is slightly translu­cent, and so bright light will shine through it, es­pe­cially in ar­eas with prom­i­nent bones and/or less mus­cles, such as the cheeks or fin­gers.

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