en­sure your colour scheme is har­mo­nious

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Workshops -

Usu­ally the big­gest mis­take in a por­trait paint­ing is the skin’s colour: it’s never ei­ther beige or black. Skin com­prises a mul­ti­tude of colours, from pale blue around the eye, pink, to hints of yel­low for the mouth’s cor­ners. I start paint­ing with very few colours, and pro­gres­sively add more hues. I save my colour pal­ette in a cor­ner of the il­lus­tra­tion so that they’re al­ways on hand. To avoid a muddy look, I avoid us­ing pure black or white. In­stead, I in­crease the sat­u­ra­tion to the colour I us­ing for the shad­ows.

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