Mixing Skin Tone in Acrylics with Primary Colors

Mixing Hand Skin Tone:
Hand Color Tone with Primary Colors.

As opposed to the Palm skin tone, which I have discussed in the section Mixing Palm Skin tone with Primary Colors, the opposite side of the palm is usually quite darker. The color is quite Brownish in my case. To achieve this color, I have used the primary colors only, like Crimson and Yellow Ochre with a little Ultramarine Blue. But to make the value further down we have to add little white on it. It’s again a matter of trial and error. A very important point should be remembered while choosing the primary colors. As I am not choosing the pure primary colors for this example, like Cadmium Yellow, Scarlet Lake, and Cobalt Blue. The reason behind this is simple, I just want to achieve a rather darker skin tone type. The true primary colors will help you achieve fairer tone.


Here is an important tip while mixing skin tone in Acrylics. Which I always prefer and suggest to anyone who is new to this medium. It is also advisable to those ones, who don’t have the confidence of mixing skin tone. Use as little color as possible from the tube at one time. No matter if it looks like the consistency of Watercolors. It will help you practice more, rather than wasting colors on the palette. After gaining confidence, you can use as much as colors you want on your palette. 

Lining Colors on Hand:
Lining Color Tone of Hand

Once you achieve one set of tone in the skin color, the rest colors are easy to achieve by simply saturating or desaturating the same. Or sometimes adding darker or lighter values to it. In this case achieving the more darker lines on the hand is easy by simply reducing values of the above color. That means reducing the white color. In this case adding a little Ultramarine blue to Crimson.

Hand color Tone:
Hand Color Tone

In this full example of hand color mixing, we can observe a range of color changing from the palm of the hand to the opposite side of it. Again from the hand linings to the rest of the hand. It is clearly observable that in this example, the rest of the hand has slightly yellowish tone.

My next discussion will help you achieve more complex skin tones rather easily. Where we will use a wide range of colors, mainly the earthy colors.



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