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.

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Painting Skin Tone in Acrylics & Oils with Primary Colors

Mixing Palm Skin Tone with Primary Colors:

Mixing Palm Skin Tone with Primary Colors
Understanding Skin Tone:

Actually, there is no specific rule for achieving human skin tone. Each other artist finds their own way to mix skin tone with a different approach. Which makes each artist and their works special from each other. Skin tones not only differ from human to human, it hugely depends on the environment too. In an outdoor portrait photography, we can easily observe lightest skin tone color towards the source of light and some reflective colors which usually due to environmental reflection, like sky color, tree color or color of the cloths itself. 

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Step by Step Portrait Painting demo in Acrylics

Steps fo Acrylic Portrait Painting on Canvas:

Choosing the right profile:

This  Acrylic portrait painting was commissioned by a son for his father’s 85th birthday gift. His father was completely fit at this age and happily agreed to the photo shoot for this painting. From multiple shoots, I decided to take this profile of this gentleman. I have found a beautiful eye expression here, though it was tough for him to tackle the strong sunlight for that moment. The dark background really highlighted his blond hair beautifully.I have used five brushes for this painting. Two of them are hog hair flat of size 10 and 8, other is size 6 filbert and two synthetic brush of size 0 and 2. Let’s discuss the steps that I followed during this painting.

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