Painting – How to Mix SKIN TONES

Painting – How to Mix SKIN TONES

Hi there, hello there, hi for today’s video I’m going to teach you
guys something that I get requested a lot it’s probably my most requested
thing actually and that is to teach you how to mix skin tones before we get more into this Skillshare reached out to me and they were really happy with how my last campaign went so they’ve asked me to do another one [squeak] [squeak again] So this video is sponsored by Skillshare for me, I use it for both personal growth and some business practices. Basically a Skillshare is an online video sites that hosts a plethora
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dollars a month and you can adjust your membership at any time good, good! Now, back to how its skin tones I am excited I’m really excited to teach you how to mix paint because this is just a topic that’s interesting to me! As you know, skin tones very so much, and there’s also going to be a lot of variables. Is it going to be a nice sunny day? Is it going to be a cloudy day? Are they going to be partially in shade? Is it going to be nighttime, is it going dark out? Are they holding a candle? Is there any other form of light going on their face? Basically, what I’m trying to get
at here, is there’s no clear, one answer to how to get a skin tone. That being said, I can give you some helpful tips hopefully ๐Ÿ™‚ But before we start mixing in skin tones, it’s good to have an understanding of how paints, and mixing paints works. In school, you learn the basics of color mixing. So, red and yellow make orange, yellow and blue make green, and blue and red make purple. But when it comes to paint the main thing you want to worry about is the vibrancy. Vibrancy is one of the
reasons why to go ahead and buy pre-mixed versions of green, orange, and
purple. Let’s go ahead and put some of these paints on the palette and get mixing and show you what I’m talking about here I’m putting the main colors of the rainbow in the smaller sections of the
palette. And the neon pink, yellow and electric blue in the corner over here. Going with a brush that does have a flat edge, We’re going to start mixing
some colors. To start out I’m going to show you about vibrancy. So, I’m gonna take a little bit of our blue. Dab it on the plate, and a little bit of
red, and dab it on the plate. As you can see the red is very vibrant and the blue
is very deep and royal now let’s mix them together and as you can see, the
purple it made is kind of dark, isn’t it? It’s not the brightest purple you might
want. Let’s try and add a bit more blue. And nope. It’s still dark. It’s purple, but
it’s a muddy purple. Going to the pre-mixed purple now. You can already see
the difference. It’s more vibrant. Bright. Not paler like adding white would do to
it. It just has a richer tone. Let’s try mixing a neon pink and the electric blue. Already you can see the bright purple color coming through. This is even more
vibrant than the pre-mixed purple I have. So having to think outside of the
box here, and to try to match that pre-mixed shade. I’m going to use my
neons. Take a dab of the neon pink, and the normal royal blue, mix them together,
and there you’ll have it. The lesson here is to know what makes your paints mix to
be more vibrant. So essentially these are all shades of purple, and they’re all
very different already. I should probably clarify the paint I’m
using today is “cheaper” acrylic paint. It does have a higher viscosity, as you can
see the paint is holding its shape. Now to tackle skin tones. The thing with skin tone, is it literally contain every single colour on your
palette. Starting with the lighter tones I’m going to add a couple of dabs of
white paint to my palette and we’re going to add the tiniest dash of yellow , mix it in, and then we’re going to add a little bit of red. And red is very
overpowering. Always start with less red and then add more later. We’re going to
finish this out with a dash of green, and when I say dash, I do mean dash. And there we
have a basic pale skin tone. On the other side we’re going to make it a little bit
darker. This time I’m adding a little bit more
yellow than before, bit more red, and some purple. Right now this is a muted, pale
tone, with some gray undertones. But we do want to make it darker so I’m going to
add a dash more red and a portion of yellow. The secret to mixing is mixing
in small amounts and adding more when necessary. So we have two different skin
tones now. One that is a pale ivory and one that is a rosy pale color. Now to move on to the next batch, and up these gradients again. A dot of white. A chunk of yellow, a dash of red a dash of purple and a bit of green. Mix these together. We’re close to the base tone of the last one now. So to darken it, I’m
going to add more yellow, red, and green. And now I have a natural tone. Very similar to that one, just the next stage up. Then we’re going for a richer tone
now. Again a dab of white to start big. Big chunk of yellow, good amount of red,
purple, and green. Mix these all together. Add a bit of blue, and I think I’m gonna
finish this off with a bit more yellow. Here are the skin tones so far. Another good way to look at skin tones is to look at makeup, because that’s actually what foundation is, it’s trying to match the skin tones of everyone. It’s really hard
to get the colors right, and it’s surprising sometimes what skin tone you
actually are. Using my hand as an example, you might think that this would
be my skin tone, this one over here. Let’s put that on my skin and look how pale
that is, it’s really pale. However, this darker one, all of a sudden it doesn’t look as dark. Just using that for reference. Now on to the next tones. This time use a smaller dash of white, bigger amount of yellow, orange, mix them together. Mix in some red and green. More yellow, getting all those undertones going, and to darken it, I’m going to add red, yellow, and blue to finish it off. The next one I’m going to start with a base of the color I just mixed rather than
white. Add purple, add yellow, add in green, and we get this nice rich tone. The second to last one, the base is going to be purple with a dash of red, and finish off with a bit more yellow. Then the final one, I’m using the last color
as a small base. Adding red and blue, mix, and that’s it. And something to keep in
mind is that these would be the medium skin tones of the painting. The base color that you start with, that you’ll add white or darker tones to, to bring the gradient up or down through highlights and lowlights. Now let’s paint these on the plate and line them up, see them side-by-side. and here we have an array of different skin tones Now to test these out, rather than trying
to pick a person to fit one of these tones, I’m going to use a subject that
fits all of these tones. I’m gonna paint a giraffe! Because a giraffe actually has all
the skin tones in person. So to keep this video “person neutral” we’re going with a giraffe. So let’s try this out And that’s how you use human skin tones to paint a giraffe. Yay! Sometimes painting a person can be
quite intimidating, So if you do want to practice skin tones, I do recommend painting a giraffe. You can just focus on just mixing the colors, not worry about blending them, putting them together right. Getting the structure right. You’re just painting a giraffe. And now, was this just a big twisted way to justify not doing a self-portrait… absolutely. I did not want to paint myself today. Thank you for watching, I hope you enjoyed the video. And a thank you to
Skillshare for sponsoring. Skillshare is again something that I do really like and if you would like a free trial, there are details in the description about that. So please do check that out, it helps me out. This is my comment giveaway pin so if you’d like a chance to win all you have to do is leave a nice comment down below. and I’ll pick winner next week. I’m going to be sad when this one goes, but I’m excited for the next one. Byes. Byes. Byes a byes byes.

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  1. I thought you said you were gunna paint Jeff! This is the video I didn't know I needed, so informative. Thanks!

  2. Jamie, i love your giraffe! I'm excited to learning what goes into skin tones. I could do "stereotypical" white and its nice learning how many colors go into richer skin tones!

  3. I can't believe it! Actually, I can't compare my drawing to that, why?

    Because my drawing/painting sucks a lot.

  4. Hi! a new subscriber here ๐Ÿ˜ I just found this video in my recommendations and I love it so much and I love your channel. But your voice is kinda not clear if you could improve that in you upcoming videos it'll be great, thanx xoxo

  5. This is so good and useful ๐Ÿ˜ญ AND just a thought but. With all the mixing and foundation colours, Jamie could really do a makeup line that everyone of color could love.

  6. I have recently been a victim to cyberbullying due to people saying horrible things about my artwork, but your videos always inspire me to keep going and try new things, so thank you. ๐Ÿ’•

  7. thanks this is really helping a lot. i recently started painting with acrylics among other traditional mediums again, but mixing skintones is still smth i struggle with a bit, but i feel like now that i have seen how to do it, the next time i mix them will be a success~~
    i usually mixed mine with a mixture of white mixed with sienna tones, red and a tad of yellow if needed, similiar to the way i mix in watercolors~ but i never really thought about mixing even more colors to it~ but i'll try! โ™ฅโ™ฅ

  8. I Super Love this video Jamieeeee!!!
    Finally!! Thank You Sooo Much
    More Videos to come Great Job

    Try Different Colors of Sunsets

  9. Very insightful, and the way you explain things has a refreshing feel. Although you have a very soft dainty voice so the background music made it that little bit difficult to hear you clearly at times….. can you please have a look at this? Thank you again your awesome

  10. Im glad you used the paint. The whole video I was just worried that the paint would go to waste. I really appreciate that you use your own time and supplies to help us <33

  11. Red and Blue do not give you purple. Red is a mix of magenta and yellow. If you than add blue – a mix of magenta and cyan – you add a third colour to the other two primary colours.
    If you add all subtractive primary colours you will get a dark brownish, blackish colour, bec mixing acrylics/ watercolours etc. is subractive collour mixing.
    The subtractive primary colours are magenta, cyan and yellow. Magenta and Yellow make red. Yellow and Cyan make green. Cyan and Magenta make blue.
    Purple lies basically between Magenta and Cyan. You can basically take any shade of blue and add more magenta and then you have purple.
    That pink of yours is probably a light shade of magenta, that light blue might even be cyan, but it doesnt have to be.
    Red, Blue and Green, are additive primary colours. Usually tvs or computer screens work with them by basically mixing light. Water/ Acrylic/ etc Colours are different, bec they absorb the light and only reflect certain parts back. Screens directly throw light at you.
    But yes, colour mixing charts can be very useful, sometimes one might need a dirty or less vibrant purple.

  12. I know I'm late to the party but I want no no I NEED one of your golden pins in my life.

    I'm a new viewer and I've been binging on your videos. Amazing work which I aspire to be as good as one day.

  13. I swear you were sent from heaven ๐Ÿ’“ thank you so much. Youโ€™re an absolute ray of sunshine! Love your artwork

  14. You are so amazing!! I've always had struggles with making skin tones, this is a lot of help!!โ™ฅ๏ธ

    Btw you are adorable ๐Ÿ˜‚โ™ฅ๏ธ

  15. I really liked youโ€™re different techniques and how easily you explain it to us !!! Youโ€™re so talented keep it up btw this my first time knowing that we can add purple or neon colors to our palate!! And I didnโ€™t imagine that we add cool colors and warm colors and the same time I always use the red shades for the warm skin tones and blue&greens for the cool ones๐Ÿ˜Ÿiloveu

  16. Love this! Please could you do a video about drawing in your coloured pencil and getting those proportions right before you use paint?? Thank you for these tutorials- they're so helpful!

  17. So like, on the part of vibrancy, the red with blue doesn't work because red blue and yellow aren't the primary colors, magenta, cyan and yellow are. That's why you could mix the right purple with the magenta and cyan and couldn't with red and blue. Red and yellow and blue and yellow work best because yellow is a true primary color but the results are still better using the right colors.
    We are taught that red yellow and blue are primary colors because that's why the classical artists had available since magenta cyan and yellow wasn't accessible, so with their experiments they found out that it does work quite well using red yellow.and blue!
    But now, we don't use those colors on printers for a reason, you can't actually make all hues with them since only yellow is a primary color. Red for example isn't because you can get yellow by mixing yellow and magenta
    Well that's the little i know, in practice you're completely right on how you paint, it's the theory that was a little bit off, but it's totally understandable since everyone is taught like that!

  18. she said : ๐Ÿค๐Ÿค›๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ––๐Ÿคฒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿ‘Œโ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ‘ˆโœ‹๐Ÿค™๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘ŠโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿคš๐Ÿ‘โœŠ๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ–•

  19. How I mix human skin tones? Easy. I add red, magenta, white, yellow, orange, brown, black and mix them and don't like it and keep adding and mixing for hours.

  20. Wow this video is great and really informative thank you so much! Iโ€™ve recently been getting into drawing and Iโ€™m also a beginner makeup artist so this video actually helps with learning more about skin tones and undertones when is comes to shade matching people for makeup such as foundation. It really helps me get a better understanding of the colour wheel and how to achieve the different shade range including undertones as itโ€™s pretty hard to understand colour concepts and how to get someoneโ€™s perfect match. Thank you once again, there arenโ€™t many videos like these xo

  21. She reminds me a lot of a mixture of rapunzel and honey lemon from big hero 6

    Also, thanks a lot for this video, it was really helpful!!๐Ÿ’–

  22. Ok, literally though, I have a big fat friend crush on you( itโ€™s like a crush but instead of wanting a romantic relationship you just want a good friendship and stuff!) like you are just so talented and you seem so nice and like a really genuine friend!! You do you boo your doing great!! โœจโœจ

  23. So cool thanks for breaking down skin tones that way! You make things so easy! So glad I found your channel. I am trying to cross over from watercolor to acrylics and you are such a fabulous teacher!!!!

  24. Person: what are you?
    Me: I'm a giraffe
    Person: no I mean zodiac
    Me: still a giraffe
    Person: that's not a thing
    Me: we're ALL giraffes

  25. you can tell this girl is a freaking angel, like she wouldnt have a bad thing to say about anything or anyone, possibly church on a sunday, moves snails off the sidewalk so they dont get crushed


  26. Oh man I really love this painting! The fact he's overlooking the city makes me really happy ๐Ÿ˜€โค

  27. I couldn't love this video more than this ๐Ÿ˜ it contains everything that I love . Thanks for video and informations

  28. We use the same watercolors!!!!! I find that awesome ๐Ÿ˜Š also thank you I'm horrible at skin tone mixes this helped a lot!

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