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Basic Skin Swatches and Tutorial by TobyFoxArt Basic Skin Swatches and Tutorial by TobyFoxArt
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Edit III Dear mother of God, over 1000 faves, thankyou deviantArt!! I think there'll be a part 2 coming soon to this tutorial that was never meant to be a part 1...

Edit II Wow over 600 faves! Thankyou so much I rarely get over 10 faves on my work, I guess deviantArt loves Tutorials.

Edit Loads of people have been really lovely about this tutorial, I'd love to thank everyone individually but that wouldn't be possible so... Thanks for all the support.
If you use the tutorial send me a link and I'll give you any more advice I think you might need.

I'd just like to say this is a beginner's tutorial and this is the method for colouring I used, which served me in good stead whilst I learnt about digital painting, there are other, much better tutorials on deviantArt which can show you more advanced methods of painting.

I made this for myself, so that I had some skin swatches to hand. Then I got ahead of myself and well... here it is.
I'm happy to answer questions.

My own examples
Anothi by ThePurpleSorcerer Dunmer by ThePurpleSorcerer Oberon by ThePurpleSorcerer Witch Concept 2 by ThePurpleSorcerer Witch Concept 1 by ThePurpleSorcerer

Other tutorials
Light Source Tutorial by ThePurpleSorcererPoses with Staffs by ThePurpleSorcerer 
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santyzand Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017
thanks
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
No problem
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for sharing!
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Student Digital Artist
No problem, glad it could be of some help!
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Swanangel15 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH!  This has saved me
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
No problemo
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EduardoAzrael Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good tutorial!
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
N'aww thanks
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NemytThorleif Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much for this tutorial!! it helped me with a problem i had for so long now ^_^
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
That's great to hear. You're very welcome
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NemytThorleif Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:3
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AUT0PH0BIA Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What brush did you use to get the splatter brush (for freckles)
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
The default round brush in Photoshop set to scatter
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:iconmrsturkleton:
MrsTurkleton Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm one step further away from dreading colouring every time I have to do it  <3
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That is my pleasure! I'm very pleased to have helped in whatever way I may have done.
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Raizukedigiarts Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You!
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Glad to have helped.
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Raizukedigiarts Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
helped a lot. Do you have back ground tutorials? I want to learn how you color.... 
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I don't, I'm afraid. But it is something I'm working on. I think I'll post some video tutorials to youtube soon.
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Raizukedigiarts Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Please let me know if you're done with the tutorial. Thank you sir!
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank yuo so very much.
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Sheepgirl145 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you much! :3
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
No problem!
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Sheepgirl145 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015   Digital Artist
:3
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aellynn Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014   General Artist
This is a nice organized method, thanks!
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Glad I can help and thank you!
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AutumnBells Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Used! Thanks for making this!
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No problem! I'm happy to have helped. Is the piece that this helped with on deviantArt? I'd love to see.
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AutumnBells Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Here it is!
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I can't see a link...
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AutumnBells Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That's nice, it's a step up from flat colouring for sure! If I were to give some advice, I suggest trying out using more pronounced/hard shadows, maybe one side of the shadow is blended but the other not, so where you've used an outline the shadow is hard but as it gets further from that is softens. Just a suggestion, hope it helps.
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Bman19 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really useful! Thank you!
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Really happee to help!
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Bman19 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DaedalicDesign Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely marvelous. simple, straightforward. Exactly what i was needing. Thank you SO much.
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm so pleased to have helped.
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ash-to-ashes Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are amazing- thanks for sharing this! It's so incredibly helpful!

I do still struggle with one thing as far as shadows and highlights go...I've been beaten about the head with the idea that shadows and highlights should never be just the lighter or darker shades of whatever skin tone you're painting.. Most recently I was told that one should be a warmer tone, and one should be cooler (i.e., the shadows are cooler, the highlights warmer, or vice versa). What's your take on that??

Great tutorial, again!

OH! How do you choose lip color??

Cheers!
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Firstly thank you for such a lovely comment!

In terms of shadows and highlights, yes you're right. A cool light source will produce a warm shadow and a warm light source will produce a cool shadow. The best tutorial on this explains it here fav.me/d5bi80o and if you really want to learn I suggest Colour and Light by James Gurney. With these swatches I suggest selecting the darkest shadow tone and on a new layer fill the selection with blue and set the layer to soft light 50% opacity. Do the same with the next darkest tone but at 30% and once more on the next darkest at 10%. This is assuming your light source is orange. Shadows will usually be the opposite colour of the light source, so a green light makes red shadows etc. The background colour and reflected light also affects the shadow tone. 

I suggest for further reading you look at fav.me/d2dwqgc as well.

Here's some of my paintings where the effect is obvious fav.me/d5ttyel (green lightsource) fav.me/d7b3dag (pale yellow light source) fav.me/d5ugz0x (multiple) 

Good luck and please feel free to send me a link to anything you've done and I'll look and give further advice or perhaps just applause. I look forward to your creations!
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TheKingOfTheNorth Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really helpful, thank you ~
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I am glad, feel free to link me to any results you create with its help and I'll be happy to give advice or whatever.
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dragonx81 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice.
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :iconmeowfaceplz:
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kusuri Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanna say, BLESS YOU FOR DOING SKIN COLORS OTHER THAN WHITE.
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm white myself and I really only have my own skin for reference, so when I made these it would've been ridiculous not to do other skin colours. 
Thank you for your appreciation and taking the time to comment.
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Deltaforce11 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
do u do SAI also?
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't... but these colours and techniques will work in any program.
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Deltaforce11 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ok :) the only issue is the blending
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If you want to use a smudge tool method try this igneous-dragon.deviantart.com/…
But if you're interested in a more advance technique, the one I use myself, then look here shesta713.deviantart.com/art/S… (just ignore step 4)
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