Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light

In Oil, Pastel and Watercolor

Chris Saper


Inside you'll find guidelines for rendering accurate skin tones in a variety of media, including watercolour, oil and pastel. You'll begin with a review of the five essential painting elements (drawing, value, colour, composition and edges), then learn how light and colour influence the appearance of skin tones. You'll discover how to:

  • Paint the four major skin colour groups (Caucasian, African, Asian and Hispanic)
  • Refine these colours into dozens of possible variations within each group
  • Select your palette and mix hues for clean, beautiful colours
  • Determine the colour and temperature of light that falls on your subject
  • Paint direct and indirect sunlight, artificial light and highlights of light
  • Master the four elements that determine colour in shadow
  • Use photographic references when you can't paint directly from life

You'll also find seven step-by-step demonstrations and an appendix of sample colour charts for each major skin type under a range of lighting variations.


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    280 x 215 mm
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    Currently out of stock – due in about 10 days
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