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Basic Skin Swatches and Tutorial by ThePurpleSorcerer Basic Skin Swatches and Tutorial by ThePurpleSorcerer
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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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:iconmaryfersstiger:
maryfersstiger Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you much! :3
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
No problem!
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:iconmaryfersstiger:
maryfersstiger Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
:3
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:iconaellynn:
aellynn Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Student General Artist
This is a nice organized method, thanks!
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Glad I can help and thank you!
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:iconautumnbells:
AutumnBells Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Used! Thanks for making this!
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer 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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:iconautumnbells:
AutumnBells Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Here it is!
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I can't see a link...
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:iconautumnbells:
AutumnBells Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer 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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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Really happee to help!
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:iconbman19:
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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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer 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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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer 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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:iconthekingofthenorth:
TheKingOfTheNorth Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really helpful, thank you ~
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer 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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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :iconmeowfaceplz:
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:iconkusuri:
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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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer 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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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer 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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:icondeltaforce11:
Deltaforce11 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ok :) the only issue is the blending
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer 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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Deltaforce11 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thx a million :)
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AnimeART-by-Ari-a Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanky you!!!1 i really needed this!!
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm happy to help!
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:iconhuaanitaa:
Huaanitaa Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sadly  i cant use the smudge tool , my computer is too slow and it takes too much time , do you have any other tips for me if im not able to use it ? really helpful tutorial though :) 
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Lay down the base colour first, then paint on the stripes at 100% opacity, then paint inbetween the two with 50% opacity of the lighter colour. I'd love to see the results when you're finished.
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Huaanitaa Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sounds good , I will try it out and see if it works for me , I got really sick of my digital art so i will probably go back to my old trusted pencils , but thanks so much for help :)
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ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If you want to get better it's just practice, practice, practice. My traditional pencil art has only gotten better along side my digital, so it doesn't really matter too much which you use.
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:iconhuaanitaa:
Huaanitaa Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I feel way more comfortable with pencil and tissues for blending in my hand, those tools in photoshop just annoy me sometimes , i wish i could just put my finger on the screen and blend it that way, Its easy for you to say to practise , your art is amazing ! 
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really it only takes practise! This was 2011 and terrible, this was 2012
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:iconhuaanitaa:
Huaanitaa Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well , i will try my best anyway ! Thank you so much for help :)
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dorkycats Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
'practiced with this tutorial - fav.me/d6fz0yj

I might need to practice some more.
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ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Just keep practicing! That's all it takes.
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dorkycats Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. And double for this nice tutorial. :iconbighappymeowplz:
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're most welcome
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Tailnin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
o/ Yay thanks! 
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yay welcome!
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:iconcarlostheraz:
Carlostheraz Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Quisiera saber como hacerlo pero sin usar Smudge tool.

Bad English version.
I need to know how to do that without Smudge tool.
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is a beginners guide to skin, so using the smudge tool is for the basics. If you want to do it more advanced use a wacom tablet and brush over, in the same directions as shown in the tutorial, using pressure sensitivity in photoshop. Hope this helped.

Mala versión española.
Esta es una guía para principiantes a la piel, por lo que el uso de la herramienta de retoque es para lo básico. Si quieres hacerlo más avanzados utilizan una tableta Wacom y pincel sobre, en la misma dirección, como se muestra en el tutorial, con sensibilidad a la presión en photoshop. Espero que esto ayudó.
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Kamame Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional
Wow.. very useful! Thank you!
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:iconthepurplesorcerer:
ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome
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Tenyume-Kasumi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
This looks great - especially the bit about the pores and moles to make it more realistic! Can't wait to try this out.
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ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Good luck send me a link if you some advice o whtever you try.
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