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Discuss Oil painting techniques.
Flesh
azizmaz
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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2002 - 02:28 PM UTC
I have a good selection of winsor and newton oil paints. What colors should I mix to get a nice flesh color? (:-)
shiryon
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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2002 - 04:47 PM UTC
you have a few centuries. :-) Really though your going to get a multiplicity of Answers. I have for the most part followed Verlinden' meathod put forth in his books. I have modified it as suites me. You will need to modify the base and finishing colors somewhat for for different skin tones. by this I mean pinkish, tannish, black or Asian. adding hair is anothe r issue. But you asked for colors so here's My list.

Widser Newton colors... Grumbacher colors
flesh Tint Grumbacher red
titanium White raw sienna
cadmium yellow
yellow ochre
cadmium orange
vermillion hue
Raw umber
burnt umber

I have other oils and use them for shading uniforms and mixing when not satisfied with previous colors.

Josh Weingarten
aKa shiryon
AndersHeintz
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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2002 - 05:20 PM UTC
Hola!

A Good and simple mix concists of:

White
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna

Start with Yellow Ochre and White, make a nice off white, then just add Burnt Sienna until you are happy with results. Add Burnt Umber or Vandykebrown or Mars Brown to the burnt sienna for shadows and just add white for highlights.

This is a very basic mix, you can add some blue for more dull flesh, add red for rosey cheeks etc etc.

Just try and see what you like, and eventually you will end up with a fomula that you like!

Ive found that I like a mix of white, burnt umber, Naples yellow and burnt sienna. Gives a nice little more grayish tone.
slodder
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Posted: Friday, December 20, 2002 - 04:10 AM UTC
I asked my artist sister and here is her skin tone recipie
Try this:
A basic mix for a white person would be raw
sienna or yellow ochre, with some cadmium red and
cadmium yellow, plus white. Maybe add a touch of blue
or green if it's too bright.
Matrix
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Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 12:08 PM UTC
Hey thanks for the mix colors, its just what I needed!! :-) :-) :-) :-)
azizmaz
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Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 01:10 PM UTC
Ditto! (:-)
Eagle
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Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 06:06 PM UTC
I'll follow Anders and Scott with their recipies....

I've got a nice little article on painting faces if your interested... send me an e-mail if you want it.
User_789
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Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002 - 07:31 AM UTC
Try Mongo mel's Feature -Color mixing part 2