Three Color Process: Foundation of Skin Tone

After I get my drawing on paper with a watercolor pencil these would be the first layers of paint.

Ultramarine Blue - I do this one first to sketch in the shadows and dark tones. Its still a pretty light layer

Quin. Coral - I would start building the warmth of the skin tone with this shade of pink. I’m avoiding the lightest parts of the face, but really just getting the color down. I’m not being super careful at this point. 

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New Gamboge - The skin is purple! It needs to be balanced out by some yellow. I slap this color all over the skin. 

So this is the beginning part of the painting. I call it the easter egg phase because of the pastel colors. It doesn’t look like skin quite yet, but its a great foundation to work from.

Here it is finished

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