Oil paint technique for skin tone?

Hello everyone,

I am a high school student and right now I am working on figure painting in my Art class. I'm wondering what kind of techniques you usually use when mixing the skin tones, and since I want to make my painting as realistic as possible, do you have any advise you could give me? Thank you!

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Skin tones are like any other color; It's not one color. If you look closely you will see that a (Caucasian) skin is white with numerous shades of pink, white, blue, red, brown, purple and even blue. And that is even without considering shades formed by the shape of a face.

    The best you can do is look at a painting of an old master like Rembrandt and see how he makes it look so easy.


    Try reproducing that and you will know one way of painting skintones.

    Or take the easy way out and watch this tutorial on skin-tones:


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  • jackie
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Red, yellow, white, mixed to the preferred tone add some blue or green for shadows.

  • 1 decade ago

    there are many options... but one is light brown, red and white. also a bit of blue and or green can help bring down the red. It takes some experimenting but start with brown and alot of white then slowly ad the red in small amounts If your not happy then add the blue or the green in small amounts.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    use water colrs cause regular paint mite hert your skin

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