invested in baseball game phone apps once again, do not judge me
I can try to give out a couple, but please take what I say with a grain of salt. I color-picked for the color palettes, so those are NOT necessarily the colors I used. Generally speaking, I think key points to consider are that skin is reflective, and as a general rule, I will use more neutral/cooler colors in shadow.
The first two are straightforward examples for how I color skin without considering anything else. If you stick with a limited palette, say peach and a darker version of that peach, things will look very flat. The 1st example is probably the least amount of variation I’ll have when painting skin. There’s a lot of brown, but some are more purplish and others are more peachy. Try to think about or find resources for how light hits the face and body to figure out where to use lighter colors.
Examples 3-5 were done in Tegaki E, where there is no eyedropper, so I thought I’d include them. For the 3rd example, his overall skin tone is pale, but there are reds, pinks, yellows, and purples in there. In the 5th example, his skin is not actually blue, grey, or greenish, but because it reflects the blue of the water, it appears so.
The last example is the most extreme, where almost none of the true skin color is visible. The glowing markings add light that further distorts the skin’s color. The warm color of his skin becomes a greenish, blue-grey as it mixes with the blue light.
I feel like I really jumped the gun, and I’m going way away from what you’re looking for, but really, just experiment! It seems like the way I paint skin has always been appealing to some folks, but all I’ve ever done is layer colors almost randomly. I used to take more time individually picking colors, but now I just alternate painting and using the eyedropper.
It’s that time of year, it’s my sketch giveaway part 2! I thought this was pretty fun last time, so why not preemptively celebrate my next milestone while I’m on break. \o/ The same rules/prizes as last time apply, but in case you missed out on the first round or forgot:
Red, because it’s the best color! Since summer I’ve had a soft spot for orange though.