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I've been looking for a way to paint skin so that it will look good and won't take a long time, I was wondering if anybody here had any techniques or a certain way they paint skin. I'm looking for your average white guy skin tone, somewhat tanned maybe, the project I have is dark elf witches which are converted to be amazons for my lizardmen army, just to give them a little more style on the field.
So if anyone can give me some idea's on how to paint them that look pretty good and won't take hours to paint a single model that would be most helpful, also if you have any pictures that would be great, thanks guys.
Easy one to do:
Bronzed Flesh --> Dwarf Flesh to the raised parts of the face --> Elf flesh above Dwarf Flesh and you have a decent looking and quick face! ;Y
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My favoured quick'n'easy skintone is:
...in a series of layers.
If you want it paler, add in skull white for your final few highlights, if you want it more undead/tired, add in some blues to your basecoats... etc etc.
It's a kind of 'base' technique. Easy to change, easy to work with.
If you're after a quicker method, loose the Scorched Brown and Elf Flesh layers, just do Dwarf Flesh straight over black, then highlight with a little Bleached Bone.
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Flesh can be rather easy to paint, depending how much effort you want to put into it.
Basic ways start from;
bronzed flesh > flesh wash > bronzed flesh + skull white
A slightly more advanced, and more elf looking skin would be;
Dwarf Flesh > Flesh Wash > Dwarf Flesh + Elf Flesh > Elf Flesh > Elf Flesh + Skull White to highlight.
A simple method really, shouldn't take too long and suit for elf skin.
Thanks for the help guys, I think I'll try out a few of those techniques and see what I like best.
I think the key to good looking skin is to make sure you highlight the key areas of the face...
Whatever base color you use, wash it with a skin ink or maybe a watered down brown ink... then hit your highlights on the:
bridge of the nose
and if there is a pronounced chin hit that area as well...
Using a few highlights will give you a smoother result...
Now eyes are a different matter all together! ;?
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I've not painted flesh in a while but if you are interested in faces then have a look at Kevin Dallimore's faces, he's the master.
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Dwarf Flesh -> Elf Flesh -> Pallid Flesh.
There's a nice guide at Brushthralls, I suggest you read it.
What I usually do is a Bronzed Flesh (I think) basecoat, highlighted heavily with Elf Flesh, washed with watered down Flesh Wash, and then highlighted again with Elf Flesh. The result is a sort of rough and beaten up looking face/flesh, depending on how much Elf Flesh you put on in the final layer.
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