Painting Adventures

May 27, 2009

I started painting Dexter today. Skin tones are always difficult as skin is transparent, reflective, and everything else that is annoying. I start with a base color, about 3 coats of acrylic. I always use thin, watered down layers of paint to avoid a plastic-y look. I was taught to paint from the inside out when it comes to skin. Painting undertones is the key to realistic skin, in my opinion. I start by laying down thin layers of yellow, blue, and red. I then add in some white to “break up” the undertones to make the skin looks more random and realistic. I then use a unifying, thin layer of the original base tone to bring it all together. I basically repeat this process until it looks right…it’s pretty time consuming, really!

I included a photo of my pallet from today just to show how many different colors go into creating a skin tone. These colors also mix to create purples, greens, and oranges in the skin. They are all subtle, but they are there for sure. My husband kindly took a progress shot for me because I kept blowing the photos out with my flash! This is how far I got today, but there is still work to be done on the skin. Painting the stubble will be an adventure in itself!

My cart puller is nearing completion! Hopefully I will have finished photos of him by the end of the week. And Dexter should be pretty close as well.



  1. Its looking really good so far, amazing job on the paint! Really great progress from a year ago, all this isolated practice has really paid off and its going to open a lot of doors for you.

    • thank you so much, xavier! that means a lot 🙂

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