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Skin Colors: (easiest if you follow the order below)

For light skin:

  1. Very, very faint layer of yellow
  2. Light layer of orange
  3. Light layer of light brown
  4. Light layer of red
  5. Very, very faint layer of blue (or green) (to subdue the color brilliance)

For dark skin:

Step 1: same as above (very light)
Steps 2-4: gradually and smoothly build up more layers, achieving more pigment (color)
Step 5: same as above (very light)

The peach and brown pencils that come in our pencil sets really aren't very much like real people colors. You can achieve much more beautiful colors of all skin types if you layer colors. A basic recipe for skin is at left.

Start by inventing a silhouette (outline) form that conveys the 'shape' or 'essence' of a human person... The shape should occupy a space that you can easily layer colors in, say about 2 x 3". Repeat this shape 7-10 times, filling you page with an interesting arrangement.

Color each shape, experimenting with different densities of the nearby "skin tone recipes". Vary the amounts of colors to create a page full of people who represent a wide range of skin tones from light to dark.

Pattern the background, or perhaps create interlocking borders: something to give the page a unified appearance.
Tips: **Make smooth layers (essential for good results) **You can go back and add to layers, but you can't take layers off- so start off slowly ** Too much yellow will make the skin too orange **Too much yellow and blue will turn the skin green **Too much blue will make the skin gray
*Teaching points: color layering, skin tones, shading technique
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