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Deepest African Skin Tones

Post  goat major on Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:54 am

Theo (or anyone else...) what colour palettes do you use for various African skin tones? I'm doing an ogre kingdoms army that will be Africa themed and they have lots of skin to paint. I'm thinking of doing a range of tones, from Arabic to west African but other than the foundry dusky flesh triad, I haven't much experience of non-European tones.
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Re: Deepest African Skin Tones

Post  Theo on Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:16 am

Hiya mate;
I use the Foundry Dusky Flesh triad for my natives. You can see how it turns out in the gallery [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Do you need something darker than that? Because I did arrive at a recipe for darker skin which I can dig up if ya like. I was thinking of painting my Zanzibari that darker colour.
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Re: Deepest African Skin Tones

Post  goat major on Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:21 am

nice figures :) but yeh i was after something darker as well i think - if you can dig that out that would be great! cheers
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Post  Theo on Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:33 am

no trouble at all mate. I have three more recipes to suggest with comments on how much I like each one.

a) this one uses the Foundry Dark African Flesh triad (121 ABC). It's not dark, it's barely african (perhaps they meant northern african) and I have no idea why it's called that! lol You can see the result it produces on the flesh of this Arab I painted. To me it smacks of the way comics of old depicted the skin of villains i.e. that sickly yellowish shade.
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b) this second employs the Foundry African Flesh triad (125 ABC). This one IS dark (a reddish brown) but I felt the shades did not complement each other perfectly at least not as well as the Dusky Flesh ones do. Still it's a legitimate triad for painting darker african flesh. Sadly I have no pic of anything I painted in that.

I have however abandoned both of the above ways of doing darker african flesh in favour of (c) as suggested by Dallimore himself in his painting books:

c) Use the Foundry Bay triad's first two shades i.e. Bay Brown A and B (42A&B) and then for the final highlight you can either use Bay Brown C OR Dusky Flesh C mixed with a bit of the Bay Brown B shade. It provides a very warm and rich brown which looks spiffing.
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Post  goat major on Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:29 am

Cheers mate - will give it a go!
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