Painting Lesson - Basic Color Palettes For
Fair Skin Tones
In this lesson you will create a painting of a fair skinned person, working with oils or acrylics and a stretched canvas. Try working with this color palette for light or fair skin people.
Please keep in mind that this is only a basic idea for a color palette for light skin. You will need to experiment with other color palettes for painting not just light but for the diversity of skin tones from light to dark and in different lighting conditions. After you work with this palette you should experiment on your own and explore the different ways master artists have captured skin tones (Some examples below).
Color palette for light complexion skin tones
Here is a basic palette for painting fair complexion skin tones with light, middle, and shadow values: Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Sienna, Cerulean Blue, and Viridian.
In Example 1 below you can see how this palette was applied to light (1), middle (2), and shadow (3) values of the skin using various color combinations of this palette.
Examples of master painters skin tones in various paintings.