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.

Basic Fair Skin Color Palette

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.

Example 1Fair Skin Color Painting Drawing and Painting Lessons

 

Examples of master painters skin tones in various paintings.

Portrait of Albert de Belleroche, 1882, John Singer Sargent

Portrait of Albert de Belleroche, 1882, John Singer Sargent

Anne Washinton Derry, 1927 by  Laura Wheeler Waring

Anne Washinton Derry, 1927 by Laura Wheeler Warin

Marilyn, By Andy Warhol

Marilyn, by Andy Warhol

Portrait of Louis Roy, 1893, Paul Gauguin

Portrait of Louis Roy, 1893, Paul Gauguin