Tutorial Tuesdays :: Painting an Olive Skin Tone (with freckles!)

The name says it all! I've been working really hard on not only painting this (of course!) but also filming and editing. Whew! These things always take about four times as long as you think. I bought new lighting, a tiny mic, and more memory sticks for my camera in order to step my demo/ tutorial game up, so I hope you enjoy! 

Here's what's on my palette:

  • Brilliant Pink
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Violet Colbalt
  • King's Blue
  • Chromium Oxide Green
  • Prussian Blue
  • Sap Green (not pictured)
  • Payne's Grey
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Titanium White
  • Lemon yellow
  • Cadmium Orange
oil paint set up for olive skin tone

< These are my mixed skin tones using mostly the bordering colors you see here (white, ochre, cad orange, brilliant pink, as well as a little chromium oxide green and sap green to help balance out the warmth). The lighter shades have more white and lemon yellow and the tiniest hint of king's blue. The darker shades have a little raw umber, cad orange, and violet mixed in. 


For great instruction on how and how much oil paint to mix, check out my Guide to Mixing Skin Tones for detailed advice:) [here]


A few process stills taken from the vid:

Step-by-step process

Finished freckles

This is a combination real-time and speed demo showing my contemporary realism style of painting portraits. (There's also a short vlog about creating content as a professional artist tucked in there too!)

As always feedback and questions are welcome! Hope you learned something! Have any thoughts on my little vlog in the middle there? Thanks for watching :)