I’m participating in another conceptart.org Character of the Week. This week’s character is a miniature pro angler. The brief says the character is very small (as in pinky-sized) and catches a fish to race.
I added more “non-skin colors” here in order to liven it up. I also made sure to draw someone with light skin without things looking way blown out as is common when coloring people of lighter complexions. I didn’t get to work on this as long as I’d like.
I wanted to be more thoughtful in using color in order to make more lively skin tones. Instead of using just a base color, a few darks and some beige highlights I played around more with saturation and added different hues in there. Instead of just randomly plunking down dark-medium-light made sure to attempt to stick to the principles of how real skin reacts to light. I love doing these sorts of color exercises. Being as invested in my choices as I was in this study makes this a slower process but It pays off in the end.