Flesh Tones / Portrait Set

  Shortly after I started The Mount Vision Pastel Company I got a call from an artist asking if it would be possible to match a color that had been discontinued by another manufacturer. I told him to scribble some out of a piece of paper and send it to me and I would see what I could do. Thus began my adventure in making several "flesh" tones.  
190-194:The color looked for was what would be commonly called a flesh color. It was close to a burnt sienna but it had a warmer undertone. After several tries I came up with this color, the 190-194 group, it is a fabulous base color for figure and portrait work of a certain complextion. I started with burnt sienna added a strong orange iron oxide and a bit of a bright yellow for warmth. However, it turned out to be to warm and garish so I use a little violet to hold it back and give it a nice softness.  
500-502:While working on the above colors I also started working on other colors that would be helpful for figurative work. This is a good warmish neutral made by softening an earthy orange with some ultramarine blue. By using a complement to tone down a color it will soften without becoming a grey.  
480-483: This color is a wonderful pigment discovery I made while I was experimenting making all of these colors. It is similiar to a raw sienna but it has a much oranger tone but still a nice warmth.  
470-473: A nice warm neutral color that fits between the two color groups above.  
490-492: What I would call a ruddy color. A neutral earthish red with a warmer tone in the tints than a Mars Red.  
311-314: The four middle colors are used in the Flesh Tone Set. This is a clean earthy orange oxide pigment that makes a nice orangish skin tone.  
321-323: The three middle colors are used in the Flesh Tone Set. A mars red pigment that makes very cool blue shade tints that are useful for shadows and a cool underlayer.  
25 Piece Flesh Tones include:
190, 191, 192, 193, 12, 500, 501, 502, 481, 482, 471, 472, 473, 102, 103, 311, 312, 313, 314, 321, 322, 323, 373, 160, 110.  


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