The focus of this figure color study is a model with a darker skin tone. Many of my previous figure studies turned out a bit orange so I’m trying to keep the skin tones for this model accurate.

I was happy with the drawing and how I was able to turn the figure well with the value and color.

Color Study 2, close
Color Study 2, setup

In the setup shot you can see just how different the skin tones are from the female model. I may have pushed the color a bit too close to gold/orange though.

Color Study 2, test color
Test color

These colors tests are super helpful when done before the painting to help establish some good color on the palette and it reinforces the idea of turning the form through value.

Color Study 2, test black and white
Test black and white


  • Session: 1236
  • Work: 1062
  • Width: 12"
  • Height: 7"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1.5
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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."