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How to do dark skin tones correctly on a Minecraft skin! ♡

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belaphoupou avatar belaphoupou
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Hey everyone! Lately, I've been seeing Minecraft skins with more greyish browns.
As a black girl myself, it makes me uncomfortable to see that.
So, I've decided to make a blog about the correct way to do it!
Keep in mind that the number of colors you shade with is up to you, I'm just here to show you the basics.

--Let's begin!--

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One thing I've addressed so far is the skin tones, so let's look at examples of skins with grey-browns, and talk about what's wrong
with it.
Examples
How to do dark skin tones correctly on a Minecraft skin! ♡
How to do dark skin tones correctly on a Minecraft skin! ♡
How to do dark skin tones correctly on a Minecraft skin! ♡



(Now, I'd like to say that I am fully aware of how *very* dark tones can have blue highlights, and I'll get to that part too <3 )
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"What's wrong with it?"
Well, the colors are on the grey spectrum, giving it a sort of dried out/dead feeling to it.
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Let's fix it!
These are the basic do's and don't before we go ahead and move on

Examples






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How to shade!

One good way to learn how to shade skin tones are references!
However, don't copy the colors straight from the image! do alter them a bit so that they'll look right.
-- some base examples --

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Here are some don't on shading:

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Choosing a rich color and then shading with greys/dryer colors doesn't look good together, (Excluding certain IRL lighting situations)
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Correct way:

Choosing a vibrant color to shade a rich tone like this makes it look more lively and vibrant!

(This may vary with the shade of brown, so my best advice would be to observe with reference images)
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Examples for practice:
(For light skin & dark skin (darker colors coming soon))



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In conclusion, don't use grey/dried out colors to shade dark skin tones! Use orange/yellow for a vibrant tone

Alternatively, you could use navy blue to shade too (All skin tones, looks best on really dark tones.)

Thank you for listening! if you have an additional information please comment it below <3
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06/23/2022 7:30 pm
Level 41 : Master Procrastinator
Angelonasher
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I personally don't really super orange skin tones in my own work, but this is definitely something I should keep in mind when making darker tones in my skins.

Is this skin I made a while ago okay?
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06/24/2022 3:10 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Princess
belaphoupou
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Well, respectfully, no, it isn't.
It looks like the examples that I said not to do.
I can tell you used a more yellow tone when making the skin.
I get not wanting it to be super orange but you kind of made her skin tone
look like dookie as well.
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07/07/2022 8:41 pmhistory
Level 41 : Master Procrastinator
Angelonasher
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Is this one good? I tried to make it more saturated. If it is not, please tell me what's wrong so I can improve C:
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07/07/2022 9:10 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Princess
belaphoupou
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It's an improvement but the shadows do need to be darker and just a tiny bit less saturated.
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07/07/2022 9:19 pm
Level 41 : Master Procrastinator
Angelonasher
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I edited it. could you check it again if im not being too annoying lol
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06/24/2022 4:21 pm
Level 41 : Master Procrastinator
Angelonasher
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Ah okay. I'll try to make my darker skin characters more saturated unless I specifically want a more desaturated/dead feel C:
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06/01/2022 4:16 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
chibisora
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This is really helpful! thank u so much :D
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03/24/2022 12:22 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Cookie
kianna naran
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Thank you!
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03/11/2022 2:54 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Lad
Aquarine
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tysm for making this! super helpful 💕
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12/11/2021 3:13 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
User3904595G
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I legit searched forever for a dark-skinned Minecraft skin and the darkest I got was way lighter than my asking colour. I'm disappointed that people don't make dark-skinned girls or boys.
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