Saying that people of color cannot show any visible blushing is a big fat myth that only proves how little people actually know about skin tones.
I have seen a lot of skin-tone palettes that includes dark skin, but it is very rarely put in use as examples. And many times I’ve found them to only appear monochrome, while darker skin tones are just as rich in tone variation as fair skin.
And just to be extra nice, I even added the basic colors I used in these two examples. A big protip is to start with the darkest tone as a base and then work to light tones. Use the highlights sparingly, they should not be large but more like small spots. Dark skin is more “reflective”, meaning small highlights pop out more than on lighter skin tones.
I made this set mainly for all the anime artists out there who probably would love to color more poc characters but don’t really know if it’d work out as kawaii as their usual stuff.
News flash: it’s drop-dead super kawaii in all skin tones<3
While I’ve never seen an actual black person blush, here’s some good info for artists.
yeah I was just thinking that too
in my entire life I’ve never seen a black person blush
To be honest I haven’t either. Even in very light-skinned people just one little drop of melanin makes it so their faces aren’t that vulnerable to changing color just because some blood is rushing up there.
Since the tutorial seems to be for the anime artist crowd then having a way to show blushing on various skin-tones is good to know. Blushing is a big trope in that genre.
“I haven’t seen a thing IRL so that means it doesn’t exist”
Excuse you but this post was actually made for ppl like you. But I guess I’ll have to show you some better examples:
(The two pictures above is of the Turkana tribe in Africa, one of the people with the darkest skin in the world. And as you can see, they clearly have some blush on their faces)
Using your personal experience as an argument is invalid here, ESPECIALLY if you are white (like me, Swedish and all).
Some people blush more than others, some people rarely blush at all - both for white and black people.
Before assuming things about people of color, do some research next time. trust me it’s always worth it.
My illustration might be in kawaii anime style, but it’s based on research and studies I’ve done on darker skin tones from reality.
Have a nice day.