The Eternal Quest for Skin Tone Words

16 Jun

. . . is still ongoing (but this might help you out).

I just came a cross this super cool Tumblr blog called Humanae.

It belongs to an artist who matches people’s skin tones to Pantone colors (the standard system for printed colors), like so:


It’s supposed to highlight the subtle difference between similar skin tones, and give an idea of just how many skin tones are out there.

Give the blog a scroll; there are hundreds of portraits.

While the colors are only named by their Pantone numbers, seeing all of these shades in their most simplified forms might get the old simile engine going and help you describe your characters accurately.

And it’s just generally cool.


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