I am about to attempt a portrait baby using the baby Charlotte kit by Ping Lau. This adorable libaby has a white dad and a korean mom, so a bit of an Asian color with no visible mottling. This is an expensive kit so I dont want to mess it up, so any input on how to create depth with an even toned baby would be greatly appreciated.
Im just wondering if having one cauc parent if up close the baby would have some light mottling not noticeable in a photo.
Im following too as to no mottling but demension.
Get the experts up here!
I don’t know that you can create depth without at least some mottling. I’d say everyone has mottling to some degree. Maybe do mottling in very pale colors.
This is so timely because I was just Googling Asian newborns the other day!
Here are a few that I found, some have light mottling, others no visible mottling at all, so I think I’d go with very light mottling.
Yes now we know!!
Beautiful pics, @kareninflorida! See how clear skinned they are? Hmmm… Guess I’ll go with very light mottling. I have to otherwise it won’t look right.
Maybe we can get input from @honojane since she recently created the very beautiful Midori… a baby that I was very tempted to buy myself.
So much to learn still!! Can’t quite figure this out, and also can’t figure out how to give a very fair skinned baby (porcelain complexion) the depth that I want without making it dark with the washes that we normally use to warm them up… somehow I suspect the answer to one problem will help solve the other.
Ok - I am going to tell what I do - this is not they only way -but how I get depth - flesh layer in lightest color youll be using , apply with awith a torn sponge , then flesh with a plucked sponge in 1-2 shades darker , then using a mottling sponge do a thin layer with yellow ochre and a TINY touch of burnt umber -if you want to keep the skin tones really light add this to your first flesh color -I this method gives the flesh layers depth with out mottle - I personally would then do a very thinned down pink mottle so it gives the illusion of blood under the skin and circulation - just go very very light
Makes perfect sense. Thank you, @cher_simnitt!!
you are very welcome !
I’m still new to this but i tried something new on my current babe. in the beginning i would blush and mottle very early on. i guess i wanted to see some results quickly. on this babe, i saved it for later and i saw depth w/o mottling. i baked between each of these layers btw. i did a layer of baby skin, veining, a layer of flesh, a layer of yellow, a layer of burnt umber, a blue wash. then i did some blushing. then, i did a light hardly noticeable mottle on upper forehead and lower cheeks. i might have left the babe alone at this stage because i liked it. but it was a custom and i think they would like it more built out, you know what i mean.
separately, I did a very fair skinned baby and did a couple earth mint washes. it was so nice. toned it down and gave that nice pale but alive color. the earth mint is one of my favorites.
I was about to give the same advice basically.