• 1. Primer: use a rust colored primer for flesh tones. GKC's Brick Red Surface Prep, Krylon Ruddy Brown or Duplicolor Red Primer. A sandable primer works well.
  • 2. Equal amounts of Toffee Brown and Leather Tan sprayed over all. Don't make any effort to get into recesses; you want to leave those darker.
  • 3. Equal amounts of Bronze Flesh ST (semi-transparent) and Leather Tan applied overall-sprayed primarily from above, with a light misting to undersides. This will create a slight shift to the overall color.
  • 4. Equal amounts of Bronze Flesh ST and GK Flesh ST. Apply in light, thin layers to gradually lighten areas. Keep the airbrush moving in a circular motion, slowly moving over broad areas. These colors are a mid-tone on the scale of values, not a highlight. Occasionally mist undersides and recessed areas to unify color.
  • 5. GK Flesh ST to build up large highlight areas. Use the same circular motion, thin layers, gradually building up the color.
  • 6. Several applications of transparent colors are used to enhance the overall tone and color of the flesh. Keep the applications light. They are not necessarily applied everywhere. Reference photos are very helpful.
  • 7. A mix of Pale Flesh ST and GK Flesh ST is used to gradually build up highlights at top of shoulders, chest, breasts, and face. This is a slow build up. Don't obscure all the colors previously applied.
  • 8. Adjust color or tone with transparent colors if necessary.
  • 9. Pastel enhancements: Burnt Sienna to edges and recesses to deepen shadows. Pink or Red to cheeks, cleavage, knuckles, and finger tips to add warmth.
  • 10. Make a final color/tone adjustment or punch up highlights if necessary.

Face, hair, and hand detail

  • 1. Eyes: Gravestone Gray with a touch of Midnight Blue used to base sclera.
  • 2. Lips: 3 parts Mars Red and 1 part Bronze Flesh for base color.
  • 3. A flesh colored mix of burnt sienna and titanium white watercolor (WC) used to lighten philtrum (upper edge of lips) and ridges under nose.
  • 4. Black WC used to edge hair. Easy clean up for those hard to reach places.
  • 5. Brush Black Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic (LSBA) into hair recesses.
  • 6. Van Dyke Brown WC used to brush in eyebrows.
  • 7. Silly Putty (SP) mask eyes, Bone White sprayed to sclera.
  • 8. Pink WC along edges of eyelids; darker in corners.
  • 9. Hair masked with SP and based in Jet Black.
  • 10. Rich Brown sprayed overall (mainly from above) as a fill color.


  • 11. Tamiya Clear Gloss to eyes. Seals and gives a smooth surface.
  • 12. Black WC to set irises and eyelashes.
  • 13. Various shades of Payne's Gray WC to draw striations.


  • 14. Mask lower lip with SP. Spray from top mix of 1 part Mars Red to 2 parts Virgin Flesh.
  • 15. Use pastels to add shade and color-pink and dark tan.
  • 16. Use Black WC for pupils.


  • 17. Use a mix of Rich Brown and Leather Tan as an overall hair fill.
  • 18. Use a mix of Toffee Brown with a touch of Bright Yellow to highlight hair.
  • 19. Enhance hair with Sepia, then Chestnut.
  • 20. Drybrush a mix of Liquitex Soft Body Acrylics (LSBA) Raw Sienna and Yellow Ochre.
  • 21. Nails are brushed with Bronze Flesh and a touch of Mars Red.
  • 22. Lunula ("French tip") brushed on using a mix of burnt sienna and titanium white WC.
  • 23. Vandyck Brown WC used along edges of nails and at knuckles.
  • 24.Black WC stray hairs and lip separation.

Wood base

  • Base with Mars Red or rust primer. GKC's Brick Red Surface Prep, Krylon Ruddy Brown or Duplicolor Red Primer.
  • Airbrush fine grain lines using Leather Tan. Then use a Bright Yellow and Bone White mix for grain lines of various thicknesses.
  • Use a mist of Chestnut then Sepia to adjust color and use Transparent Red Violet for additional lines.


  • Light airbrush a mix of Vandyck and Dioxazine purple WC. Allow to dry, then lightly wipe with damp cloth.

Clothing and drapery

Note: Please keep in mind that these colors are only suggestions, the techniques used here are applicable to just about any color you would like to use, so please feel free to chose colors which appeal to your tastes.
  • 1. Bodice edged in Hookers Green LSBA.
  • 2. SP mask the base spraying a mix of 1 part Bright Yellow and little Midnight Blue.
  • 3. Use an overall fill color of the same colors but adding more B. Yellow and less M. Blue.
  • 4. Olive Green used to highlight and fill the center section and top portion.
  • 5. A mix of Bright Yellow, Toffee Brown, and a little Olive Green is used to highlight Center and top sections.
  • 6. Lace trim was edged with a mix of LSBA Yellow Oxide and as touch of Titanium White.
  • 7. Lace masked with SP is then filled with a mix of equal parts Bright Yellow, Toffee Brown, and some Bone White to lighten.
  • 8. Vandyck Brown WC wash to lace stitching.
  • 9. Bone White sprayed from above to highlight.
  • 10. Yellow ochre pastel to deepen folds.
  • 11. Jet Black cuff.
  • 12. Midnight Blue highlight
  • 13. Gravestone Gray trim.
  • 14. Dry brush white LSBA trim and elbows.
  • 15. Drapery edged and recesses are filled in Jet Black.
  • 16. Based in Midnight Blue after SP mask.
  • 17. Midnight Blue is lightened with Gravestone Gray for fill and highlights.
  • 18. Decorative trim filled Red Violet and a little Pale Blue.
  • 19. More Pale Blue was added to mix then paint every other block.
  • 20. Edge done with Red Violet.
  • 21. Midnight Blue misted over all to unify and tone down color and for shading.


Black WC edging and thin application over all metallics. Use damp Q-tip to wipe raised surfaces.

  • Deep Gold Metallic (skimmed)
  • Gold Pearl (skimmed) raised surfaces.
  • Deep Gold Pearl to recesses/shadows
  • Chrome highlights.
  • GKC's Gloss Sealer for Shine.