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What lurks in the shadows? Or what color to use?

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So I am painting my first 54mm

I am using the "vampire skin" triad with maggot white as a hightlight and nightmare black as a shadow.

I feel like there should be another colors in the shadows but I don't know what.

This is just a quick sketch of what color is going where and I am not 100% on the color yet. I also lost a bunch of the shadows that should be on the lowet legs so they need to be added in.

The base will be brown with aged yellowish skulls.

 

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I think it depends where you want to go with it.  Do you want the skin to be 100% cold?  If that is the case you should use a cold grey in between the nightmare black and the white.  This will feel otherworldly.  

 

Alternately, you could warm it up with a bone color in between the two.  It will give it a flesh like quality and feel more human.

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I am trying to keep it more of a cold undead look. The vampire skin has some purple in it. I did thin it with a bit of parchment wash (almost a light skin color ) from secret weapon since I didnt want to thin it with blue and have him look elven or alien. It isn't overly obvious there is more of a warmer color mixed in since the colors are so purple/pale to begin with.

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For contrast in the shadows you could wash in some very dark purple or magenta.  This would give you some more variety.  Don't do it in all the shadows but in some of the deepest ones that could be interesting.  Like under the chin, between the legs, etc.

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