I have posted here and on my Art Class blog (that I need to pick up)
the versions of my Skin Color Swatches...
How it grew over time and how it became one of the many important tools for
Photoshop painters to use for painting skin.
It all began in 2005 when I decided to get all the accumulated swatches
I made for myself for painting training,
and put them in a file and share it with others.
Most people find it hard to swatch a skin so they can paint it
and since it is something that for me is so easy to do,
because I see swatches in everything...
I share it, so I can help other artists skip the hard part
so they don't waste their time with it and go straight to the painting.
In 2009, deviantART made it a Daily Deviation and more people saw it.
The Daily Deviations show up at the bottom in almost every page in deviantART so everyone sees it.
So the people who hadn't discovered yet, did.
That inspired me to make it better.
You can see the blog post about it here.
I didn't have that many new colors accumulated to add to it yet, but I was starting to.
I make a new swatch every time I paint, so after a while I get lots of new color sets.
So... I only changed the preview picture so it would be easier for non Photoshop
users to color pick the colors in the swatch since they can't use the
Photoshop file... (for GIMP and others).
After that, many fellow deviantArtists began to adapt it for their programs
and I started to link the swatch files they make of my Skin Color Swatches so people
who don't use Photoshop can use it too.
Color picking is fine, but having a file in a swatch window in the program you use
is much better.
They are linked under the preview picture in my gallery.
Since the first Skin Color Swatches was published in my deviantART
gallery in 2005 and after it received a new preview file when it made it as Daily Deviation,
I have accumulated more skin colors, so I added them to the
existent swatch and I also added some highlights...
I put my Faradriel as the face of it and created the
Skin Color Swatches Epic Edition.
Before anyone asks me, Faradriel is my World of Warcraft
character that I am painting. She is in an artwork I am working on
called Quel'Delar. You can see the progress HERE.
Along the way, many things happened to my swatches.
I sometimes find it in Photoshop related websites and blogs,
in other people's tutorials on how to paint skin...
It is featured in many forums...
and deviantART groups...
and on the first page of most popular of all time tutorials in deviantART
Some still have the old version.
I receive lots of messages everyday thanking me for sharing it.
I feel so grateful that I can help other artists
and I love when they send me links to the artworks they have created
using my swatches.
In January a fellow deviantArtist made a stamp about being a DeviantNep Swatch user
(you can see it here from her gallery)
I use it too =P
I love it.
I am still so thankful for that.
You can see the blog post about it here.
But the latest thing that happened to my Skin Color Swatches,
A few weeks ago I got a message from the editor of a Japanese Photoshop Tools
magazine, asking me to let them add it to their tool resources.
I said yes but heard nothing after that.
I was answering comments and questions about Photoshop in deviantART,
and answering thank you notes from artists about the swatch...
and I received a private message.
It was the magazine again saying it is out and done!
I received a free copy of the magazine in pdf and the link of where you can buy it on Amazon Japan.
(took a screenshot)
I am not allowed to link the .pdf file to others
but I took a screenshot of the page it is in...
You can see the link to buy it here.
This is so great!
It made my day.
I am still amazed that something so simple to me
made this far because it helps others.
Listening to: Metallica S&M - No Leaf Clover
Reading: George R. R. Martin - Game of Thrones
Playing: World of Warcraft
Watching: Friends + V + Scrubs
Eating: don't know yet
Drinking: cranberry juice
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation
with the bricks others have thrown at him"