This is what I have been studying lately, is color theory. I got caught up in you gals conversation hehe, I learned a little about both of ya.
That dress you painted looks remarkable, do you have a bigger picture you can post?
I have been studying the difference between a high contrast color scheme and a low contrast color scheme. For the most part, from what I can tell, the same colors are used by the masters, they mainly differ in richness of the color. Some work with more greys, other with darker true colors and darks.
That is the main colors I see in skin is grey-blue, green-yellow, yellow-orange, pink, skin color tan or peach, purple-grey, purple-black. Color pallet black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue. And mixing these together. Linda Berkvist (spelling) has a nice study in her site for skin tones. http://www.furiae.com go to gallery then tutorials.
This thread is cool, I will be reading the links.
So for my color study I did a paint over of Da Vinci’s self portrait sketch. I decided to use a medium key color scheme, trying to use greyed out colors. I did not use any photo reference. I only looked at the sketch as I painted over it. I feel this made me have to rely more on color theory and knowledge of lighting, rather than just trying to copy what you see. I think this is better for understanding how color works, I could be wrong though.
I was going for a ruff oil painting look, not realism. I might have added more color to the hair, but I wanted to get that old davinci look, mostly yellows, reds, and green-yellows for the flesh. Although It might look better with mostly dark hair, what do you think?
So here it is, Painter IX, artist oils, one layer.