tones and shades of portrait art drawing and sketching.
for darker skin tones:
The principle for shading portraits with darker skin tones is the same as shading any other portrait. You will look for the proper tones, and shade them in.
Depending on the person's skin tone, you might use a darker "medium gray." You'll end up covering a lot of the face with this gray. Highlights will be a paler gray. Few highlights will be white or almost white.
There will be more darker grays. There will also be more blacks and "dark darks," but not as many as you might think. If possible, use the dark darks as "accents," like at the corner of the mouth, the nostril, eyes, eyebrows, shadow under jaw, hair, etc.
Click on this image to see a larger version, with the main tones identified.
You'll see that most of the face is "dark" or "medium gray." The "highlights" are not really white, but more like a light gray. Black tones are reserved for "accents," like nostrils, the line between the mouth, etc.
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