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pizzaperty-deactivated20141001 said: Do you have any recommended reading on African history? I'd like to learn more about the entire continent but I want the perspective of someone from there, not a white westerner/anthropologist.


Sadly lot of books on history is written by white westerners.

Here are some books written by Africans and other black authors:

Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegalese)

  • Precolonial Black Africa
  • The Cultural Unity of Black Africa
  • civilization or barbarism
  • Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State
  • Towards the African Renaissance
  • The African Origin of Civilization: Myth Or Reality
  • African antiquity in pictures

Helene E. Hagan (Moroccan)

  • TAZZ’UNT : Ecology, Social Order and Ritual In the Tessawt Valley of the High Atlas of Morocco 
  • The Shining Ones: An Etymological Essay on the Amazigh Roots of Egyptian Civilization 
  • Tuareg Jewelry: Traditional Patterns and Symbols

Si Belkacem Taieb (Algerian)

  • Decolonizing Indigenous Education: An Amazigh/Berber Ethnographic Journey (Postcolonial Studies in Education)

Fidelia Nimmons (British African - I could not find out where in Africa she was from)

  • Primary History Kingdom of Benin: The complete volume: 3 (Kingdom of Benin history)
  • Inside a Rainforest Royal Court: Growing up in Benin: 2 (Kingdom of Benin history) 

Chancellor Williams (African-American)

  • Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500BC to 2000AD

Rowland Abiodun (Nigerian)

  • Yoruba Art and Language: Seeking the African in African Art
  • Art and Religion in Africa (Religion & the Arts)

Stephen Adebanji Akintoye (Nigerian)

  • A History of the Yoruba People 

Like I said, the majority of African history is written by white westerns. But there are still books out there written by Africans you’ve just got to look for them


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Anonymous said: So, I've been looking through your tutorials, specifically the one on skin. I think it's great- it's really good and explains stuff really well (all your tutorials do :) ),but I was having some trouble understanding undertones. How do you identify somebody's undertones? I get it in the general sense, but how can you tell that it will be this shade of a color vs another shade? Thanks so much, you're a huge inspiration and your artwork gets better each time! -anna


Hi! I’m glad the tutorials are helpful!

So, at first glance, its not hard to estimate an undertoneBut it also really helps to use the colour picker  in the most saturated parts of the face (Neither in light or shadow) 

Especially in pictures like these try to avoid the contour area just around the outside edges of the apples of the cheeks incase the model is wearing a lot of blush. Any natural makeup such as foundation or bronzer is fine because it should match the natural colours of the face, unlike blush which is usually a different colour.

These are the colours I picked from the faces. (you can also just eyeball them)

You can use these as your base tones when you paint, but knowing the actual undertone can give the skin a more unified and continuous look. So take the colour you took from the photo and use the full colour adjuster/ picker thing to find the undertone (again, you can just eyeball it unless you want to be super precise).

Some of the colours you find may seem really different from the original image, that’s okay! The colour should represent the mood or the essence of the face, the undertone can be any colour imaginable and one person can have more than one undertone depending on the lighting or the mood you want the piece to have. Giving someone a green or blue undertone can make them look sick. Giving someone a orange or red undertone can make them look warm and inviting. Its up to you! Just having an undertone in your art can make a piece look more realistic and give your art a larger range of skin tones.

Once you do this enough times it becomes a lot easier to eyeball the undertones and make them up for original drawings and characters. Do whatever feels right!

I hope this helps!


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