I just sent a four part note to layoffthebleach.
I touched on how I am white as in Sicilian English. How I grew up in a predominately white area. And how I went to one of the most diverese schools in Nevada, and still can’t get skins tones right.
Its hard, ya know?
Like I draw Lucrese, who is Indian inspired.
Does she have an Indian coplexion to you? No.
I’m not even going to post pictures of Gary, who was Roma-Gypsy and looked white.
Skin is hard to colour for some people. I have a hard time mathing it, even with an eye dropper tool on Photoshop.
Accepting your premise, then I wonder, if skin tone is so difficult to match, why don’t people also have a tendency to screw it up by making it darker? Or uh, say, bluer or greener? Or stripped or polka dotted?
Why does the most common coloring “mistake” by people who have difficulty coloring skin tone make the character in the image lighter?
(And uh, no one is going to “hang” you for being bad at coloring. Perhaps consider researching historical skin-tone related reasons for why people were hung in irl. Because…ouch.)