Yesterday, I finished the line-work on this guy, and I was brainstorming ideas. I didn’t feel like settling on a colour-scheme, so I just kept colouring.
Because I have an interest in this sort of thing, here’s a run down of the skin conditions pictured.
Port Wine Stain; A birth mark caused by a malformation of blood vessels. Most often on the face/head.
Vitiligo; The skin loses pigment over time, especially around extremities, often in symmetrical patterns, due to the death of the pigment-producing cells of the skin.
Freckles; Most common in fair-skinned people, the pigment-producing cells of the skin produce more melanin (pigment) than usual. They are affected by the sun, and become more pronounced with exposure.
Piebaldism; Characterized by a white forelock and patch on the forehead, piebaldism is a result of a genetic malfunction which causes the pigment-producing cells to stop working, despite their ability to produce melanin.
Mongolian Blue Spots; Most common in people in Asian, Oceanic, and Native American people, these birthmarks are a result of pigment-producing cells being trapped further under the skin than they normally would be. They usually manifest on the lower portion of the body, and truly are blue.
Albinism; True albinism is the result of a genetic disorder that causes the cells of the body to be unable to produce melanin. In many cases, albinism can cause various eye problems. In small animals, albinism causes their eyes to be red due to visibility of blood vessels; in humans, the eyes don’t always lack colour, but can appear pale blue, red, or even purple.