A work-in-progress of Phèdre nó Delaunay of the Kushiel Legacy Trilogy by writer Jacqueline Carey.  While this has been a few months in the works, now, this was my first experiment in painting more realistic skin tones.  There are a lot of great tutorials out there on how to do this, but I highly recommend the tutorials provided by the magazine ImagineFX.  ImagineFX is a huge asset to beginning digital painters, fantasy or otherwise.