Once upon a time, in Italy, there was that pale rosino: usually, to color the face, that was used. But that would no longer be enough: how could it be done with Mark’s face, who has a Romanian father and a Cuban mother? And with that of Alicia, who has a mother who comes from Senegal? And with that of Shui who, born of Chinese parents, has just arrived from Beijing?
And it is to follow our changing society that those who produce pencils have kept up with the times and have added the «skin tones», different shades designed for each skin color type.
There are so many now: from Faber Castell’s set with 12 colors + 3 designed, in fact, to include all populations (the sale also has a charitable intent: the purchase supports art therapy programs for abused children), a Giotto’swho thought of an ad hoc case with 12 shades «to provide a series of tools that allow every child to freely express their culture» and to that of Lyra, who calls the set «The color of the peoples». Another step towards inclusiveness.
Actually the professional sets already included different «skin tones»but – as they say – it’s always better to learn as a child.
Source: Vanity Fair
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