For this personal project i decided to create 3D portraits of models with a totally black skin. The goal was to create beauty portraits and digital artwork without using any skin color but only the human figure (male and female) as a subject.
The models are made in DAZ Studio, i made some edits at the textures provided and then i created the skin shaders in Arnold for C4D. The lighting was made by an HDRI light and some additional lights for details and fill. The project then started to have more scifi elements using color lighting and displacement textures as you can see below.