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3-in-1 LIGHT SKIN DRAWING TUTORIAL – How to Color Skin for Beginners


hello everyone welcome back to a Brushes and Bunny’s video today we are kick starting off a new video tutorial series
we’re going to be doing coloring skin tones and I’m going to show you how to
color or how I color the light tone the medium tone and a dark tone now for
this video itself we’re only focusing on the light tones first and I’m going to
going to be releasing two consecutive videos on medium tone and dark tones now
of course just to preface there are multiple skin tones out there and just
for the purpose of this tutorial video we just want to focus on kind of like
the beginner steps of light medium and dark now we’re going to do today light
tones now you’re probably wondering why I have three circles well the first
circle I’m going to show you how I color in a light skin tone with only faber
castell polychromos so just pencil crayon the second one I’m
going to show you how I do it with the Copic markers and the third because I am
a mixed-media artist I’m going to show you how I color it with watercolor and
the faber castell polychromos so we’re going to have three different kind of
mini tutorials within one big tutorial and I hope that this will be kind of like
your ultimate skin guide to drawing skin or coloring in skin so let’s get started
so we’re going to start with the first circle and this is just with the
polychromos now for the light tones the colors that
I use pretty much for every single light tone or light skinned person that I draw
I will use these five colors so we’ve got the light flesh which is the kind of
the light peach color we also have cinnamon and I use this quite a lot
actually this is probably the pencil or the color that I use quite often
especially not only in terms of the light tone but also for the medium tone
as well I also use accents of the medium flesh which is a more pinky dark tone
color and for kind of the darker aspects of things in terms of the shadowing I
use the walnut Brown I will also use the white color just to kind of blend at the
kind of the highlighted areas of the skin and so the white pencil crayon or
the white polychromos is pretty good in terms of blending some colors together
as well now if you want you can also add kind of
color accents to the skin but this is kind of more advanced you can add yellow
you can add purple red green blue there’s all kinds of things you can do
this really depends on the lighting that your your character has or your
reference photo so really study how your reference photo looks like and you can
determine which sort of color accents you want to add but for this sort of
demonstration we’re just going to be using these basic colors right here first things first you want to take your
lightest tone which in this case will be the light flesh color and you want to
just simply color in the space or the subject kind of like a tip you want to
use a very light hand you don’t want to put so much pressure down basically the
overall goal here is just to color in and add a bit of color into the area
that you’re coloring it another tip would be just to be mindful of the
source of light so wherever the light hits the face of your subject you want
to make sure that this is going to be a highlighted area you can either delete
the space blank for now or you can go back later on and color it in with a
white pencil crayon so once you’ve colored it in a flat
surface of your light tone you want to start working in the medium tones which
in this case would be the medium flesh and the cinnamon so I typically use the
cinnamon first and I start to just sketch in the darker areas of the
subject and then I will highlight sort of key cinnamony colors with the medium
flesh which is more of a pinkish tone and this is where you can really start
to see that there’s a gradual buildup of a shadow happening another word of
advice would be to take your light flesh tone again which is your lightest tone
and go back and start to blend in the medium tones with the light tones
together the third step would be to take your dark shadow color so in this case
would be the walnut Brown and start to sketch in the darker areas of the
subject now because I am drawing on watercolor paper you’re going to see
that there’s a lot of kind of lines in the drawing it’s not as smooth as I want
it to be so kind of a trick would be to draw in circular motions and in this way
will guarantee that you’re kind of drawing within the Groves and like the
edges and the curves of the watercolor paper as
well at this point in a drawing you also want to start to apply more pressure on
your pencil so mixing into the dark tones of the walnut Brown together with
the mid-tones of of the cinnamon and the medium flesh you can start to apply more
pressure and in this case you can actually start to blend in the colors as
well for those of you guys who are a little bit more advanced this would be
sort of the point in time where you can also start to play around with the
accent color so I touch is a purple yellow red blue green you can start to
just kind of add this in within the shadows within the mid-tone range and
kind of blended together with the other natural colors the fifth step would be
to just basically keep repeating the same thing that you’re doing you’re
taking your mid-tones and you’re taking your dark tones and you’re just kind of
blending it in together by adding layer after layer something that I really like
to do afterwards is take my highlighter color which is the white pencil and
you’ll see that I’m just kind of going over some of the rough spots of the
drawing things where sort of the blending is not as great as it should be
or if you want to add a highlighted area to the space you can just use the white
pencil crown to really lay it on thick so in this case you want to add a lot of
pressure and you can start to lighten up certain areas of the skin as well and
that’s basically all there is to coloring with polychromos you rinse and
repeat what you’re doing by blending the colors adding layer upon layer until
you’re really happy with the final result
again just tip start off with a light drawing and then progress into a more
pressure drawing or pressurized I don’t know how to really say that but just
apply more pressure as you go along and you want to apply more of a saturated
color in that area so for the next circle we’re going to be
doing it with Copic markers and these are the three markers I use the most for
skin tones for the light skin tone now of course just like anything else you
can add accents of pink of orange of yellow of purple but these are really
the basics that I draw with and we have first the eggshell color I don’t some of
you guys are probably familiar with this is probably one of these lighted colors
I have and works really well when you’re trying to get a pale soft light skin
tone the next one I use is the cotton pearl now the cotton pearl has a little
bit of a darker shade or tone to it and it’s kind of a pinkish almost like a
yellowish pinkish kind of tone which looks really nice together with the
eggshell and the last one that I use quite often is the soft Sun this I use
for the shadowy aspect if I want to get a little bit of a darker tone to the
skin I will use soft son while son has a bit of a yellowish tinge to it as well
which looks really nice for shadows now color it with markers is not really
any different in terms of the color scheme that you select so you want to
start off with your latest tone which in this case is the eggshell you basically
just want a color in the area of course binding you’re sort of light source and
then you can start to gradually add in the mid-tone and the dark tone I like to
use the brush side of the marker just because I find an easier to blend in the
colors so especially when you’re working in the dark tone and the medium tone in
your like subject area you want to be able to control it and to be able to
blend so I use a lot of the the flick of the wrist lotion in order to really
blend in together the different tones and I think that this works pretty well
something that I typically do as well as just go back and keep working in the
mid-tones and the dark tones together and this is basically how I will blend
I’ll use the flick of the wrist and I will blend in the dark on top of the
medium and then I’ll go back and add medium tones and kind of blend in to
make a smoother service in between the dark medium and light you can also use a
blending worker however I don’t typically use as much just because I
have chosen colors that go pretty well together and are easy to blend together
as well so now for the third circle we’re going
to be doing a mixed-media approach which is what I typically do for my
mixed-media work I will set a base of watercolor and then I will draw upon it
with the faber castell polychromos and in recent light I’ve also been drawing
with the illuminance pencils so I’m going to do both actually so I’m going
to show you how this looks and which colors I use for that now for the
watercolors I’ll show you my set I use a combination of this slush tint color
this is actually from a no-name brand of my local art store Bergsma so there’s a
flush tent and for you guys you guys can probably find something similar at your
local art store I also use this color here which is from UM schwinkle it looks
pretty similar to here except it has a little bit more of a pinkish orange hue
to it so it’s kind of almost like in mid-tone and I could mix it pretty well
with other colors this is actually the Naples yellow reddish color from Minka
another color that I always always use is actually this color right here which
is opera rose from Windsor and Newton this is a fantastic color and it mixes
pretty well with the flesh tint color you’re not the ones that I seldom use
but sometimes depending on the actual color of the of like the reference photo
like what the skin color looks like I’m going to add a yellow to it this is
actually I believe I don’t remember the name from schwinkle I think it might be
the brutal yellow or the Naples yellow I don’t really remember exactly which one
I’m but it’s one of those two and I also use that the other one that I use to mix
in dark tones and what this color right here which is bit hard to see is quite
dark it is a brown I think it’s the bed Dyck Brown from shinka I don’t remember
again because there’s actually no like indication once you unwrap it what color
like if there’s a code or anything I don’t see a code but this might be the
main Dyck Brown or the burnt umber and I think it’s the Van Dyck so I use this to
mix together with my flesh tone and also with the bros to create a darker skin
tones apart from that I will also typically
use for the faber-castell I will go back to the cinnamon color I’ll go back to
the walnut brown color and also sometimes the light flash color but I’ll
ultimately I don’t really need to use this because of the water color itself
as for the additional luminance pencils so we use I use this one here the
luminance is actually fantastic pencil to help blend and smooth some of the
kind of the hard surfaces of the skin this is from Kevin – I don’t know if I
pronounced that properly it is the luminance collection which is fantastic
and I’m still in love so I use the burnt sienna 10 10 % burnt sienna 10% which is
the nice color I will also use seeing the burnt sienna 50% so it’s a little
bit of a darker shade so it can almost see you could also see that there’s a
resemblance in terms of the colors to the faber castell I will also sometimes
use the burnt ocher 50% which adds kind of a yellowish orange hue could mix up
so you can basically blend it with kind of the orange II aspect or yellowy
aspect of the skin code and then sometimes it will also add in the slate
gray from luminance for kind of like the darker shadows like the darkest of the
darkest shadows of the face but today we’re just going to be using a couple of
these ones – burnt sienna ones and together with a faber castell
and the watercolor so let’s get started the very first thing I always like to do
is I start off with my flesh tint color watercolor and I just apply this as a
smooth base over the entire subject I really like using watercolor as a base I
think that it helps give a smooth delicate aspect to the skin tone you can
definitely cover a lot more ground as well compared to just using polychromos
or Marker what I typically like to do is once I cover it with the latest tone
of watercolor I will apply more darker tone so mixture of the opera’s and the
Van Dyck Brown together with the flow in color I will already start to apply
it directly when the paper is still wet so I just like to already mix in two
different tones together before the paper is dry once the paper is dry I
start to apply my favorite castell polychromos together with the luminance
pencils and I will typically start with the mid-tones and actually probably only
use the mid-tones so like the cinnamon color and the walnut Brown of the faber
castell I will just start to add in or flesh out the shadowy areas and then
afterwards I will go on top with my luminance pencils such as the burnt
sienna believe it’s the 10% and the 50% and I basically just kind of expand upon
what I already drew with my favorite castell polychromos and at this point I
will basically just keep blending in to mid tones of the polychromos and the
luminance together with your watercolor and they or may not add another layer of
watercolor on top it really depends what I’m trying to achieve is something I
also like to do is I like to just kind of cover the highlighted areas with the
white luminance pens pencil this works really fantastic especially if you want
to get a nice crisp clean white area or highlighted area definitely try out the
luminance pencils you know you either use the white polychromos but I find
that the luminance stands out a lot more and it has a lot more pigment compared
to the white polychromos pencil and exactly like the first bubble that we
did with the polychromos you basically rinse and repeat your technique you
apply layer upon layer you can work with the luminance the polychromos the
watercolor and you can just keep building up that pigment so to basically
summarize this are the materials that I use for the different types of skin
tones that I want to achieve so we’ve got the polychromos you’ve got the Copic
markers then we’ve got the mixed-media watercolor with the luminance pencils
and the polychromos together now the sort of style that I typically always
use is the mixed-media one and this is what I pretty much almost always use in
my paintings marker style is more so what I want to do kind of like a
cartoony aspect or just to have fun and doodle in my sketchbook I typically go
for deep marker and you can see it looks very different compared to these two
because I don’t have the same color tones as I use
for the polychromos in the mixed media so it will look a little bit more of a
yellow tinge to the actual color but I think they worked really great if you’re
looking for kind of like a mega style or just like a cartoon style because with
markers definitely work for that and then the polychromos just regular
polychromos I rarely use this but I just want to show you kind of like the light
toads the sort of colors that I use to mix up with the light tones without any
other element now again with the extreme here with extreme darkness I did more of
an extreme example for the purpose of this big external typically I don’t go
as dark as this I will stick to a cinnamon just a lightly kind of toasted
sort of it I guess you can say rather than full-on walnuts
Brown so I hope you really enjoyed this at the tutorial video i will be posting all
of the colors and the materials down below in the video description for each
of these three different bubbles here please give this a big thumbs up and I
will also release the other videos for the dark tone and for the medium tone
which will be released on a weekly basis so hopefully you guys will like this let
me know in the comments below if you like these tutorials I’ve actually wanted to
do a lot more tutorials now so yeah we’re going to give this a go so
do give this a big thumbs up thank you guys so much for watching and I’ll see
you guys next time bye

20 thoughts on “3-in-1 LIGHT SKIN DRAWING TUTORIAL – How to Color Skin for Beginners

  1. This'll really help in my future art! Also guess what? You know how I said I was going to be streaming and I never did because everything went horribly wrong… well… I'm about to stream!

  2. Yes!!!😠 I'm sooo ecidted and sooo happy😁 This video is very helpful. When I watch videos from other Youtubers they always use al lot of colours to colour in the skin. I mean for beginners it can be very expensive, because copics and polychromos (sorry if I spelled the name wrong, but you know what I mean☺) are not very cheap and beginners don't want to spend lots of money on good materials. They can also use cheap materials, but they won't turn out as good as the expensive ones🤔. Thanks Bunny for this video series (and that you showed us how to colour skin tones with only 3 markers, that's impressive)😘 I really appreciate and enjoy your videos😁

  3. Amazing video, finally a video that is helpful when it comes to drawing skin with polychromos! (I rarely see any with the polychromos) <3

  4. Thank you for another great video . I want to practice but I only have a set of 72 Prismacolor Pencils. I can’t seem to find 4 color to match with your pencils?

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