Hiya Everyone, Back Again, This time with a short tute on colouring Ethnic Skin, I am not certified, or have any qualifications in my colouring, This is purely How I do it, and everyone has a different way.
There are so many Colours to choose from, I find these colours I use today the main ones I go back too each time, I havent had any complaints lol, and I quite like the richness to the browns I use.
For me colouring up Ethnic Images is no different to colouring up any other skin image, I approach them all in the same way with my shadows first and blending that into the skin with my lighter colour.
The only thing I would say when colouring Ethnic skin is not to use pinks for the cheeks, only because I cannot get it to look right and I think its not very realistic with the pink cheeks against the brown pen tones, but again that is JUST MY OPINION.
I get the colours out I want to use
In this case, E95,E33,E35,E37,C-5,C-7
I start by Colouring in my shadows and cheeks using E37
I then add in my next shade which is E35, I go over all the areas I have already coloured
I then go over the whole lot with my lightest shade E33, Sometimes I add a little more shadow after this step, but in this case I didnt
I then use a little pink on the lips E95, I find E93 works just as well too
When I colour up Ethnic Hair, I always colour it with little dots, as opposed to strokes or small circles, I kinda just dab the ink on to the hair, the first colour I use is C-5
I then go in and use the same dabbing motion and apply my darker shade C-7
I go back in with C-5 in the dabbing motion and repeat step 6&7 till I am happy
I repeat the same process with the skin on the rest of any flesh showing, again starting with my shadow colour
Adding in my mid tone E35
Then I add E33, but I forgot the pic
And repeat again on the legs
Thats her Skin and Hair Finished
I coloured her up to match me papers, and now she is ready to be used. I find because I dont have that many different shades of copics, I tend to stick to fewer colours to build my colours up. I find the E33, E35, E37 and even E31 and E43 combos my fave all time copic colours, I use these colours for my lighter mixed race skin tones, and I use them also for many of the animals I colour up, And for hair, I use them alllllll the time for hair lol.
I hope this is useful to some of you, I know its taken me a while to get up to a shade I really like
Thanks for Stopping By
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