How to colour skin with Promarkers seems to be one of the most requested tutorials, so here I break down the process I used to colour Andy Murray’s face with realistic skin tones. Read on to find out more…
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Then, I choose 5 colours to draw the skin with, ranging from light (Satin) to dark (Cinnamon)
I work from lightest to darkest, building up my colours and tones like a watercolour painting, so my first colour is Satin. I use this everywhere I’m going to put colour and leave any strong areas of highlight as the white of the page.
The light source is coming from his left so I know I’m going to get highlights on his left side and strong shadows on his right side.
2. DUSKY PINK
Such a great colour for doing skin with as it’s just a bit darker than the other light skin colours in the Promarker series so it’s a logical next step as my shadows get darker. I apply the Dusky Pink over the Satin, working quickly so the colours stay wet and are better for blending together. I do not cover over all the Satin, as I make sure some of that light colour shows through on the edges. If I keep doing this with all my colours, I should achieve depth and give the face a 3D look… hopefully
3. BLENDING… More Satin!
Because I want the skin tones to blend really well, I use Satin to blend in the edge of Satin/Dusky Pink before I go onto my 3rd colour. I might have been able to wait until I put my third colour on but I figure I may as well blend now while they are still wet.
So basically I just carefully go over the edge where the 2 colours blend to make the change from one colour to the next more gradual. I will do this A LOT as I work through my 5 colours…!
Because Andy Murray is a human and not a Manga character, his skin has a range of colour and tone, including some darker areas of shadow. Here I used Coral which is a skin colour on the red/brown end of the spectrum to push the shadow on his face a little darker.
Again, I try hard not to cover all the Satin and Dusky Pink colours underneath, just to try and blend the edges for that gradual change from one to the next. I work back through Dusky Pink and Satin along the dark edges to try and do this blending and soften those edges.
6. ICE GREY 3
There is a lot of ‘blue reflected light’ in the picture so I wanted to introduce a cold colour into the skin at some point. I decided that I would use one of the Ice Greys to do this, as they are the greys with a blue tinge (the Warm Greys have a brown tinge instead). I use the Ice Grey sparingly, just loosely over some of the Cinnamon areas to add that slightly cooler colour to the shadows.
And that’s just about it for the process! I just repeat this process on all the areas of the face until the whole face is coloured. I don’t try to colour the face all in one go as it’s too difficult to blend the whole thing in one go. This way of working around the face in a clockwise fashion and working in chunks just makes it easier for me.
This is what he looked like when the colours had dried. The skin colours are probably a bit lighter than I wanted but because I left white paper highlights that are strong I think it just about works
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