HOW TO COLOUR TANNED SKIN
In this step-by-step fashion drawing tutorial, I am going to show you how to colour tanned skin with markers. Using the principles explained, you can use other tools as well, such as watercolors or coloured pencils.
There are many skin coloring techniques even among artists that use very same markers. Some illustrators prefer a minimum amount of touches and less layering. Some do a lot of blending and layering in order to achieve a realistic look. I am somewhere in between.
TANNED SKIN RENDERING TUTORIAL
- Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 0.1 for the outline http://amzn.to/2hyWCe5
- Winsor & Newton* (W&N) Tan Promarker http://amzn.to/2hIhVfQ
- W&N Satin Promarker http://amzn.to/2hz3pnF
- Prismacolor Premier colored pencils: brown http://amzn.to/2ho0yA8
- W&N bleed-proof marker pad http://amzn.to/2gNHb2P
*If you use markers of a different brand, check out this Promarker color chart to match the colors.
How does a professional marker work?
The best thing about professional markers is that they give smooth solid color, they let you get a huge range of different tones by layering, they are clean and easy-to-use.
Once you make the first layer, you get the lightest tone that you can achieve with that single marker. When, after it dries, you color on the top of that layer, you get a darker tone of the same hue. With the third layer you get even darker tone, and so on.
STEP 1 – WARM UP
In order to show tanned skin, we will work with base color – “Satin” Promarker, which is medium skin tone. As a darker tone for shading, we will use “Tan” Promarker. At this point, we should practice making a smooth transition from one tone to another one.
- Draw a rectangle. It doesn’t have to be perfect 😀
- Color it with base skin tone (“Satin” in my case).
- Color one side with darker marker of the same hue (“Tan” in the example)
- From the right to the left increase number of “Satin” layers, so its tone gets closer to the dark “Tan”
♥ 1L, 2L…7L stand for “1 Layer”, “2 Layers”…”7 Layers”.
Repeat the same exercise with a circle. The center should be the lightest, and the “Satin” should get darker and darker as it approaches “Tan”.
STEP 2 – SKETCH PREPARATION
In Step 3 we will follow an FSketcher video-tutorial, where I am giving step-by-step instructions on how to render a model with tanned skin. In order to follow the tutorial effectively, you will need to have a sketch of a model wearing underwear or swimsuit. You can also download a free printable fashion drawing template by clicking the image below.
STEP 3 – SKETCH RENDERING
By now you should have your sketch prepared for the tutorial. Follow the video below for step-by-step instructions.
STEP 4 – SUBMIT YOUR WORK
Now you know how to render tanned skin. It’s time to showcase your new skills in a beautiful illustration. Attach your work along with exercises complete in the comment section below. You can get a dose of healthy feedback and make your works even better. Get the most out of FSketcher’s online fashion drawing tutorials 😉