Copic Skin Shadow Colors

Welcome to the last How to for our month! I decided to do a Copic tutorial that while I was making it decided I should go back to do a video BUT with kiddos home today that’s going to have to wait for a little quiet lol. So for today’s tut I used the 2 most common skin color combos I see around and have 3 examples of how you can add deeper shadows. 

Here are the colors I’m using today

For the first set I started off with the color combo E000, E00, E01 and did basic shading with my light source coming from the upper right. I’m using Gifty Gwen for my example today. Click on the pictures to be able to see them bigger.

Next I went in and added, just to the places where the deepest shadows would be (shadow of her skirt, under her chin, the right of her face, hairline), with BV20 then went back over it with E00 to blend it in. Going back over it also gives the purple more of a look that its under the skin rather than your shadow floating on top.

My fav skin shadow colors have that purple tint to them. If you take a look at your own arm (and this is different for different skin tones, here I’m talking caucasian) and really take a look at the shadows on your own skin you’ll notice they aren’t just a grey tone. Grey but the undertone of violet.  You can go even deeper by adding BV23 next.

For a more subtle example try the same color combo but used BV000

This one also gives the same shading but a little different look. You can add BV00 to take it a bit darker too.  Take a look at the little comparison.

After that is when I would be adding my cheek color of R000 and R00. For my next example I’m going to another popular skin combo of E00, E01 and E11.

To add the deepest shadows I used W2.

The warm greys are great for shading too! Get even deeper shadows by using w3 next. Going that next step and thinking about your shadows will give your coloring job more depth and look less flat. Experiment with different colors to get different looks.

I hope you liked this and see you back here tomorrow for the announcement of all the winners!

  • Sheila says:

    Thanks for such great info! I’m going to go practice!

  • jessica says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I just added some colors to my wish list 🙂

  • Damaris Velazquez says:

    I love this blog post… thank you so much for sharing the details and not just the copic markers. THANK YOU!!!! Seriously!!! hehe.

    x0, Damaris

  • Maria Therese says:

    Thank you for the tutorial ♥

  • Uta says:

    Thanks for this super tutorial.

    Hugs, Uta

  • Pat R says:

    I never would have thought of using violet in skin! Thanks for the tutorial, it was great as always! I hope you’ve enjoyed your birthday month as much as I have!

  • JLJ Designs says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial!


  • Robin McK says:

    It’s SO effective!!! Amazing job!

  • Wendi R says:

    wow you make it look sooo easy!!!!! love it!!!

  • Annette says:

    Thank you for the great tutorial, never thought to add BV, must try this, take careX:)

  • Penni says:

    Fabulous TFS


  • Mary M says:

    Wonderful tutorial. I have a hard time with skintones. This will make it easier.

  • Corinne says:

    Thank you, thank you!! What a wonderful tutorial!! Such great tips for coloring/ shading/ adding depth. I love it!

  • Cheryl says:

    This is a very helpful tutorial and most appreciated. Thank you!

  • janine says:

    im going to watch more of your tutorials
    my boyfriend told me he find my coloring not that good…because i have a lott of copics he thinks i can do better
    maybe he is right..but it hurts

    • Kristy says:

      girl, I’ve seen your stuff (went to your blog specifically after reading this comment) and your stuff is NOT bad, its really great! We can all do better and improve (myself included!) but dang, that would hurt. HUGS!!!! Don’t let him get you down and just have fun!

  • janine says:

    thanks Kristy,
    my girlfriend also told me that i become better each time..and we are always telling the truth and help each other. And we all have a day with bad coloring
    I think my boyfriend didnt mean that bad…
    thanks for the HUGS..

  • janine says:

    heee kristy
    i told my boyfriend that i didnt like the way he talked to me about the coloring. He said sorry..but it was a little funny joke he said.
    pppff men, gggrrr isnt funny to make jokes about the copics.
    but i have some new copics in my box,hihihihi

    • Kristy says:

      Now THAT is the way you get back at him LMAO! 🙂 Men don’t get it that they don’t have subtle down like us women lol Your girlfriend totally knows what’s up XD

  • Alicia Borowski says:

    Hi Kristy,
    Thank you for such a great article! I’m relatively new to Copics & have noticed a lot of people using BV for shading, but never really understood how to apply it. Thank you for putting it in such simple way that is easy to understand & with example. I look forward to applying it to my own work now.
    Kind regards,

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