Alyce’s Skin and Hair Coloring Tutorial Part 1

Hi everyone! It’s Alyceย here and first of all I want to wish Kristy the hugest Happy Birthday!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Kristy I am so honoured to be on your team…you are one talented chicka and so inspirational. I am also so excited to be joining in with Kristy’s birthday month celebrations and to share in the fun! Today and tomorrow I am showing a tutorial on how I use my copics to colour Skin and Hair – Some Odd Girl style ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Skin and hair are the fundamentals to colouring your copic images. When I first started colouring using copics I always practiced on Some Odd Girl images; the level of detailing in the skin and hair is perfect for practicing and fine tuning your technique. This post is pretty picture laden so for those of you who already have skin and hair down pat I just want to quickly show you with my finished birthday card for Kristy ๐Ÿ™‚

I have used the super cute Alice Mae digi stamp, and for my light source I have just used a basic top right meaning that the right side of her face and hair will be the lightest as this is where the light is hitting. Remember there is no right or wrong…there are a lot of different ways to colour with your copics and this is just the way that I like best ๐Ÿ™‚

Skin Colours used: E000, E00, E21, E11, R11 (blush)

Step 1: Starting with my lightest colour (E000) I go over all of the skin areas making sure to saturate the paper. I don’t worry too much about if it is neat or not at this stage, just so long as you are working quickly and applying the colour down.

Step 2: I go in with my next colour (E00) and start to add the shadowing. I know a lot of people can go from dark to light, but I prefer to go light to dark as if you make a mistake it is easy to go back over the top and fix it. With Some Odd Girl images I also like to make a little bridge for the nose and I do it in this step ๐Ÿ™‚

Step 3: I then go over the top of the shadowing with my next darkest marker (E21), strengthening the colour.

Step 4: I use my darkest colour (E11) to really define the shadowing. I make sure to use this sparingly as too much can really overwhelm the image. Notice how the sides of her face are the darkest and there is a shadow under the fringe line. This is because, with the light being at the top right, the hair will create a shadow on the face. This works the same for her nose…the left hand side of her face will be the darkest as it is shadowed by the nose.

Step 5: I am going to skip a few steps here to save you some photos ๐Ÿ˜‰ I work my way backdown going over the top of the e11 with the e21, then over the top of the e21 with the e00 again really defining the shadows. I wanted to show this photo as it can look a little funny at this point like you have done it wrong but never fear it will all come together with the next step!

Step 6: I now go over the entire image with my E000. I start in the darkest bits, e.g. the side of her cheeks, and flick towards the lightest parts of the image. This helps to pull the colour out to the middle, blending it as you go. To finish it all off, I go in with my R11 and add some blush to the cheeks. I like to pull my E000 over the top of the blush afterwards to smooth it out. I also went over the darkest parts of her face again with the E00 just to really add that final touch of depth. And that’s her skin all done! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stop back tomorrow and see how I finish up the image with how I color HAIR!


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