darklordnivlek said: Hey my names kelvin and I was wondering what do you use for your skin tones. Cause I have been looking into getting skintone color pencils and I wanted to see what other great artist recommend.
Hello there! For pencils I use the Derwent brand (usually the Studio set which have harder pigments for details but I sometimes the Artists set which have softer pigment). It’s not really about the brand though, it’s about picking the right colours and knowing how to use them.
I start by making a gradient with one colour (the mid-skin tone, if you will), and overlap that gradient with other colours to blend. I’m not the most proficient with skin tones but I have tackled some relatively realistic pencil pieces in the past with both pencils and a skin-tone set of pastel pencils. Skin tones vary, and it’s important to remember that skin is NOT one colour. There’s a lot of biology going on underneath the flesh, and this changes with anatomy and lighting.
For example, the shadows on skin aren’t just a darker tanned/brown colour. Use a darker colour of the skin tone to lay down some basic shadows, but when getting it realistic, purples, reds, blues and even hints of greens embody shadows really well. The same goes with highlights; a lighter colour of the skin tone to get that gradient down, but yellows, creams, whites, even light pinks, blues and purples make for good highlights. In some of my pieces, I like to use white and black pen for shadows and highlights and to break away from realism and stylise the drawing a bit more. When doing realistic pieces however, it is important to never use just straight whites or blacks to shade (and if you do, use them sparingly or mix them with other colours).
As said before, you can actually buy specific skin-tone sets of coloured pencils and pastels, but these are usually just a range of shades in the tans, beiges and browns, with a peach, yellow or pink colour thrown in and black and white to finish it off. Don’t rely on that set. Remember to pair it with the other colours I’ve mentioned to get a natural look. I’d post my skin tones but I’m about to head off to bed so I’ll do that tomorrow (I might make a basic tutorial if anyone is interested!).
Here’s a basic tutorial on pencil colours to use for skin tones and how to blend them. There’s plenty more out there if you search. Hope that helps, and if you need me to specify anything let me know :)
Problem 1: Trying to erase a mistake by pushing ‘Ctrl + Z’ in one’s mind.
Solution: Grab a real life eraser and use accordingly.
Problem 2: Trying to use the eye dropper tool to select a colour.
Solution: Physically pick up the coloured pencil/paint you want and blend.
Problem 3: Trying to save progress before getting up to grab a cup of tea.
Solution: Just leave it; there’s no risk of it crashing.
Problem 4: Trying to rotate the image using Photoshop commands.
Solution: Just use your hands.