Hello! Colleen here with another Copic Coloring Tutorial. This time I decided to tackle one of the things that I personally find most difficult to color… pastel!
Normally I’m a contrast girl… I like my lights light and my darks dark… but sometimes, I want to color up something a soft or pastel color. That’s a struggle for me, so today I decided to take you through my whole coloring process, from start to finish… as I try to keep Desiree soft and light.
Step1 – I like to begin coloring skin by placing some shading with BV20. I do this “under shading” both to help place the darkest shading and also to create a blue-violet undertone for the skin.
Step 2 - Base the skin with E00 and E51. (Here only E00 is shone. Adding the E51 helps tone down the peachy look and ages the skin a bit.
Step 3 – Begin building the skin tone by adding shades of E42/E43/E04 and E35. I do not blend between each layer; I layer all of my color on first and then go back and blend.
Step 4 - Blend skin tones together.
Step 5 - Accent the skin tone with cast shadows of BV23 and BV34.
Step 6 - Here is where I start having trouble! LOL I want to make her boots and her shirt a soft suede – sort of tan in color. I typically use 3-5 shades of each color and really get lots of contrast. The problem with that is that I tend to darken my color so much, I end up with a medium to dark brown instead of tan. Here I used E30/E81/E31 and E13. I was able to use a number of tones to help get the shading, but I kept them all under a “3″ shade to keep it light. I like it, but I still think I prefer darker shading.
Step 7 - Same idea for coloring the skirt. Normally I end up with really dark “jean” material, but I made sure I didn’t get too dark for this. I wanted a softer, more pastel look. I used B91 and B93. I didn’t think I had enough contrast, so instead of going darker like I normally would, I pulled out my Colorless Blender and tried to lighten up the highlights.
Step 8 - Next I move onto the hair. I’ve not colored dreadlocks before – so this was a “trial and error” process for me. I really just broke it down into many narrow cylinders and colored them each separately. I based them all with E70 and then added some shading with E74.
Step 9 - Added darker shading with E77. I tried to “scribble” the edges a bit to show texture.
Step 10 - I wanted brown dreadlocks, and I didn’t want them to get too dark (keeping with my theme) so I stopped there and then added a touch of scribbly texture to the edges and to the layers in back to help add definition. I used a Chocolate Brown Zig pen and a Black Multiliner.
Step 11 - Color up the beads to match the bangles! G21/G46 and B91/B93.
Step 12 - Finish up the image with dots and spots of Opaque White to help give contrast with bright highlights.
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial. I know that this “coloring light” is going to be a challenge for me and I will continue to push myself to perfect it!
Happy Coloring – Colleen
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