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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Tutorial for colouring skin with Prismacolor pencils

I thought I'd share with you a tutorial I did for All That Scraps on how I colour skin tones on kraft cardstock using Prismacolor pencils.  I love this technique as it gives a more softer, whimsical feel than alcohol pens on kraft.  Without further ado, on with the tute!

Here I have used Sweet Ima Butterfly.  First off, I use Cream as the base.  I start off using light strokes with the pencil so that the kraft doesn't become "waxy" too soon as this will make it harder to blend the colours together later on...



I then use Sand around the face, arms and legs, avoiding the areas where the light sources hits the image the most.  You can see that I'm not particularly careful colouring closest to the edges at this point...



I then use Peach around the edges keeping to the areas that would be shaded.  You can't see much of the Sand at this point but you can see how it gives a lovely 'glow' under the Peach...




I now begin blending the colours together.  I don't use mineral spirits (like Sansodor) when blending on kraft and instead use a lighter colour.  So, here I have used Light Peach with light circular motions to blend the lines between the Sand and Peach.  You can see that I've left a lot of the first colour Cream unblended but don't worry it will become less stark in the very last blending session...



I now use Burnt Ochre to create the shadows in the very darkest shaded areas...



I go back to Peach and use that to blend in the Burnt Ochre around the edges...



Lastly, I use Light Peach all over the face in light circular motions to blend all the colours together.  Here is a picture of the finished coloured version...



And that's a wrap!  I hope that tutorial was useful.  I will be back again tomorrow to show you how I coloured in her hair which requires a different technique.  See you soon and thanks for your patience!

I am entering this into the Color Me Creative for anything goes.


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36 comments:

  1. Awesome tutorial! I've always wondered about those pencils.

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  2. Great tutorial and appreciate all the tips. I use prismcolor water color pencils but may invest in your colors in the regular pencils for such an occasion.

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  3. thank you so much for the tutorial I have been wanting to colour on Kraft but have been very nervous, now I will give this a whirl..love the coloured image and thks for taking the time to share..

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  4. Oh gorgeous and great tutorial Mary J!
    XXX Heidy

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  5. Awesome tutorial! I love colouring on kraft but tend to avoid colouring people because I struggle with skin tones. Now that I've read this I'm going to have to give it another go. Thanks!

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  6. Beautiful, thanks for sharing,

    Colette x.

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  7. Great tutorial and thanks for listing the colors!

    Shelby

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  8. Thank you Mary for the great tut.
    I will have a try.
    Kathleen x

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  9. Great tutorial, I've never coloured with those prisma colored pencils yet, too spoiled with the copics sketch markers... LOL!

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  10. OMGOSH!!!! Stinking awesome tutorial. However, I just can't seem to blend and color and it not look like a blobbed up, hard edged mess!

    P.S. You'll wanna hop over to ME4Y sometime today ;0) http://especiallymade.blogspot.com

    Be blessed, Beckie

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  11. Fab tutorial Mary J! I've been meaning to get myself some Prismacolors sometime... they look like fun!

    Arabella

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  12. Fab tutorial Mary J! I've been meaning to get myself some Prismacolors sometime... they look like fun!

    Arabella

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  13. Fab tutorial Mary J! I've been meaning to get myself some Prismacolors sometime... they look like fun!

    Arabella

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  14. Great tutorial honey, thank you! P x

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  15. Thank you, MaryJ, this is just what I needed! I've found it really difficult to get the skin tones right on Kraft so I've been using my Copics - will try this technique as soon as I get the chance! Hugs, Tracey x

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  16. Great tutorial Mary, I've just started using my prisma's a bit to add some dimension.
    Thank you
    Laurie xx

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  17. Brilliant tutorial Mary.. Which I will try in the near future..
    Hugs
    Christine x

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  18. Great tutorial Mary, thank you...will try different colours with my pencils on skin.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  19. I saw this on the ATS site! Your tutorial totally rocks, girlfriend! You have inspired me to break open my new unused set of pencils, lol!

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  20. oh hun this is one brilliant tutorial so clear too and one really stunning,coloured image hugs Cherylx

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  21. wow! absolutely amazing coloring, girl! thanks for the tutorial! do you use those colors for white cardstock, too?

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  22. Great tutorial Mary I will have a go at this

    Anne

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  23. Wow....had no idea such a fantastic result could be achieved...might have to treat meself...haaa!

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  24. Gorgeous, gorgeous! Your colouring just knocks me out! Lovely Mary. Kimx

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  25. gorgeous!! now i need to go buy some prismas! hahaha! brilliant job Mary!
    TFS! ;)

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  26. Awesome tutorial! Your coloring is fabulous. I know I will be referring back to this in the future.

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  27. Thanks for sharing these stunning tutorials.
    Hugs
    Desire

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  28. What count size of prismacolors do you use.I got the primary colors but i need alot more than that.love your coloring.

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  29. So freaking adorable! You've got tons of talent! Thanks for sharing the great visual tips.

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  30. wonderful tutorial:-)thank you for joining us at Color Me creative
    Hugs
    Michele

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  31. Fantastic tutorial! Thanks so much!
    Big Hugs!

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  34. Just love what you did!!!!
    Will definately try it out with my Prismacolor pencils today!!!! I have recently started blogging myself and it looks daunting but I am fighting it!!!!!!!
    Thank you for the amazing tutorial!!!

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Hello! Thank you for taking the time for any comments, advice or thoughts you may wish to leave for me - I really appreciate you taking the time!

Mary J x

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