Bringing Skin to Life with Colored-Pencils | Sharon Mapuvire | Skillshare

Bringing Skin to Life with Colored-Pencils

Sharon Mapuvire, Anything Is Possible

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6 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Layering

    • 3. Blending

    • 4. Finishing Skin

    • 5. Freckles

    • 6. Outro


About This Class


Learn how to draw beautiful portraits using nothing else but pencil colours. This class is the first of a 3 part video series that will be demonstrating how to use pencil colours to draw portraits. For this class the focus is on the skin and how to draw realistic, smooth skin.

What You Will Learn :

* How to draw skin using the technique of layering

* How to blend different pencil colours to create a smooth skin effect

* How to draw freckles

What You Will Need : 

* Standard pack of Pencil Colours

* Pencil

* Eraser

Link of Reference Image


1. Intro: Hello. My name is Sharon. And in this class, I'm gonna teach you how to draw with pencil colors. This class is the first of a three part failure, Siri's whereby I'm gonna be teaching you how to draw these beautiful portrait using nothing but colored pencils. I'm gonna teach you the techniques of layering, blending, shading in to define and create beautiful skin that is realistic and smooth. Well, you need a your pencil colors and let's get started. 2. Layering: So I've roughly drawn my face and the colors I'm gonna be using are a dark brown, a Redd's toned brown, a peach and a whites. So I'm gonna start by lining the side of my face with a Doc Brown. I will start off with the left side of mental lying around the right side so the whole face will be lined and I like to lying things before I color in so that I know where exactly in placing certain things and the anonymous start to place the shadow. So I'm drawing from a reference image, and if you want to draw the same the same image that I am drawing, just look below and he's a link. So I look at the face and I see where the shadows are. I'm starting to draw the left side. So on the left side there is a shadow Write down all the way down on the side of the face. So I'm starting by using the Doc Brown to Shane, where the shadow is. And for this class I'm just gonna demonstrate how to draw skin by drawing the forehead. The left side of the foot off the forehead but I just want toe allocate some shadow around here for later on. Okay? So as you can see, I had to place my shadow, and I'm gonna come up straight over with a peach. So with the duct brown, I drew in these strokes that were coming from the left side towards the center, and they're pretty sharp. But for the peach, I want a shade in using a circular motion that blends with the Doc Brown, it helps to blend the two colors together, go over with the light brown, and then I go back with my peach circular motions. And then I'm gonna use the slights Brown. This is from the favorite castle pack and a color right on top. And then I am going to go in with my Doc Brown. And what I'm basically doing is I'm trying to recreate the skin tone color that I'm seeing a my reference image. So that's what she do. Just keep referring to reference image and could take you just a few big tries of experimenting. What tone I get if I use a dark brown, the red brown, or if they use a red, brown light brown is just trying to match and a colored across here with a nude, and I'm gonna go over with the red brown. So when you look at the skin, if it looks really Rosie, that's where you bring in your peach. And if it has a good read tone to it written undertone. That's where you bring in your red brown and you blend everything with the white. The white is a very essential. You have to blend everything so that it looks smoother, and it looks even more realistic than go back over with my nude to bring everything in together. That's pretty much how we layered with skin, so let's continue with the rest of the face. 3. Blending: I'm gonna teach you how to blend. And below this white I had colored in with, um, a nude color and then on top, go over a twit. A white white blends it and makes it smoother. We're basically creating a foundation for our cheek when you are coloring in on those, um, parts of the face where it's more rosy and softer, start with the nude and then go over with the white and then go back with the nude, as opposed to how he started with the forehead. We started with the Doc Brown because it's harder, then a cheek cheek is soft. And when I showed that softness and now I'm going to start to finding the cheek and I'm starting by placing my shadows from the side of the face. I'm gonna go all the way around and below, and I'm doing it lightly. Don't do it hard. This is a face we wanna blend so you can't have deception. It's light and dark, and then light blends everything the lens. So I just shade and below the cheek to create that impression off a cheek, really softly and as you can see, right below the I I've left that one colored because that's where the light is hitting like rights where your cheekbone starts, wherever on your face. The light is hitting. It's always best to just leave that unshaded because then it gives the impression off light . That's what I'm doing, or you can just color it in lightly. But always wherever the light hits on the face, leave that either white or colored in really likely. So I'm just gonna go back with my nude and using a little bit of this reddish brown because on the side it's a bit Redd's. I'm following my reference image, so I'm trying to match the color. The flesh color off my reference image. So you're trying to the same, too. And then I'm just defining the cheekbone. Going below, you can see how the cheap one is starting to come through, and it's all a process off blending, and it doesn't really matter how frequently you blend with the whites. You can do it as much as you want, but just as long as you do it. The blending really helps create that skin, and they go back in with the nudes and you want to keep the doc brown pencil color underneath the new you don't want to be. You don't want a color on top with dark brown because it makes the shadows too harsh. So if you use a Doug Brown on the cheek, make sure you go back and color and top with the white like I'm doing over here. Also, because again, it's about blending and keep referring to your image. Try to get the same color as your image for my image. She has bit tend. That's why my pictures more brown than PCI old bites. 4. Finishing Skin: Now we're gonna move on to our chin and for the chin. I'm going to color in around on the sides and around the chip again. I'm going to repeat wherever the light falls on the face, leave it on colored color. It really likely do not color with the nude and then go over with the Weitz to give to make it seem like these lights hitting that part because it will not have the same effect. So it's just best to just leave it on colored. So I went on the size and around the chin with the nude, and now I'm blending that with the whites all the way around so you can see the center of the chin. I've left that completely and colored. So you just blend it a way round, and now I'm gonna place my shadows. And if you look on the face on your face on a pension of face, the shadows on the face have a movement to them. And it's always very clear like this. Shadows moving from left to right. The shadow is curved, so follow the movement of the shadow. So on the side of the chin, I've drawn with my dark brown, this curved lines. So the shadows moving from the bottom going towards the lips. Do you see that is always a movement in a direction with the shadows on your face? Followed that and try to match that so it will be docked at the bottom. And then it goes. Flights are depending on which direction it's moving in. It's always DACA wet starts, and the lights are as moves where it's moving on a blend from the bottom. It's that this dark shadow so the bottoms got stuck shadow. That's splendid like this. And you just keep trying to match the intensity off shadows on your face. Oh, on your reference image, so to speak. And always keep lending if you don't lend as opposed to blending. Trust me the difference. It's so clear 5. Freckles: to draw freckles. I am going to start with this red toned brown from the Faber Castell pack. And I am just going to draw these tiny spots all across the cheek, and you could just draw them in a circular motion. And you do it really likely quickly in a random pattern. And I'm gonna go over that with a lighter brown right where I place all my dots with the red tone. Brian, I'm gonna color right on top with the slight brown to give the Frankel's more. Take sure, and to make them stand out a bit more. I just want to fix a few here and add more. Do you really lightly? Do not press too hard. And then now I am going to blend the Frankel's with the skin, using the skin tone color said color right on top of all the freckles so that the freckles blend in with the skin below with color right on top. Everywhere you are drawing freckles, you go over those areas with the nude pencil color sees you can see how it looks on the skin, and then I'm gonna go back with my dark brown so that I have variations with some freckles . Send out more than others, sees a duck round in certain areas, not pull over. They're blend with my nude instead of blending with the white. Here we blend with the noon pencil color and I'm going to do on the right side gonna add Frankel's with the Doc Brown. So you see, I do really softly, and then I go over that with the reds toned brown. So the key is to make them look like they're part of the skin. But at the same time, they still stand out, and I blend with my nudes right over. You see him coloring in these circular motion when you're blending color used in a circular motion, and then when you're drawing strokes, you just draw diagonal motion. Go back with my dark brown. We're gonna add some more freckles and I blend. He had sort of blend with Weitz, blend all across and add more nude. So this is pretty much how you do freckles. Really simple. And then I just want to add a bit more rosy nous on the cheek on the thing with adding grossness. I am used a red tone brown to add grossness because coach cheeks are flushed. If they were flushed, I would use pink 6. Outro: Okay, so now I'm gonna finish off the hair. The complete picture looks like this. Thank you for taking part in this class. If you have any questions, please feel free to just drop them below. If you have questions about the colors that I used if you want, Like, the specific codes or names of the colors that I used, Just ask. No, let you know. Thank you so much for taking part in the class. Take care.