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7 Videos (27m)
    • Introduction

      0:43
    • Materials

      1:31
    • Making Creative Color Choices

      2:09
    • Color Combinations for Realistic Skin Tones

      0:59
    • Gradient Practice: Mixing and Blending Colors

      6:08
    • Sphere Activity

      4:09
    • Final Demo

      11:46
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In my experience, one of the most difficult things to color in any medium is skin tone, whether it's light or dark skin. And for many, watercolor is already a difficult medium to control. In this class, I’ll show you the different color combinations and techniques I use, as well as take you through my methods for mixing, blending, and layering colors, shading and highlighting, and controlling the flow of color.

Everyone is welcome, of course, but if you don't feel confident in your portrait drawing skills, I recommend taking my previous Skillshare classes on illustrating faces, as this is not a portrait drawing class and focuses solely on painting skin tones. 

My hope is that by the end of this lesson, you’ll gain the understanding you'll need to come up with your own color combinations for skin tones, and overall, feel more confident in your ability to create realistically colored portraits.

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Very good demonstration on how to blend watercolors. I enjoyed this very much and can recommend it.
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can't wait to use all I've learned from this class and put it into my illustration

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Hi! My name's Melissa Lee, and I'm a designer living in the forests of Northern California. I'm currently in the process of becoming a full-time freelancer and art licenser, but in the meantime, I'm cultivating my love of sharing what I know, and encouraging others to nourish their creative side. I love patterns and character art and watercolor paintings! And also bees. I'm endlessly inspired by animals and nature (whether living today or extinct), science fiction and fantasy, sp...

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