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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

About This Class

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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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Perfect course for beginners. I loved it. Thank you!
Will definitely be watching this a few times and trying out her methods.
I would recommend this to someone who is not a total beginner like I am. The explanations were too quick for me to understand and I felt there was too much talking about the watercolor technique and too little about the actual colors. I wish the color charts were made on camera, maybe wits some time lapse to shorten it. I'll personally go ahead and try to recreate those to get a feel for the colors needed for skin tones.
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Hi! My name's Melissa (Missa) Lee Shaw, and I'm an illustrator and watercolor painter from Northern California. I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, and it's all I've ever really wanted to do. I started teaching myself how to draw digitally in 2010 when I got my first tablet, and since then I've had a growing fascination with the digital art world. It's pretty rad. I graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a BA in Studio Art and a focus in the Electro...

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