Gimme Some Skin!
Hi readers! We’re happy to be back with our monthly feature from the fabulous Sandy Allnock! Today she’s showing some great tips & tricks for coloring skin tones and even has a PDF for you!
Hello again, coloristas! I’m so excited about today…I’ve been wanting to put together some resources for my own use for skintones, and this project was just the impetus I needed to get going!
Colors for skintones are one of the biggest questions people ask – and I have to say, practically ANY combination you come up with will look like *some*one. Now, it may not look like the someone you’re trying to color it to look like, but there are SO many varieties of color out in this beautiful rainbow world! Just google for “face photos” and you’ll see a rainbow – add “ethnic face photos” and it’ll open your mind to greenish-brown skin, purplish-brown skin, and all kinds of colors!
I have a few things to share – first a video!
I had such fun coloring the Prima doll named Betty, and she’s so cute, even without a face! These are oversized doll stamps, if you’ve never seen one in person – this card had to be taller than a usual A2 card to accommodate her, but since she’ll be delivered personally, I didn’t have to stick to an envelope size! I also used BoBunny papers, Prima flowers, of course, and a sentiment set with a great combo of words! What did you think about that cool dress? If you color all the shading first, then put the dots on with the white pen, it still looks dimensional!
I had chosen this stamp for my skintone worksheets….I wanted something that was face-y (is that a word??) but without all the features to color “around” – I wanted to simply test out a ton of color combos without having to deal with cheeks, eyes, noses. I could have just done ovals, but the happy little head was much more fun to work with! I simply printed out a worksheet (download your own blank one HERE and stamp your own images), then as I colored, I noted swatches of color and their numbers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this stuff without writing down colors, so I’ve been working on doing that more often now!
This first sheet is more useable than some on the second – the second has those crazy combinations I got while researching some of the Manga art sites! But they’re worth trying just to see what colors you never thought of to try out. To download either PDF, just click on each image.
One last thing from me – I have MORE skin on my blog today! Yep, one blog post and video just can’t contain all the goodness….some of you sent me Instagram photos to colormatch, and I’ve posted those pics plus another coloring video. So, all you #copicsistahs…click HERE to go check that out!
Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Sandy for being our guest!
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Impressive! I’ve never used Copics, but they look stunning.
AMAZING video! Sandy Allnock is the Copic Queen! Thank you for sharing these color combos, it’s nice to know what works and looks great instead of having to guess and start over. So fantastic, thanks so much!
I enjoyed the video! I love learning new ways to get more from my Copic markers. Thanks for sharing your research with us, Sandy! And the card you created is adorable!
Great card and copic tutorial.
Love this! So helpful. I bought my first set of copic markers just a couple months ago and Sandy’s tips are excellent for learning to use them.
Cute cute card. Great tips in your video and a great color blending sheet you did for us.
Great video – I always have a hard time coloring skin. You made it look so easy! Thanks.
Great ideas for skin tones – I never feel very skilled at this. Thank you!!
OMGosh! Sandy rocks skin tones!
Oh, this is a great video! Sandy is an amazing color artist, and I love reading her blog.
FYI, as my daughter is a manga aficionado, I have learned that in manga, they’re not always supposed to look realistic. I don’t know why not, but that’s what she tells me. :) Thanks, Sandy.
Beautiful card, I love her flirty little dress.
What a CUTE CARD!!! :D
Totally adorable card! Great cheat sheet with great skin tones…now I just need copics!!
You are a coloring genius!
thanks for the cheat sheets very useful
Oh my gosh, so helpful! Thanks Sandy- you are amazing!
Truly amazing! I admire people who can color & maybe with this help I’ll try a little!
Thanks Sandy. never would have thought to use purple with skin tones. Cool.
Wow, Sandy, great video. thanks for doing all the work to help with color combo’s for skin, always tough!
What a helpful worksheet
thanks so much for the fabulous tutorial… gonna give coloring people a try, again!!
Fantastic card and colouring. Love those dots. Thank you for all the great skin tone variations.
I really learned a lot about copic coloring. Thank you so much and I love your card.
Sandy is amazing. Wish I had her talent with markers. I’ll have to keep practicing to become 1/100th as good.
Amazing charts. Trying to print these for reference. TFS
That is so much,Sandy! An awesome chart. This is a real help.
Awesome worksheets Sandy! It’s great to have this reference and tutorial!
Thanks Sandy for the chart and video! It helps learning from the best!
Wauw, she really rocks!
Lots of great tips for skin tone colouring. I follow the blog by email.
Great Copic skin coloring tutorial. Thank you for sharing!
Love! Love! Love! Thank you Sandy for sharing your talents with us.
The video was wonderful. . The idea of using the face is great in a card. Thanks for sharing
Thanks for these coloring tips. ;-)
Thanks for the skin resource chart. Smile
Great lesson on copics and the card is adorable.
Sandy always does such amazing coloring techniques! I had to pin this to my Pinterest page for future reference!
Thanks for the gret tutorial and color chart for coloring skin. I’m a newbie when it comes to copics so every little hint helps. Great card!
This is beautiful! Love your colouring! Gorgeous!
GREAT great card and video! Love the coloring! Thank you for the tips and the perfect colour combination map, it is so helpful!
Beautiful card! Really love those colors together.
Thanks for the coloring help!
If only I had coloring skills! This is fabulous!
Wonderful worksheet you created for us! Thanks for the lesson – I never would have thought to try some of those combinations….
Thank you for taking the time to do this. It’s a much needed help.
Wow! The video had me totally fascinated and mesmerised. I cant wait to try doing some skin tones as I have a few of the doll stamps. Thanks a lot Sandy for giving us those great tips!
Wow! What great skin coloring technique. The card looks absolutely beautiful! I wish I could afford copic markers right now
Sandy, you are a rockstar! I can’t wait to print these out. I’m new to Copics and sometimes they’re fun… And sometimes plain “funstrating.” Lol!