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Draw Tip Tuesday – How to do skin tones

Posted by Koosje Koene in Draw Tip, Draw Tip Tuesday, sketchbook on July 9, 2019

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Here’s a question that people often ask me and fellow artists who draw people: How do you create skin tone?

Well, of course there is not one skin tone – everyone’s color  and complexion is different – so even though you might be looking for a ‘here’s how to do it’ answer – such a thing does not exist.

Let’s first have a look at how other artists do it.
The books shown here are: Felix Scheinberger’s “Urban watercolor sketching”,Miguel Herranz’ “Here and there(again)”, Inma Serrano’s “Sevilla from Top to Bottom”,  Lynne Chapman’s “Sketching People” and Tommy Kane’s “All my photographs are made with pens”
Then I’ll show you how I layer colored pencils to create a vivid skin color – using a photo for reference.

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Koosje Koene

Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels.