Coloring Skin Tone with Copic Markers

Shojo Wonder Manga Art School | how to draw | how to draw manga | how to color with markerCheck out this awesome demonstration from Supittha “Annie” Bunyapen, author of Shojo Wonder Manga Art School. You can learn how to paint darker skin tones using Copic Markers. For this demo and more, you can purchase the book by clicking on the cover or the links.

The Many Colors of Copic Markers!

There are a lot of great colors available from Copic markers. It can be hard to pick just a few to buy though. We want ALL the markers! To help you narrow down your selection for what you want, here are some handy color charts for reference. 

Copic markers can be a little pricey, but they’re great for blending and coloring. Plus, you can refill them, which helps with the affordability.

Cool color chart:

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Warm color chart:

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Tips for Coloring With Markers

• Always test your markers before you actually paint. There is a chance that even your favorite markers won’t give you the same results as previously and can ruin your picture!

• For accurate results, always test your markers before you use them. Dried ink can make the marker pigment darker. If the ink runs out, refill it.

• Dried nibs cause less flow when you paint. Instead of having nice, smooth strokes, the dried nibs make rough and uneven strokes. If the nibs are too dry, replace them.

• Be aware of over-refilling your markers. They can leak if the nib gets too wet.

• Dirty nibs can spread unwanted pigment on your picture. It’s rare, but it happens sometimes when markers paint over graphite sketches or smudge with different markers. If this happens, smudge the nib on some paper until it’s clean.

• Use a colorless blender to lighten or fade other marker colors. You can also fade colors to white and blend for cool effects.

Coloring a Tanned or Asian Skin Tone

We covered creating a basic skin tone in a previously posted tutorial. This time we’re going to show you how to create a tan skin tone.

Illustrations of Asian characters often depict narrow eyes and lightly-tanned skin. It is also common for Asian skin to have some yellow undertones. You can easily achieve these effects with just a few markers.

1: Sketch and ink your character with a brown or sepia 005 (0.2mm) waterproof technical pen. For the deepest shadow, shade the character’s skin with Light Suntan and blend carefully with Barely Beige. Add these first colors around the eyes and lips, under the lower lip, on the left side of his face, under his hair, and around his clothes. Use the colorless blender to fade the colors in some areas, if desired.

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2: Since Asian skin requires yellow, use Baby Skin Pink as the middle tone. Paint almost all of the flesh, leaving some room for highlights.

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3: Slowly coat all of the flesh with Egg Shell. The base coat allows you to subtly blend different colors without leaving unnecessary streaks or marks.

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4: Always make the eyes the main focus of the character. Use both Dark Suntan and Light Grape, to darken the outer corner of each. Use these colors to deepen the shadows around his lips, under his nose, lower lip and hair, and around his clothes. A touch of Light Grape will produce the darkest darks of the deepest shadow, making your character look lively and keeping his flesh from looking too flat.

Keep coloring your character and build up the hair with the Cool Gray tones then a few brown tones. Ta-da, your character’s darker skin tone is complete.

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Discover More Manga Art

For more books on manga drawing, check out the Shojo Fashion Manga Art School series by Irene Flores and the Mastering Manga series by Mark Crilley:

  

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