Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tutorial Thursday {Copic Coloring - Dark Skin Tones}

 We saw this tutorial from Kathy of Inspired to Stamp awhile back and asked Kathy's permission to share it with all of you.  Thank you SO MUCH Kathy for allowing us to share this with our fans!!

Today I'm using one of the new La La Land Crafts stamps called Marci with Flower, she's cute isn't she!!  :)
Begin by colouring your base layer with E11.  It's OK if it's not totally smooth, there will be plenty blending.
I've assumed the light source is coming from the top right, so I've added E13 a little heavier on the left side.  (I'm showing the colour before blending - once you've added your E13, blend with E11 to smooth it.)
Next, take E15 to deepen the shadows, don't add too much and then blend with E13 and E11.
Next use your E18 to really deepen those shadows and use the lighter colours above to blend.  You don't need a lot of E18, but remember the more contrast, the more interesting your picture will look!  Once again, blend with your lighter colours, E15, E13 and E11.

 To cool those deepest shadows down and make them a little deeper, use BV00 (or if you want a lot of contrast, try BV13!).

Finish colouring your image in your favourite colours!!
Copic Colours Used
Skin - E11, E13, E15, E18, BV00
Mouth - E04
Hair - C0, C1, C3, C5, C7
Shirt/Shoes - Y21, Y35, Y38, YR24
Jeans - B91, B93, B95, B97
Flowerpot - E97, E08, E19
Flower - R81, R83, E51, E53, G24, G28, E35, E37
Spade - C0, C1, C3
We hope this tutorial was helpful to you.  We would love to see what you can do too.  Please don't forget to share your creations with us in our Customer Gallery and also on our Facebook Page!!  :-)


  1. great! thanks for sharing :) would it be possible for you to do a video on it too?

  2. I am going to try your color combo's...her face is pretty and has lots of depth. Thanks for sharing!