How to draw skin — Basic tips with colored pencils.


Hi guys Today I am going to do a simple tutorial
on drawing skin tone. I have been getting a lot of requests to do a tutorial on drawing
skin tone so i am just trying to do a basic tutorial here. Drawing skin is not at all
an easy thing to do. It takes lot of time and hard work to get the smooth skin texture.
and unlike many other drawings it is difficult to identify the correct value of color from
the reference photo. We may take two entirely different values as same because of the optical
illusion. So for drawing skin, We must possess some
minimum abilities like identifying the correct value and most importantly the ability to
draw from one color to another without any visible demarkations. For identifying the
relative values i will share some tips in this tutorial but for getting a smooth gradation
of color, you must practise a lot with colored pencils.
For most of the drawings i dont really care about getting the exact color hue as the reference
picture. But for skin tone this is not the case. We shouldnt pick a color that is too
yellowish or too reddish. it will seriously affect the realism.
So to start with, chose a reference photo with good lighting. Try to avoid photographs
taken with flash on because those photos make the face flat. Then study the photo for the
colors, you may start with the lightest color and then choose the next darker color and
so on. Using color picker tool on photoshop really helps to avoid confusions by optical
illusion. just pick the color and paint it over a white background in photoshop and you
can choose the colored pencil by comparing to that.
Here i have chosen 6 different colors for my portrait. I dont have a really big collection
of pencils so i ended up with terracota and burnt carmine which are too reddish and brown
ochre which is too yellowish. If your color is too yellowish try layering it with pink
and if it is too reddish try to draw only a few thin layers and mix with other colors.
Actually you can draw skin with only a few colors by layering and mixing colors but i
am not going to discuss it here. I am trying to keep this tutorial as simple as possible.I
am using derwent artists pencils because they are harder and they give better results for
portraits. i am using a peach color from derwent coloursoft because i couldnt find any similar
color from my 72 set of derwent artists. You can see that i have drawn a simple color gradation
on the right side. you should be able to do that for drawing skin tone. if you cant then
try several times and you will get the hang of it. In this selection of colors actual
skin color is peach and flesh pink is for highlights and all other colors are for shadows.
I am starting off with the lightest color flesh pink. The light is falling onto her
left side so the lightest colors is going to be on her left side. Then notice that i
changed to the main color peach and i blended it to the lighter color without any demarkations.
whenever you blend two colors you should make it as smooth as possible. Just fill in the
areas with the peach color and for the shadows layer the next darker colors one by one until
you get the desired value. comparing the value again and again with the reference photo is
very helpful. Notice that i drew a few thin layers with brown ochre then terracotta and
finally burnt carmine. This is the thing we have to do in the entire
drawing. Look at the reference photo identify the color with the help of photoshop or by
yourself if you are confident. Then try to draw that exact value and color in the drawing
. and dont forget to blend the colors together. There should not be any hard demarkations
between two colors. Keeping a sharp point always helps to get
a smooth result. If the drawing is too grainy try using some blender pencils with moderate
pressure. Never use solvents to blend a skin tone it will ruin the skin by making it vibrant
and unnatural. You can see that i am using all 6 colors to
get the desired value. This is all based on reference picture so i am not going to explain
each and every step. just study the reference picture and use the same color. it is as simple
as that. At some point you can see that i am using a pink pencil. It is to make the
yellowish colors more realistic. Skin color is contributed by the color of blood too.
so using pink helps to make it more realistic. So thats all for now. Remember the tip and
keep on practising. Thank you for watching and Dont forget to subscribe for more videos
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100 comments

  • KURTZ PAEDZ

    Who is your preference?..

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  • Kaustav Das

    Wow.. Can you tell me, which colour pencils do you use?

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  • Rich Killz

    Is it just me or she almost look like mercy from overwatch

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  • Jason Diaz

    are these soft pastel pencils?

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  • Arun Artsy Lens

    Hello sir.. Could u plz suggest me, what type of colour pencils should i use.! Im a beginner,.,! Could u plz guide me.!

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  • RJ CREATIVE

    What pencils are you using? Pls give the link to purchase 🙏

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  • Boby Lastt

    hi everyone ,if anyone else needs to find out about easy ways to draw portraits try Loctavan Amazing Drawing Strategy (just google it ) ? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my colleague got excellent results with it.

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  • Kat

    is that white out/ whatre you using to add the white highlights

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  • Anagha Jyothish

    I'm damn sure that he's a Malayali 😀

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  • Hemant Wagh

    Great brother

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  • sanjay kumar

    Is these pencils are available in all stores

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  • SATYA MEVA JAYATHE

    You are really awsome💖💖💖👍

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  • Dipendra Adhikari

    What is that you used on making lips white and on hair white ? If anybody know about that material ? I need that. Hoping i will get reply.

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  • Kim-Kathrin Schäfer

    Is that just a white marker for highlights ?

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  • SARCASRIC PLAYER

    Anyone inspired but fear to draw

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  • Evelyn Zhuang

    I can barely understand him with that accent😂

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  • Sioxsie Baker

    I expected pure colored pencil. Great one though, learned lots of tricks

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  • Suriyah Mendoza

    What colored pencils do you use

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  • Clélia O'CONNELL

    How do you pick the colours when you aren't using a reference picture?

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  • Biraj Mohan Nahar

    What is your name

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  • Sanjana Job

    name of the color pencils please

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  • Abdul Salam Shaik

    Which colours are you using?

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  • Shyamjith Subrhamannyan

    Nivin paulyude sound poleyund

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  • Num to the Noms

    My picture has WAY too much shadows. And also how do you make the colored pencils look like oil pastel omg

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  • zerojohnnyx

    This is beautiful! Thank you so much! I was having so much trouble starting off. Color picker helped tremendously! I found my problem was maybe tunnel vision and getting caught up in the colors not exactly matching what I saw vs the paper. …once you start layering on the colors and onto the next shade, it starts to pull together nicely. thanks.

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  • Indranil Das

    Plz provide the link of the color pencil

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  • VideosofGomez 92

    Which crayons are you using?

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  • TommyX

    What if you have 2$ pencils

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  • Fuck ᴍᴏᴏᴅ

    What do you use pencil color?
    Plsss reply plssss Thanks

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  • Joanne Costine

    This is fantastic! 💖

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  • Dipanvita Chaudhari

    very nice

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  • Ram 86149

    Super

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  • MF Hopkins

    Very helpful!

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  • Weely Mendes

    indian accent
    fuck")

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  • Vanessa Frank

    they make it look so easy

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  • Karthi Lakshmanan

    Voice over was done by Nivin Pauly😁
    Really nice tutorial BTW… Tq💞

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  • vishal pappu

    Malayaliyanalle

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  • Pratik art

    Which pencils use in this ?

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  • Art with Guneet

    How to blend these pencil colors

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  • JEEVON ROY JEEVON ROY

    Thank you

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  • Confident Achiever

    Which clor pencil is used here?

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  • Aburani Tv

    Shout out to people like me who keep their drawings Black & White

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  • Sayyda

    One word

    Wow

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  • creative haul

    Which colour pencil you used???

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  • Moya Whyte

    I can blend colours but I can't make artworks look realistic, gonna have to work on that

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  • MelOdYc huB

    Dude you are really talented kiddo ❤️ love your video ❤️

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  • Davide ÆŘȚ

    Bellissimo, bravissimo!

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  • sayaherdi

    Magic hand… 😍😍😍😍
    Amazing art ✍

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  • Komal Jain

    Which pencils are u using

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  • Kim Tiffany

    THIS MADE MY DRAWINGS SO MUCH BETTER, THANKS!

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  • Catherine Jane S. Evan

    may I ask what brand of color pencils are you using? thanks

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  • Pooja Draws

    She is really gorgeous

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  • Saeeda Peerzada

    is it a tutorial its not even slow or normal its fast all of it goan 🙄 over my head 🤣😂

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  • Hannah Baron

    Thank you! This was very helpful

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  • Terry-Ann Casimire

    48 second if u watch closly on the nose ghres an ant

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  • Josefine Elisabeth

    Thank u sooo… much ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • öztürk

    great vid keep it up!

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  • sunidhi sharma

    Is that some type of whitener u r using on hair??

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  • chaitanya Chaitu

    plz show how to draw real face

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  • kartik pawarr

    Hey bro I'm also one artist but
    I didn't use colour pencil so
    Pls suggest me which paper and colour pencil should I use

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  • Rj Delacruz

    What color pencils and paper should be used?
    When I draw portraits the hardest part is the skin. It doesn't blend really well.

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  • Cindy Matibo

    What eraser did he use?

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  • glen parey

    im a newbie at best i can draw cartoon looking people for now

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  • CHANAKYA SINHA

    My first drawing was for my gf, it was near to perfect spent 16 hours continuously, and i lay down her face on 36×27 cm sheet. That was an year ago, now this time i really need courage and good practices for perfect sketchinng, using color pencils i am comfortable, will be starting in few days 😍

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  • Vesuviuz

    Very helpful…coz I'm using derwent pemcils too

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  • Alrighty Then

    How does he get the pencils to not look patchy?

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  • cp Sahu

    Its amezing…..

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  • Haania

    Your going on drawring masterpieces while me and my friends are still learning to draw a circle!😅

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  • Solar Power Link

    Greattttt man 💕👌👌👌

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  • indian youtuber monoswini

    Monoswini
    Nandi

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  • Aesthetic Mind

    can you please give me the name of the instrmental ? i loved it so much

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  • Leena Pathak

    Can we draw this on normal cartrage paper of 180/160 gsm

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  • Brilli Aurabillah

    what do you mean a pict with good lighting? is that about pict that dont have any blackish shadow? or is that pict that dont have a hard and seperated shadow? tysm

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  • LilAngelxox

    Him: I’m also filming this voice over in a
    Cockpit

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  • e-Tendering Specialist & Digital Signature Provider

    Pencil colour?

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  • Owen Cook

    That skin texture is absolutely amazing! I would love to be able to learn how to do that!

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  • ivan bridgen

    Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else needs to find out about learn how to draw realistic portraits try Loctavan Amazing Drawing Strategy (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some amazing things about it and my brother in law got cool results with it.

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  • Destruction and Red converse

    I watched this years ago when i was still learning how to draw im general and now im drawing realistic portraits… But still, seeing this takes me back and reminds me to look back where I came from and never forget to be humble.

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  • GRANDPA !!!

    He is a INDIAN for sure……

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  • Melina Hammour

    oh i can't coloring real skin

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  • Mani T P

    Malayali ano

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  • Manpreet Art

    You are the best

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  • NITHIN BAHULEYAN

    What is that thing you used to make the lips white and shiny

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  • Abhilash Rajan

    Seems like this guy is a malayali…..i have the same problem of color value

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  • Mukesh Kumar

    Kon se clour use kiya h aap ne batao replay me

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  • Freya Aldrnari

    Very beautiful

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  • Leila Drawings

    Woow i love it This is the real artist 👏👏👏

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  • الاسود الحمر

    It's so perfect
    Please try transactions what you say

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  • ne garh -phone

    Men I have some some drawings that isn't colored but IDK what to do next so this video helped me

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  • DOC CITY

    Tum log sale sketch Galti hi Nahi karte kese😲😵😵😵

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  • FoxGamer Game

    I cant Draw a circle XD

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  • Todd Marble

    Very nice

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  • Channel Name Unknown

    Which coloured pencils are you using?

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  • Varun Lal V.Moorthy

    Are u malayalee???

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  • alok maratkar

    Which types pencil & paper, tools you used it

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  • Aswanth K

    Which is the pencil?

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  • Parul Rastogi

    Yah kaun se pencil colour hi name bataiye please

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  • gowda gowda

    Which colored pencil did u use

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  • Kavya Jain

    I can draw a face pretty decently but when I color it it looks like a potato run over by a chicken riding a tricycle

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