Let's Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!!
Hey art lover!! I'm beyond excited to have you join me for an amazing face shading project using Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
If you were hangin' with me last week on my mixed media YouTube channel, you may remember I reviewed a set of grayscale Tombow alcohol markers, and totally panned them.
I know!! I HATE doing that!! But I need to be honest with everyone - it's my job to help beginner artists cut through the clutter of the bazillion art supplies on the market! That way you can quickly grab the supplies that ARE worth your time and money, and just get to the FUN part of art-ing already :)
Since I was so hard on Tombow last week, I want to balance it out this week. I honestly LOVE the brand and a TON of their products. To prove it- I'm shading a face with my Tombow PORTRAIT Dual Brush Pens today, PLUS sharing my TOP 21 TIPS for the smoothest blending and shading you can get from Tombows!! Let's do it!!
If you'd like to draw today's face with me step-by-step for FREE- grab a pencil and a sheet of watercolor paper (SUPER IMPORTANT), and head over to my YouTube Drawing Channel to watch the less than 20-minute tutorial.
When you're done - pop back here, grab your Tombows (or any art supply YOU love most!), and let's start shading!!
If you're not familiar with the Tombow's Portrait set of dual brush pens, they include 10 beautiful shades in a wide array of colors to really hit all the light, medium, and dark skin tone combinations out there, which I love.
Tombows are also completely water-soluble. That means if you color with them on paper, wet a paintbrush and drag it over the pigment on your paper, the colors will magically DISSOLVE and melt into one another. Even without water, you can effortlessly blend various shades of Tombows together because the markers are exceptionally juicy!
Check it out..
Hot Tip: Graphite is ALSO water soluble, so when you're shading a drawing with Tombows- try to avoid your graphite lines, or erase as much as possible BEFORE shading so your drawing lines don't smear.
If you love the book I shared in today's video, it's called Skin Tone Secrets, and really helps take the guesswork out of choosing which marker shades go well together. It also tells you exactly WHERE to add shadows to the faces you draw to make them look more realistic. Grab a copy for yourself HERE on Amazon, or learn more about it in this page-by-page flip-through on YouTube.
As you'll see in today's video, I'm taking a shading pattern straight from this book and copying it into my new drawing. (P.S. I know she looks rough right now on the right! LOL. She's HALF DONE, and in what I lovingly refer to as "the ugly stage").
"Karen is flipping hilarious and she's very real...I like the way she teaches in a way that really gives you confidence, whether you're a beginner or advanced there's always something new to learn!"
- Elizabeth W.
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