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").
Hey there art friend! Today on YouTube, I'm excited to share a sneak peek at a lesson I'm creating for my Mixed Media Society art club on how to create STUNNING skin tones using Tombow Dual Brush pen art markers!
Before we dive into our project, we need to figure out exactly what colors we've got to work with. Taking a glance at the caps on our markers will definitely give us a clue, but THE BEST way to prevent surprises mid-project is to do a little pre-project swatching!
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Trust me when I say that swatching is a game-changer! That's because the color on the cap, tube or bottle OFTEN looks nothing like what ends up on your paper. By swatching your art supplies BEFORE you create, you eliminate any future surprises or mistakes, allowing you to fully enjoy the creative process!
Swatching can feel tedious and boring to a lot of people, so I've made a number of resources over the years to make this process MORE FUN, including my Fun Fab Swatch Pad (created with my beloved Facebook Group), and my latest book, Swatch! Copy! Color!
This book is a fantastic resource, filled with empty swatch squares and a wide variety of faces and backgrounds to practice coloring techniques. It's perfect for testing your Tombow markers or any other dry media art supplies! Use the book as a reference for your own work, or as a coloring book just for fun.
Can't wait for the book to ship and need to swatch NOW?! Download my FREE Fun Fab Swatch Sheet and I'll send it straight to your inbox!!
Since we're on the hunt for a winning combo of Tombow skin tone markers today, I'm pulling out ALL the Tombow Dual Brush pen art markers I can find in my studio in the pink, orange, brown, and neutral color families.
If you don't have Tombows at home and are thinking of adding a set to add to your art supply stash, this is the one I recommend for shading faces.
If you're playing along at home, flip to a blank swatch sheet in my Swatch! Copy! Color! book. Then shade each swatch box with a marker from your set. Make sure you note the color name and/or number next to each box to stay organized. Your future self will thank you :)
Once all of my Tombows have been swatched, it's super easy to see which light, medium and dark shades will go well together to create stunning skin tones. Here's a quick example in the pink color family:
The face drawing reference image for today's project is courtesy of artist Cameron Mark. I LOVE his digital faces. If you haven't checked him out before, you need to follow him on Instagram. I was thrilled when he graciously agreed to let me feature his work in our lesson!
If you want to learn how to draw this adorable face in the style of Cameron Mark step-by-step, the full-length lesson is inside the Fun Fab Drawing Club over at Awesome Art School.
To color along with me step-by-step in real-time, hop over to the Mixed Media Society. You'll be amazed at how EASY it is to achieve watercolor effects in your shading just by adding a little water!
Look at how beautifully these Tombows blend after I activate them!! Watch this girlie come to life in minutes with the timelapse on my Mixed Media YouTube channel.
Stay tuned for more inspiring content and exciting projects. Until then, keep drawing, experimenting, and enjoying the artistic process.
Remember, you can't get worse with MORE practice!!
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