Let's Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!!
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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My latest art book, Magical Mythical Creatures, is finally available, and I couldn't be more thrilled! This is book number 35 for me, and is the first book I've CO-AUTHORED with a friend - my Scottish bestie, who is an absolutely gorgeous watercolor and gouache artist, Lucy Brydon.
Lucy and I met online in 2015 and our friendship just exploded over the next few years. We've art-ed together as students and teachers, co-hosted art retreats, started a podcast, and created a fantasy art club with online art lessons together called The Celtic Collective.
This year we had a blast trying something new and co-authoring a fantasy art book together!
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Click the button above to buy your own copy on Amazon, or scroll down to watch a flip-through video and see every single page of Magical Mythical Creatures!
Each project in the book provides a simple art supply list, followed by easy-to-follow art instruction to help you have FUN and create something you can be proud of.
If you've been following me for a while or have purchased one of my art books in the past, you know I'm a stickler for taking my time to explain each step.
As an art book hoarder myself, I feel like there's nothing worse than grabbing an art book by an author who skips multiple steps and just expects you to fill in the blanks on your own!
InHow to Draw & Paint Magical Mythical Creatures, you'll find a wide variety of fantasy art projects from fairies and dragons, to kelpies, unicorns, and selkies. Each project gives you the opportunity to try playing with a number of different mediums from toned paper to watercolor, acrylics, gouache and more.
Even if one or some of the art supplies used in this book are new to you as an artist, or if you've never tried mixed media art before (GASP!) - we hope you'll give it a try because it's SO MUCH FUN once someone shows you how to do it!!
Many of the projects in this book also feature faces, so you'll find the appropriate face drawing guidelines within those lessons to help you make the facial features in your own drawings more proportional.
Thanks SO much for hanging out with me today!
Make sure you watch today's video so you can see each and every page of Magical Mythical Creatures!
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