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Skin Tones

Until recently, the limited range of skin tone colored markers frustrated artists; Arteza has fulfilled this need. They want their art to represent the things and people that inspire their art closely. It was challenging because only a few markers for skin tones were available, or they tried to blend colors independently.


Skin tone alcohol markers are now available that are permanent and dry quickly because of the alcohol content. The heavy ink makes the application full and the colors rich. An extensive set of markers provides a wide variety of shades. They include yellow and pink used in detailing, contrasting, and shading. A smaller skin tone palette is sufficient for artistry, such as cartoon illustrations.


What colors make skin tone with markers? Use subtle pinkish brown shades around the nose and eyes. If the character is pale, use pinks and red on the cheeks and nose to make it look more realistic. Depending on the ethnicity, purple, yellow, and red are usable. Inside the ears, make use of brown. Yellow underneath the eyes makes them look more natural. They are not colors typically associated with creating skin tone color, but they work. The subtle addition of these colors makes the skin look more natural and realistic instead of using one color gradient.


How do you dye skin with alcohol markers? An excellent way to start is to test colors on a separate sheet of paper to see how they blend. Makers are unforgiving. It is best to work out kinks before getting into the coloring. Alcohol markers are less messy and more predictable than watercolors.


It does involve an element of speed. You need to work while the ink is still wet. Alcohol evaporates quickly. Adding ink to a dry area results in hard edges between colors. When the ink is damp, blending and coloring cause the colors to bleed into each other and achieve a smooth gradient effect.


Markers are an essential part of art and drawing. Both amateur and professional artists use them. Alcohol markers are very beneficial because they dry faster, blend easier, and work on any surface. Coloring skin is among the most intimidating things about using alcohol markers. With the tips above and a little practice, it is rewarding, easy, and fun. Combining different sets of colors for shadows, mid-tones, and highlights create a variety of skin tones.