This colored pencil tutorial is finally up on youtube. I know a lot of you have been waiting for this one. I’ve done this using Faber-Castell Polychromos with a handful of Caran d’Ache Luminance colored pencils on Fabriano Artistico extra white Hot Press 140lb watercolor paper. That paper is AMAZING to work on if you’ve not tried it. It’s super smooth but still has just enough tooth to allow for tons of layering in the colored pencils. You guys know how much I love layering, so that is a big deal. Because so many of you have asked, here is a list of most of the colors I used on this piece.
helloblue-reddish, cobalt blue- greenish, light ultramarine, middle pthalo blue, cobalt blue, ultramarine, black, dark indigo, delft blue, white (luminance )
hair, eylashes,eyebrows:
brown ochre, raw umber, terracotta, black, burnt sienna, burnt ochre, white (luminance)
Iris- earth green, warm grey IV, warm grey V, brown ochre, leaf green, burnt sienna, nougat, black, white (luminance)
whites- cold grey II, pink madder lake, cold grey IV
Skin: Green yellowish, burnt sienna, walnut brown, burnt umber, van-dyck brown, nougat, cold grey III, cold grey II, cold grey IV, payne’s grey, warm grey I, warm grey II, warm grey III, warm grey IV, warm grey V, light flesh, rose carmine, burnt carmine, light purple pink, magenta, middle purple pink, light ultramarine
white, buff titanium, burnt ochre 10%, burnt ochre 50%, brown ochre 50%, raw umber 50%, olive brown 10%, brown ochre 10%

I am going to be posting a video in the next few weeks that just focuses on drawing her eyes and explaining how to do that in full detail, so watch for that one 🙂

One of the things I do want to point out is that I think everyone puts too much pressure on themselves to get the PERFECT skin color. There is no such thing. I know this is a heartbreaking reality for some, but the perfect color just doesn’t exist. And mixing the perfect combination for your painting or drawing, while important, it honestly isn’t as big of a deal as good blending, shading, detail etc. Those things are SO much more important. I talked about this in Saturday’s vlog, here is the link if you missed it Painting skin tones.

Just to drive my point home about color not being the main thing that will make for a good portrait, check out this drawing by artist Rob Amick on youtube. He did this on RED paper. We all know red is not an actual skin tone for anyone…but look how beautiful his finished portrait was.