Letraset Hair and Skin Tutorial
From Passion for ProMarkers - Written By Caryn Davies & Debbi Glennie
Most of the DT are of the same opinion the best ink to use is "Memento Tuxedo Black" it leaves a crisp impression and there is no bleeding. Another favourite is Impress Ink, which a couple of the DT use, and it is also cheaper than the Memento. A further choice is Stampin Up inks, you do need to use a waterbased inkpad, if it is alcohol based (e.g Stazon) it just reacts with the proMarkers and bleeds.
Ok this one is a bit more tricky, everyone in the DT uses something different, so I will give you a few choices - IQ Smooth from Staples (Reasonable price, good to stamp and colour on). Whisper White from Stampin Up. Concord index card from Caboodle.co.uk but it does bleed if you're heavy handed with the promarkers. Very smooth off-white card from papermill (colours blend well and take a bit longer to dry ...more time to play, only slight bleed but fine if don't saturate too much and its reasonably priced).
Skin Colour Used:
Again everyone in the DT has there own choice on colours used for skin, but the most popular colours to use are:
- Ivory and Dusky pink
- Blush and Dusky pink
- Ivory and Blush
Dark Skin Colour Used:
Terracotta (for cheeks and shadows) dusky pink (for highlights)and cinnamon for everywhere elseSandstone, Dusky Pink for shadow, Pastel Pink or Coral for blush.
Sandstone, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Umber & Burnt Umber or a combination of Cinnamon, cocoa, umber, henna, burnt umber, if you experiment with these colours you should get a mix that suits you best.
Again there were varied choices for black hair - here are a few for you to experiment with.
Ice grey 1-5 + touch black
Black and Warm Grey 1-5
Warm Grey 2 Umber, and a touch of Black.
Varied choice again from the DT, here are a selection of what colours they use -
Lemon, Pastel Yellow, Canary.
Primrose, lemon, canary, mustard, gold.
Vanilla, sandstone, mustard
Mustard, Gold, Vanilla, anything light
Pastel Yellow/Ivory, Vanilla, Sandstone. For touch more warmth add a little Raw Sienna.
Colouring Hair : Black (Written by: Caryn Davies)
This is a quick 'how to' on how I colour black hair on an image. I have used the 5 grey pens in the 'Cool Grey' collection but you would apply the same principals if you were using the Ice Greys or the Warm Greys. I am not an expert, this is just how I would go about it!! I have used a Gorjuss girl image available from Funky Kits.
Stamp desired image in a suitable ink. I have used Memento Tuxedo black ink on SU! Whisper white cardstock. Then take your palest colour, Cool Grey 1 in this case and colour the whole of the hair.
Work your way up through the shades from palest to darkest. Each time I move to the next shade I take the colour over less of the hair. This gives a graduated look working from the roots of the hair, where you would expect it to be darkest, to the areas where you would expect to see light reflecting, eg, where the hair curves over her shoulders or on the fringe.
With the Cool Grey 1 (palest) pen again, go over the whole area using it to blend any harsh lines between shades.You may then want to 'touch up' or tweak with the other pens any areas you think need more shading.
With either the black Promarker or a Letraset black fineliner (my preference) go over the areas sparingly where you would expect to find the darkest shadows (roots, behind neck, overlapping areas etc.). You may then want to use a white gel pen to highlight the areas of highest light reflectivity.
This last picture is the completed image . I have used the same technique on the tights â€" colouring with Cool Grey 1, 3 and the black fineliner. For her dress I have used Cool Grey 1 and 2 on the areas where the fabric folds or curves.
Colouring Hair : Brunette (Written by: Debbi Glennie)
Firstly I choose about 4 or 5 promarkers from the same colour family, for brown hair I usually use Sandstone, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Burnt Umber and Umber.
I start off with the palest colour, in this case its sandstone, and roughly colour any areas I want highlighted. It helps to imagine where the light source is coming from.
Then I take the next darkest colour (cinnamon) and colour with inward strokes around the pale areas, if the promarker has dried you may need to blend the 2 colours - I do this with the palest colour, taking the strokes from the darker colour towards the paler colour.
I then repeat this for each gradually darker colour, keeping the darkest colour for areas that are in shadow - for instance the hair behind the character's neck and the very tips.
Once the ink has dried on the page, I take either a sakura white gelly roll pen or an inkssential white pen and draw on some highlights on the lightest areas.
This technique works for almost any colour of hair, I have used it for brunette, black (using 5 shades of warm grey promarkers), blue, pink, green, auburn etc
Colouring Skin : Caucasian (Written by: Debbi Glennie)
I choose ProMarkers Blush and Ivory. I colour the skin area with Ivory using a circular motion.
Then I add Blush by dotting colour to areas that I think would be in shadow e.g. just below the fringe/hairline, the neck and the top of the arm just below the sleeve as well as areas that would naturally have a bit more colour, for instance cheeks (elbows and knees are other places but not in this particular image).
I then go back over the whole area with Ivory, again in a circular motion in order to blend the colours.
And this is the image so far with the skin and hair done...
Finishing off: Colouring the Dress and Tights (Written by: Debbi Glennie)
To complete this batch of "How to's" I'm going to show you how I colour a dress/top on the Sitting Gorjuss Girl from Sugar Nellie.
Firstly I chose 3 shades of the same colour family, in this case; lavender, lilac and amethyst.
Then I coloured the dress with the palest shade, lavender - for areas that are not large enough to use the broad tip of the promarker, I find you get a more uniform effect by colouring in a circular motion.
Then I took the slightly darker shade, lilac and started to colour from the left hand side - here I have imagined the light source would be coming from the right. I coloured in small circular motions about half way across the dress
Then I took the palest shade, lavender, and blended the lilac out from left to right using small circular strokes, stopping before I got all the way to edge.I then repeat the same process with the darkest shade, amethyst, but only colouring about a quarter of the way across the dress. I have also dotted the amethyst colour over the fold lines on the image (where the fabric would appear to pool and fold)
Repeat the blending, this time using the mid colour (lilac), using small circles to blend the colour. To finish off I like to dot a little more of the darkest colour over crease and fold lines to emphasize them if necessary.
To colour the tights I chose 2 shades each from 2 different colour families, in this case; lilac & amethyst and meadow green & apple.
First I coloured the first pale shade onto alternate stripes. Then I dotted the darker shade onto either side of each stripe. Then repeat those 2 stages for the other leg. And do the same with the other colour family, in this case the lilac and amethyst.
Once the promarkers have dried, I take either a sakura opaque white gelly roll or an Inkssentials opaque white pen and draw a narrow line down the pale part of the tights - preferably in one stroke.
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