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I'm using the Copic Ciao markers for this tutorial. I love the brush end and they're wonderful markers for refilling too.
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Step 1: Color the base
Color your stamp print out with a pretty color scheme. Ensure that you have a nice, even application without marker streaks. If you have streaks, then go over it again with another application to smooth it out.
I used Copic E50 for the skin tone.
Shading accurately is aided by having a proper light source / direction. Where should the light be coming from in your image? I find it easiest to just go with the top right. I imagine a light (or the sun) shining down on this pretty face and it highlights the right side and creates shadows on the left. With a darker skin tone marker, I added shadows to her face is the appropriate places with a top right light source.
I used a Copic E95 (Flesh Pink) for the shadow color.
Face changes with shifting light source
After plonking down my darker E95 color, I went back with a midtone color and smoothed things out by shading over top of my darker color and also into the lighter E50 color. This helps to create a smoother transition between marker tones and not leave you with hard line.
I used a Copic E00 (Skin White) for the midtone color.
To add a little more color to this pretty face, I used a soft pink just under her cheekbones and on her nose. This adds a bit more definition to her face and adds more color to the skin tone too.
I used Copic R20 (Blush) for the pinks.
To add some volume for the hair, I used a darker brown with the brush tip to create some wavy curves.
Step 6: Dark Lowlights
To finish off her long wavy hair, I used a dark brown and created soft curves with the brush tip where the hair might naturally have darker tones with a top right light source.
Hair Shades: E35 (base color) E25 (mid) and E18 (darkest).