How to Color Skin, Part 2:
Developing Warms and Cools

This video is the second tutorial in a series of tutorials that cover the techniques I use for coloring light skin tones.

How to Color Skin, Part 1

How to Color Skin, Part 3
How to Color Skin, Part 4
How to Color Skin, Part 5

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  1. Hi! Chris,

    Just wanted to let you know that I am going to be redoing a picture I had done a year ago, but this time I am going to use the techniques in this video. I want to see what kind of effect I get, doing something different from the norm.

    Here is the before picture. 😉


  2. Taaadaaa!!! After watching the video I went back and looked at the picture again and where the shadows would fall and the highlights on the skin. Using the warm and cool really helped me seeing the depth of where my shadows ( blues ) would fall. It makes sense, when you think about it. When doing the first picture I only used a darker shade of the flesh tone to show shadow, but using the blue really changed the picture for me. Also bringing in more of a pinkish color as a warm color helped me bring out the skin. This really helped me see, a different way to doing things. I will continue on the path that I am on and see how this techniques works for me with my future pinups. Thank you so much for posting these helpful video!!!! I look forward to seeing more in the future. 🙂


    • Hi Tabatha, thank you for including the pictures! The difference between the two drawings is amazing! In the second drawing you really nailed the warm cool relationships and really brought the character to life. I love the pinks on the cheeks and shoulders, but my favorite part is the distant arm 🙂 It really looks like it’s behind her body! Awesome job, can’t wait to see more.

  3. I tried some of the techniques From your videos out today, and the result was amazing! I’ll attach two images, one from a week or two ago, and the lil one I tried them on. Both I only spent about half an hour on, but it’ll give you an idea.

  4. These posts helped a ton, thanks alot!

    • Hi Bella, thank you for sharing these with us! It’s amazing how much of a difference using warms and cools can make. In the first drawing the line work and color are really good and everything is well blended, but it looks so much flatter when compared to the second drawing that uses warms and cools! Great work! Keep it up, I can’t wait to see more!

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