10 December 2015

The 12 Designers Of Christmas - Designer #5 Trish Latimer

Hello!
So.. where were we? oh yes, Inktense pencils!
Yesterday I went on a bit about these, letting you all know just how much I like them!
I thought I would give you a little 'how to' on the shades of Inktense I used to colour the face on the whimsy girl in today's project.... but first, here she is in her finished state!


 My usual skin tones are a bit paler and more 'burn the second you see the sun' , but I really like changing things up sometimes! So.... lets begin!
Obviously we need to sketch out our girl first! As we're using watersoluble pencils, we will be using water.... :) So, you will need to work on watercolour paper or card.  As there are so many brands out there, I would recommend trying a few to see which you like best? My 'big' tip is to work on HOT press paper, as it's smoother than cold press. Unless you want a more textured look, of course!


The first colour used is baked earth...



As you can see, I coloured a line all around the edge of the face, adding a little extra around the cheekbones and above the eye sockets. Next, take a waterbrush or wet paintbrush, and go over the whole face, moving the colour released once the pencil is wet into the centre...


The idea is that the most intense colour is around the edges, getting paler towards the middle around the nose and between the eyes. I dry this off with a heat gun before going in with the next colour.
Which is...... Willow.



A darker shade, do the same as you did with the baked earth, but less of it! Again, use the waterbrush to dissolve the pigment and blend it..



This looks quite dark, once the hair in in place the dark shadow around the hairline will make more sense!
The third colour is Fuschia. It looks a bit dark when you draw it on...



But it will be very pink once the water is added! Use a little under the eyes/on the top of the cheekbones, and a little more over the outside edge of the eyes. Blend using your waterbrush, make sure there are no harsh pink lines anywhere!



The next addition seems to bring the whole thing together...



A touch of white in a rough triangular shape works wonders! Start at the tip of the nose, and work upwards and outwards to a wider area on the forehead...



Eyes next... I chose blue. Draw a thick line around the pupil...



The water will spread the colour throughout the iris, giving a shaded effect...



You may notice I've also added a dot of pink in the corners of the eyes too! The lips were coloured with red pencil, then I used a couple of 'non Inktense' products! Black fineliner pen for the pupils, and to outline the top of each eye, and a white paint pen to add in the tiny highlight dots...



 She still looks a bit odd with no hair as the shading doesn't really work.... it looks better when hair is coloured in!



The background was kept very simple, just a wash of blue and some music paper stars..
Her dress was red pencil, with white dots...




Fingers crossed that was a little bit helpful?! 
Don't forget, to be in with a chance at winning the mixed media bundle up for grabs, you need to leave a comment on the posts of all 12 designers during this whole extravaganza! I'm designer number 5... so go back and add any you may have missed!
We will be back tomorrow with another spotlight on an exciting brand!
Have a great day,
Trish xxxxx





24 comments:

Karen Petitt said...

These pencils are at the top of my list of once they've gone lol! I have older watercolour pencils that I am using up right now so when they gone I shall replace with these: the pigment rich colours are fabulous. Thanks for sharing how you coloured her with us too Trish, I started out learning how to draw whimsical faces in January and I've only been brave enough to draw them with watercolour pencils twice but after this I will try again.
This Design Team gives awesome inspirations and great tutorials - thank you for that Karen x

Glennis said...

Fabulous Trish! Thanks for the tutorial too - those pencils must be so useful

Jane said...

Thanks for sharing your tips for shading, her eyes with the lashes are gorgeous x

Clare Lloyd said...

She is fabuoous

Redanne said...

This is such a great tutorial Trish, I can see that I need to add a few more colours to my collection before I can have a go at doing a face though. Your drawing and colouring of the girl is superb. x

Nikki Killinger said...

Fab tutorial Trish, such clear instruction and pics too. I NEEED these pencils now.... xx

Linda said...

Thanks for the tutorial Trish ...... she's gorgeous!!! These pencils have now just gone to the top of my Wish List!!! xx

Karen Gist said...

I have the full set of these amazing pencils and have often been sad that there were no face colours. Thank you so much Trish for showing the way x

Julie Steed said...

Great tips on using pencils! I hardly ever pull mine out, but I'm tempted now. Wonderful, Trish!

Ann Bletcher said...

I have some of these at the back of a drawer somewhere, never know how to use them. Will be getting them out and having a go as your example is excellent.

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous and a great tut!!

Wrightboysmum said...

What a great tutorial. Thank You😀

Craftyfield said...

Give me pencils over alcohol markers any day... so much easier to control, less temperamental, and more of a chance to correct before the colour dries! Plus they are cheaper and last for ages.

darcydaydream said...

Fab tutorial.....another crafty thing for my wish list....x

Rita Montgomery said...

Great tutorial and pictures. I have these pencils but really don't know how to use them. Thanks

Caroline said...

Absolutely brilliant, as always with you! I have 5 of these pencils & my own attempts weren't great so back in the box they went, colouring books closed "can't do it", my end thought. Defeatist is me when I don't "get it right". Now that you have shown some instructions, I might try again. Not drawing faces though, I really cannot draw. I plan to add to pencils, just priorities with spending.
I have lost count of the years you have inspired me. Trish, your abilities are endless (said with no envy at all.... lol). We do at least share the same skin, SPF50 all year for me!
Thank you lots! C

Dawn Louise said...

Thanks for this tutorial. It's weird I was just wondering the how to colour faces with them as I've just got the full set of Pencils. Great breakdown, explanation and love your finished piece. Fabulous x

Renee said...

This is a great tutorial! I can't wait to try it out.

Giorgia Rossini said...

great tutorial and lovely whimsical fairy

dragonriding said...

Love the whimsical idea Trish...

Asia King said...

Love this tutorial! Inktense pencils are my all time favourites but I do struggle with skin tones. Very helpful, thanks Trish! xx

Gemma Maggs said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial Trish. she's gorgeous xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

I absolutely love how,you bought her face alive Trish. Gorgeous whimsical piece . Tracy x

Team Clark said...

This is fabulous Trish! Makes me want to draw so badly!!!