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Tutorial: Skin Tones w Copics (VIDEO) by sambeawesome Tutorial: Skin Tones w Copics (VIDEO) by sambeawesome
This tutorial is meant for those with limited access to markers or can't afford too many (these puppies are expensive!). Each skin tone only uses three different markers, and there is a little overlap between colors.

I walk through the basics, cover lots of tips/advice, and offer 9 different skin tones. Should be very helpful for beginners :) (Smile)
If you use this tutorial, feel free to show me what you've made!

If you want to see a few extra colors, the full scanned chart, as well as the lineart of this dude, it's already available for my patrons over on my Patreon page: www.patreon.com/sambeawesome?t… :la:

See all my video tutorials here :dance:

Thanks for lookin'! Jigglypuff Marker Plz 
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BleachcakeCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have a recommended set for skin tones? I have a big box of copics, but they only really came with one color that's good for lighter skins so i was looking to get more flesh tones.
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016
Copic has their own skin tone set (here) though it'll probably be cheaper to buy them individually online. (my go to shop) Don't feel limited to earth tones though. There are some good YRs, Rs, and Vs that mesh well with other markers to produce a large variety of skin tones.
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BleachcakeCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super helpful! Thank you so much! I was able to get all the ones I was looking for for much cheaper!
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016
Fantastic! :D :highfive:
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Ajehandra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a really nicely made tutorial. I'm struggling to learn how to use Copic markers myself and this is pretty useful. I like it how you actually used less markers than it seems (the darker the skin got, you just used the darkest one from the previous skin tone). Do you have any tip for the brown/darkest skin tone 'shine' (the 8th skin tone)? Cause every time I use this darkest brown for shadows, there's a glossy film on a paper that shines a little and makes the shadow be... em... not shadowy? I'm not sure if it's my marker itself or I use too many layers, but I notice on your tutorial, that you have the same issue (or is it just me that I see it as an issue?).

Also, you have a nice voice!
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it and were able to get something out of it :)

I'm not sure what you mean by the shine, unless you mean when it's wet? There might be some glare from the wet alcohol and the light showing up as I color it in on my camera, but it dries completely matte. Just to double check, I went ahead and looked at some of my artworks where I used quite a few layers, and there is no gloss to them. If it's happening to you, my guess is that it's the paper. Perhaps try with different papers? Blob on lots of dark layers and see what happens? I've used Strathmore and normal computer paper, and I've never had this problem, regardless of the number of layers. (Or perhaps you're not waiting long enough for it to fully dry?) Sorry you're having trouble though! I hope you can figure it out :)

And thanks xD Used to be self-conscious of it when I first started recording, but now I'm used to it, haha.
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Ajehandra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm using a sketchbook paper (I get best blending results on it). But thanks for the tip! I'll try it out!
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
Good luck! :)
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Ned-Doodle Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Student General Artist
Fav'd as I actually am looking forward to using some in my own drawings. Thank you for the guide :)
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016
Awesome! So glad I could help ^^
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daliborgaric Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
Thanks!
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016
:hug:
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Anadreamerforever Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Student General Artist
This tutorial is terrific thank you!
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
Thank you! I'm glad you like it ^^
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SuleimanW116 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016
Terrific!
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016
Thanks!
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SuleimanW116 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
You're welcome, sorry for belated reply
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McHaneyIllustration Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016
Thanks!
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BlackAngel1207 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so useful, TY!
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
Awesome, you're welcome :D
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ScribbledInCrayon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to know for later on. I've been thinking of trying markers out, just not sure when since yes, copics are pricey.
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016
Happy to help :) The tips should work for most any alcoholic markers. The color codes obviously won't be the same though xD But yes, Copics are pricey :c
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ScribbledInCrayon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to know. If I can't get any copics, which is probably likely with the price tag they tend to have, at least it'll help with using other types that more in my price range. ^_^
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016
It really sucks that they're so pricey. Ciaos aren't too bad, plus you get the refillable aspect which most other markers don't have. I hear of new ones all the time on the market though, so definitely plenty of choices to go around :)
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ScribbledInCrayon Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have to look into those then the next time I shop around for supplies. I know there are a ton of choices, but there also some out there that just don't work as well as they should considering how much they cost, so I'm always kind of looking around for stuff. 
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Check out as many reviews as you can. I'd try to aim for refillable ones, but that's just me xD I'm surprised at how many /don't/ offer refills. It's putting the ink into a bottle instead of a marker. Then they'd be a /real/ competitor to Copics :/
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ScribbledInCrayon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Those do seem to have one heck of an advantage, since it seems like it'd be easier to just get the refils. Though of course, you also have to be sure that what refils are offered are good ones that don't run out so quickly you're buying them in bulk over and over again lol! So many factors! It should be easy, but it never is, is it?
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Edited Jun 21, 2016
Right? Seems like an obvious thing to produce if you're going to compete with them @_@ I talked with Winsor and Newton, as their brush markers were REALLY tempting, but they said they absolutely will not be producing refills. WHY NOT?! Winsor and Newton have some great products, it's such a shame :/

Least with Copics, you get a good few refills, around 5-7 from what I've heard, with each bottle. (For the same prices as one marker, it's a steal.) Personally, I have some refills, and from the way things are going, I'd easily pass 7 refills LOL. I seem to barely use any ink at all when I pour it in. I'm guessing they meant completely empty markers, not just topping it off, haha.

Ciaos seem like the best deal from what I've seen, if you include refills, but with so many new markers out there, I'm rather behind. I'd kill for a good competitor. Copic needs to bring their prices back down a few bucks. They used to be 4-5$ a marker (in stores, online it was 2-3$), and that was just a few years ago. The inflation is insane. From what I heard, it was due to resale companies charging so little so they upped it. :/
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Takkia Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very usefull, even I don't have markers. :D
Thank you for this! :aww:
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016
Oh, that's awesome! I'm glad ^^
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MattLovesArt1 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for the wonderful tutorial
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
You're very welcome! I hope it's helpful ^^
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stalker034 Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
аwesome great perfectly work!
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
Thank you ^^
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stalker034 Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
not at all my friendHug
+fav +fav +fav Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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KinimiHucashi Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Hey thanks for this! My sibling bought a bunch of copic markers (now their broke XD) and I might send this to them :D
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
You're very welcome! I hope it's helpful for them! (And yes, you do become broke after buying these, hahaa x'D)
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KinimiHucashi Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Student General Artist
I'll probably send it to them after the exam period is over :')
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Oh, best of luck to them!
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KinimiHucashi Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Yup, they'll be needing it XD Anyways, have a great day :)
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Naymechan Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't get the skin tone set rn, haha X3









*sighs* one day. one day
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
Be on the lookout for coupons or sales. Buying online is insanely cheaper than buying from a store, especially if you can buy them during a sale. If not, other alcohol markers are out there and available too, and watercolors are another great substitute ^^ Regardless, best of luck to you!
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Naymechan Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'll keep an eye out! :) :hug:
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G33kATr0id94 Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
This is a great tutorial ! ^^
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
Thanks so much! :D
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G33kATr0id94 Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
Not a problem ! ^^
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BluFlamingNinja Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
nice! :iconmnrthumbsupplz: 
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sambeawesome Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
Thanks! :highfive:
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Wolyafa Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great, I was thinking on giving copics a try when I can afford them :D
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