High­lights and low­lights

Papercraft Inspirations - - OCCASIONS -


Vi­su­alise where the light will fall and sketch lines as a guide – imag­ine the light­est parts of the hair will pro­trude out. Take three mark­ers of sim­i­lar colours and roughly shade the dark­est parts. Then, flick the marker from the edges with a light stroke. Move to­wards the di­rec­tion of your light ar­eas. For the mer­maid I started with COPIC 100 Black, and for the boy I used E49 Dark Bark. 3

Fin­ish with the light­est colour, flick­ing in the high­light ar­eas. Don’t use a cir­cu­lar mo­tion as you don’t want to blend out the darker flicks in the hair. Lightly flick into the cen­tre to fill in any white space that’s left. I used C2 Cool Grey for the mer­maid, and E42 Sand White for the boy. Re­mem­ber, prac­tice makes per­fect! Rosemary is one of The Greet­ing Farm’s De­sign Team Lead­ers. She lives in Texas with her hus­band and son 2

To get thin, del­i­cate flick lines for fine shad­ing, I find it helps if my mark­ers are not too juicy. I take both lids off my Copics pens when colour­ing hair, to help get thin­ner lines. Now, bring in the medium marker and with the same flick­ing mo­tion, ex­tend the darker lines to­wards the high­light ar­eas. This time, for the mer­maid I used C7 Cool Gray and for the boy, E47 Dark Brown.

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