For my next Tutorial I have created a skull. Personally I find it easier to get the shape of the skull down first to make sure it's in proportion and equal. So I fill in my shaded areas first using Global Silver and Wolfe Black.
I then lay down some colour to create the bone structure of the skull and I love the Tag One Stroke Teddy Bear because it has a really natural organic colour to it and helps me create my highlights and shadow at the same time. Just position the white towards the top and the brown towards the bottom and blend it in as you go. I don't think the colour needs to be too tidy at this stage so I don't spend much time perfecting it. Just pay attention to where the highlights need to go. The forehead, brows, cheekbones, nose and chin should all have highlights.
I then start applying some black line work to emphasize the eye sockets, temples, cheek hollows, nasal cavity. These will also form the basis for the facial expression, the frown.
Then I consider where the highlights would go along the eye sockets, nasal cavity, brown lines, teeth and gums etc and lay these in with some Wolfe White.
The face can be left there as a simple skull design...
...or it can be decorated further to create a more intricate sugar skull.
I hope this provides a good basis for a skull for you. Please feel free to experiment with colours, shapes, linework to alter the impact of your design. I would love to see your skull designs so please have a go and post your pictures on the blog!
Lots of Love
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