HOW TO: Skin Shading In IbisPaint 🌹

Hey everyone! I decided to make a tutorial on how I personally shade skin in IbisPaint. I am in no way claiming to be a professional, neither do I claim to be good at art. I’m simply showing people how I do it since it was requested! With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get into the steps!


Step one is finding & filling in the base color of the skin. When you have that down, we can get ready to move on to the next step.


Step two is finding the perfect shade color for your base skin color and filling in places where it makes sense. If you’re unsure of it, I recommend studying the way lights & shadows hit the human face. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because mine isn’t, but the shadow placement must make sense in a way.

If you’re unsure of how to get a good shade color for your skin, I recommend making your base skin color darker, then changing the hue of your color towards the right! Like this:


Add an even darker color of shade to add depth! Here’s how I picked a darker color:


Be sure that quick eyedropper is activated, because this is what will make it a lot easier & faster to blend the colors together. We don’t want to use the blur tool otherwise it’ll turn out way too blurry, rather than blended.

Proceed to use the quick eyedropper to pick up the color in between your base skin color, and your shade skin color, like this:


After we’ve picked up the color in between, we’re going to use the Pen Fade brush, turn the opacity down, and use a new layer to create light strokes around the shade color & base skin color, to blend it together. You’re going to have to use the eyedropper quite frequently when trying to blend the colors together, which is why using quick eyedropper makes it much easier.


Now we’re going to take a lighter shade from the base skin color, use the Pen Fade brush tool, and create highlights. I placed highlights where I thought looked best and went with that!


We take the Pen Fade brush tool again, and highlight the cheekbones, nose tip, nose bridge, and chin.

Then, take the eraser tool (use Pen Fade, again) and erase in between in inconsistent angles.

Turn the opacity down on the layer, and feel free to use the blur tool on any highlight you think looks too harsh!


Now I use the Round Brush (Angle) brush tool, use a dark brown color, and dot it all over the face. This can be used for either freckles, or skin detail. I used it for freckles in this example! I also took the Dip Pen brush tool, used a really bright yellow, and created extra detail in highlights.


Now I eyedrop my main shade color, select the airbrush tool, create a new layer & then airbrush the nose bridge and expand it towards the cheeks!


Add a few more details on the eyelid and the undereye, and the tutorial is done!


You’re free to add whatever else you want to these steps, and put your own twist into it, but this is how I shade skin! If you believe this tutorial was a bit sparse and unclear, please feel free to comment any questions below! I hope this helped someone though. :revolving_hearts::dizzy:

With all of that said, after seeing this tutorial, I would LOVE to see your attempt in recreating it! I will attach an outline to the drawing so you guys can go ahead and try it out yourself! Here ya go:


This is really helpful for beginners! Thank you :hugs:

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thank you, been looking for something exactly like this!

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Omg this is so helpful ima defo be using This. Thank you sm or this


This is really helpful! Tysm!


Thank u for this :rose:

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Hi, I just wanna know what type of brushes did u used?

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Bump :blob_hearts:

This will come in handy.


Imma practice this thx!

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I listed the brushes I used in the hidden texts! :slightly_smiling_face:

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hey girl! I want to ask you how you make your outlines? do you trace an image off the web? do you use an image as a reference? or do you just do it from your head? I personally struggle with this portion of art and I wanna see what others do!



With my recent drawings, I’ve been practicing using references for a number of reasons: One, I don’t want to develop same-face syndrome. While an established art-style is great, it seems to be as if a lot of artists use that excuse to draw the same face over and over again. You can have an art-style while completely avoiding same-face syndrome. Two, as I’m diving in deeper into the world of semi-realism, I want to make sure my proportions are seemingly correct. Human-face proportions are something you can practice in a ton of different ways, but from personal experience references is the one practice that has worked quite well for me. Three, I want to experiment with shading, coloring, and different color palettes. Sometimes, I have trouble coming up with a color scheme that fits well with the character I drew without reference. Having a color scheme that’s already established helps me. It’s also a great practice if you really want to practice your shading and highlighting. Having references next to you while drawing, you get an idea of where shadows and lights should be placed. With enough practice, you’ll get the general idea of it unless you’re doing advanced lighting and shadow.

Reference photos are something I definitely recommend to anyone starting out on semi-realism/hyper-realism, however, you don’t want to depend on them. It’s important to make sure while you’re using references for your drawings, even a few of them are drawn at the top of your head.


wow thank you for that :grin: I really appreciate it!


No problem :heart:


What brush did you use?

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Bump :cupid: :cupcake: