Violet Underneath: All About Shading

Did you know that UltraViolet is color of the year!? In this blog I wanted to write about shading, because we always struggle with that one and it's one of the most important things that will make your designs pop out and look more realistic.

 Products Used

FAB Purple
Petal Sponge
DFX Black, White and Red
Round Brush No.0
Mehron Starblend Black and White

Step 1

With petal sponge and FAB purple I've created basic shape for our Violet underneath design.Make it uneven and with no straight lines.

Step 2

Lining for this one doesn't have to be even,or same thickness. With my smallest No. 0 brush and DFX black I'm outlining shape of design making sure that those pointy edges are filed with black. This is the point where both sides are so close that their shades overlay.

Step 3

When your design is below the surface/skin, it's the edges of the "upper"surface that catch the light. Again with my smallest brush and DFX white I'm going around design over areas that would catch light naturally.

 Step 4

For below the surface shadows are inside sunken areas (to raise a surface white lining would go inside and shading outside). My light was from the top so upper parts of design are having bigger drop shadow. For shadowing, my favorite paint is black Mehron StarBlend. To finish my Violet underneath design I added bit of red around design to give the illusion of irritated skin. Use dry blending brush and just go over dry dark red few times, it should be enough, if you are not catching any color then first swipe the brush over wet wipe and then over the paint. With my white StarBlend I've blended those white edges to make them pop even more.

Quick summary of shading part:

When design is below the surface, it's the edges of the main/upper surface that catch the light (white lining) and shadows (black color) are inside the sunken areas.

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Coming from the small but beautiful country of Croatia, I am the owner artist of SlikaLica. I love working with kids and putting smiles on their faces.Painting fast, simple but pretty designs is my favorite thing in Facepainting!