Skin tones can be reproduced incorporating lights, halftones and shadows with a flesh tone color base. Lee Hammond's book "The Great Book of Drawing by Lee Hammond" (Lee Hammond's Big Book of Drawing) recommends a selection of colored pencils that can be used to make these skin tones look natural. This selection of shades of peach, beige and coffee, offered by Prismacolor, was specially developed to color flesh. Prismacolor pencils are popular because they are not expensive but can leave a rich deposit of color. The manufacturer sells pencils separately and boxes with the commonly used flesh tones.
Select the colored pencils, choosing four complementary colors. With natural lighting, the skin has many shades, not just one, and introducing other colors can help give the skin a more natural appearance. First, choose a color, such as the Prismacolor beige pencil, as the base on which to build the other colors. The other necessary colors should be one for lights (light peach), another for halftones (roasted ocher) and another for shadows (brown sienna). The effect of these crayons can be improved by drawing on a textured Bristol paper, because friction can help extract more of the pigment from the colored pencil.
Fill in the object drawn with the beige base using the "soft stroke" technique shown in the book "Drawing and Painting People: The Essential Guide" (Drawing and Painting People: The Essential Guide). This stroke is achieved using a pencil with a very sharp point and coloring the face gently using thin lines close to each other. Place the base color before fusing the strokes with a scissors to make them look perfect.
Apply halftones and shadows to the drawing using the two darker colored pencils. Roasted ocher is a medium brown color that can be used to give a tonal definition to the skin. This color can be applied using the same soft strokes in places like the temples, under the eyes and the cheek area, to help define the face. For darker folds and shadows, the Prismacolor sienna brown can be applied using a denser and harder stroke. This dark shade can help accentuate the shadows under the neck, or holes such as the nostrils and ears. Add hits of roasted ocher and brown siena little by little on the page, mixing them with the scissors. It is easier to add more pigment to a drawing than to remove it.
Introduce lights to skin tone by adding light peach color to areas where light would hit the object naturally. If you are drawing a face, these areas may be half of the forehead, the top of the cheekbones, the tip of the nose or the lip arch.Use soft strokes, mixing the lighter color with the beige base tone with the mixing tool. Illuminating the skin can be the final touch, helping to give the flesh of the face a natural appearance.