This is a quick “how to” on how I colour black hair on an image. I have used the 5 grey pens in the “Cool Grey” collection but you would apply the same principals if you were using the Ice Greys or the Warm Greys. I am not an expert, this is just how I would go about it!! I have used a Gorjuss girl image available from Funky Kits.
Stamp desired image in a suitable ink. I have used Memento Tuxedo black ink on SU! Whisper white cardstock. Then take your palest colour, Cool Grey 1 in this case and colour the whole of the hair.
Work your way up through the shades from palest to darkest. Each time I move to the next shade I take the colour over less of the hair. This gives a graduated look working from the roots of the hair, where you would expect it to be darkest, to the areas where you would expect to see light reflecting, eg, where the hair curves over her shoulders or on the fringe.
With the Cool Grey 1 (palest) pen again, go over the whole area using it to blend any harsh lines between shades.You may then want to “touch up” or tweak with the other pens any areas you think need more shading.
With either the black Promarker or a Letraset black fineliner (my preference) go over the areas sparingly where you would expect to find the darkest shadows (roots, behind neck, overlapping areas etc.). You may then want to use a white gel pen to highlight the areas of highest light reflectivity.
This last picture is the completed image . I have used the same technique on the tights – colouring with Cool Grey 1, 3 and the black fineliner. For her dress I have used Cool Grey 1 and 2 on the areas where the fabric folds or curves.
Hope this helps. Any other tips or suggestions are always welcome by the DT so don’t be afraid to share!!