Testing 16 SKIN TONE Sets – WHICH IS BEST?

Testing 16 SKIN TONE Sets – WHICH IS BEST?


From Crayola to Copic, I’m going to be testing 16 skin tone pecs for artists. Let’s get into it. As usual I have an amazing chart here made up so that we can compare all of our different art supplies and track our results. I’ve got three charts. Our first is alcohol markers. Next up is colored pencils and finally other various markers and our supplies. We of course have the brand of our item, how much the pack itself costs, how many items per a pack you get, how much each piece costs individually, do you have to buy the light and dark skin tones separately, or do they come together, And then of course, we are going to swatch all of our skin tones. And after I swatch each piece I’m going to do a little doodle including some of the skin tones and just kind of see what you can make out of them and when I say a doodle I do mean a quick doodle. Starting off with the most popular item Alcohol markers. And because I want to start off with our cheapest item working our way to the most expensive in each category We are going to start off with Ohuhu. In total this pack is going to cost you $30.80. Now, This is in US dollars just for your information. There are 24 pieces in the pack and it comes to about $1.28 per marker. One skin tone pack. Okay, so it’s not perfect but this looks like a decent gradient from a yellowy to a pinky to an orangey to a brown and that’s what I’m gonna go with. So we’ll see what that looks like. Well, okay, so I just opened the first one and it is so green. I mean it is called green, but I’m I’m terrified but uhm, let’s just jump into these and starts swatching. So there’s no question that Ohuhu really covers a lot of different skin tones and I love that.
Love the inclusifity- “Inclusifity?!” Okay. So now that our swatching is officially done I thought it would be fun to do a couple of doodles only using the skin tones and Some black markers. So let’s see if I can avoid nudity or I don’t know get creative with the colors we have. [Music] Here are our two different skin toned characters using the Ohuhu markers. I really enjoy the different tones you can get. It’s a very very yellow yellow but I think it- I think it’s really fun to have this many skin tones and I really felt like I wasn’t held back by any shades or blushes. Overall, I think this is a solid skin tone pack. Moving on to our next alcohol marker brand, we have the Windsor and Newton brush markers. In total both packs of these markers came to 32 US dollars together. Together you do get 12 markers, but again, if you do want just the light pack or just the dark pack it is six colors.
Which brings us to $2.67 per marker. And again, it is two packs of markers if you do want to get both the dark and light skin tones. Yes, these are both almond. So if you get the dark and the light skin pack you’re gonna have one overlapping color that I can tell so far… Alright, so let’s go ahead and start swatching. We do have a difference in packs. So I do want to keep them separated just though that you can see which pack comes with which markers. So right away I couldn’t help but notice the dark skin tone pack is half light skin tones. I know it’s important to build upon your colors when you see markers, but those are- Those are some pale colors. And our light skin pack is very light so I think it’s going to be difficult to build upon some of the shadows when it comes to the light skin tone. Probably could have used some more variety, but there it is. Either way here is our 12 different skin tones. Let’s make a quick doodle. [Music] And here are our two armless girls from the Windsor and Newton Pro markers. Again, Not as much variety obviously as the Ohuhu markers. So definitely something that you might want to consider when looking for skin tones. Don’t know why their armless, but there they are. Our next alcohol marker skin tone pack is going to be from spectrum noir. Together these two sets of markers are 33 dollars and 70 cents. In total there are 12 markers bringing them to about $2.80 per marker. And again, you do have to buy two different packs if you do want to get the full range of skin tones. Okay, let’s start swatching. [Music] I definitely think I like the variety and brightness in the colors on the spectrum noir compared to the Windsor Newton. These just seem a little bit more dull and these just seem to have more variety in color and just more more colorful. But let’s see if we can get a cute doodle with these. [Music] Something that spectrum noir mentioned on our packaging is that their markers are really good for layering because their ink is a little bit more transparent and to be honest, they are really good at layering. Look how much of a different tone you can get by just putting a second layer down. It looks incredibly different and it seems especially useful when working with skin tones. [Music] So this one ended up turning out really silly. We’ve got our strongman and our little boy looking at him in aspiration and I just have to compare the brightness or just the vibrancy of the two different colors. I definitely like this one for a more cartoony style. This one just seems a little bit more dull. This being the Winsor Newton and this one the spectrum noir So just something to consider when picking out skin tone marker packs. Next up is the chameleon color tones double ended alcohol markers. Or I guess they call themselves pens. This pack of five markers will run you at $20.70. You get five markers which brings you to a whopping $4.14 per marker and it just comes in one pack. So really quick I’m going to go ahead and just swatch the colors as is and then we will get to testing out some of the blending. So what makes these markers the second most expensive marker on here even though you only get five different colors? Well, let me show you. This marker, if you can’t tell, is very long, and it comes with something called a diluting chamber. So if you take your marker apart like so… and you put the colored marker part into the diluting chamber where the tips just touch turn it upside down so that gravity does the work leave it for a few seconds and now you have this tip that is bleeding into the other tip. Take our darkest marker and then put them together to where we are now transferring the lightest color into the darkest marker leave that for a… few seconds. Now this is my first time doing it. So if this doesn’t turn out well… Definitely my fault. I will admit to that. Ooh! Look at that so it started off kind of rough And it might just be because I needed to break the marker in but look at that amazing gradient from our nude to our burnt umber. That is crazy. So this is just a few examples of combinations you can create using these five markers. It’s really unique. It’s fun. It’s interesting. But let’s see what sort of doodle we can create using this gradient marker. [Music] So I’m not someone who likes to really render and do gradient shades on their art, I don’t know I feel like this this might be good if you like to do that sort of thing But I don’t have a lot of experience So I’m not sure… It’s interesting fun to play around with gradients but I don’t think it’s for me and obviously the range of tones is pretty lacking even with that gradient. Moving on to our most expensive and most popular brand we have Copic markers. $33.90. This is the most expensive pack of markers. You only get six markers and they are going to run you a whopping $5.65 a marker. You only need one pack. Let’s swatch our range of Copic skin tones. And for funsies, let’s just go ahead and see if we can create a nice smooth gradient between the five skin tones. And see what we can come up with. [Music] Finishing up our alcohol marker category we have this silly little Gnome boy. I think he turned out really nice. I think Copic markers are really unique in the sense that they are very soft when it comes to color and tone and just I really like the way this little guy turned out. I think he’s silly. I love the blending of the colors and I really like him. And with that let’s move on to our colored pencil category. As usual starting off with our cheapest brand and our most known brand. We have Crayola. This pack of colored pencils will run you $1.80. Quite a bargain With this pack you do get eight different colored pencils and that will cost you a whopping 23 cents per pencil. They do only offer one pack of pencils so all of these skin tones, you see here are what you’re going to get. Thank You, Mr. Kitty. And with that let’s start swatching these. [Music] Okay, I’m going to stop goofing on Crayola and get to doodling. [Music] So here it is. Here is our pale baby using Crayola Colored pencils. Next up is actually the product that sparked the idea for this video. Handmade modern. And to be honest, The packaging is actually what caught my eye. This pack comes to $5.30. In this pack you do get a total of 12 colors and that ends up running you a total of 44 cents per colored pencil and this is the only pack you get so one pack for all of the skin tones. With that being said, let’s go ahead and swatch these colored pencils. I will say there is quite a variety here as far as like obviously black and white goes we do have like a pinkish color some yellows and then darker Browns. It seems like this set focuses on tanned colors or darker colors. Let’s get into doodling something. [Music] So obviously I took inspiration from the packaging of these colored pencils. I had so much fun creating these faces. There were so many colors to make skin hair makeup lips. This was so much fun. I seriously enjoyed these colored pencils. Next up is a brand I’ve only seen on Amazon So I’m not really sure about their availability. This is black widow brand colored pencils. If you want both skin tone packs this will run you $25.60. Together with both packs you do get 24 colored pencils running you at $1.06 per pencil. Like I mentioned this is two packs, so you do have a light and a dark skin tone and let’s just take a look really quick the dark tones they look like some dark colors we have our light Gray’s Purple’s in dark Browns. But can we just take a peek at these light tones? I mean, these are some neon pink and purple colors. I’m curious to see what these look like. So… Let’s get to swatching. [Music] Like I had thought the dark skin tones seemed pretty legit, but the light skin tone Wow, it’s just a bunch of pinks and oranges and just obnoxious colors that I wouldn’t think our skin tones, but who knows that they might be fun to play around with. So… Let’s get to Doodling. [Music] So, I don’t know if it’s just because the light skin tones were so bad or maybe the quality of these colored pencils are just not the greatest, but I didn’t enjoy working with these at all. I felt like the shading even for the dark tones were really weird and awkward. I had more fun with Crayola and handmade modern as opposed to this. There are so many colors. There are 24 colors here and I just don’t like the way the colored pencils feel. So overall Don’t don’t like these. I mean can we be honest the colors between these light tones that are on the packaging and these? definitely don’t match up, but we’re gonna move on. Next up, We have the prismacolor brand colored pencils and Is this weird to say? They smell like colored pencils. This pack will run you at $26.50 with a total of 24 colored pencils that cost $1.10 apiece and thankfully this comes as one pack of colored pencils. [Music] All right, let’s get to sketching some characters with our swatched colored pencils. [Music] So here is our prismacolor Skintone doodle. I actually really enjoyed the skin tones and the quality of these pencils So I liked it. There you go. And for the last brand in our colored pencil category we have Derwent at $8.70 per a skin tone Pack. Only get six pencils which comes to about a $1.45 per pencil. So in this pack, you do get a variety of skin tones, even those only six pencils it’s just one Pack. Alright, so now that we have our color swatched, let’s doodle something using these tones. [Music] So that is it for the Derwent colored pencils and I actually quite enjoyed these colors. I enjoyed the way the pencils worked and I had a lot of fun creating these portraits. Okay, let’s move on to our miscellaneous category. Starting off with Construction paper?
I know it’s kind of odd. I saw this pack while I was shopping for skintone things I thought heck why not? Let’s do it. So this pack of giant pieces of construction paper will cost you $7 and in this pack you do get 50 pieces of construction paper but there are not 50 different skin tones. That will run you about 14 cents Per piece of paper. Is that a deal? I have no idea. I haven’t bought construction paper in many many years. And you also just need one pack to get all of the skin tones. So let’s go ahead and get our swatches. I guess I’m just going to cut out the pieces and and put them on on there? We’ll do some little squares. These last two browns here are just a little too similar for me. I do see that they were going for like a more reddish tone compared to this one But it’s just too similar. You can see that this one is clearly a little more yellow and this one’s a little bit more of a pinky pale tan color but these two are just so similar You almost can’t even tell them apart. So that’s kind of lame, but I I can see what they were going for. Let’s- Let’s do some cute little cutout Drawings- Are like drawings? I don’t know. They’re crafty things. We’re gonna have fun with this really quick. I I think it’ll be fun. Let’s get into it. [Music] Okay, so I may have gotten a little carried away with our cutout people but I had so much fun with these they are just so shapely so expressive so adorable and unique and different than- I’m having trouble picking them up! I mean look at these guys. They’re so much fun. They’re like dancing together. This was a lot of fun. I kind of got the construction skintone as a joke, but to be honest probably the most fun so far. Next up we have the Crayola multicultural crayons at $4.90. In total you get eight crayons at 61 cents per crayon and in one pack you get all of your skin tones. Okay, let’s swatch. [Music] Okay, I’ll be honest I’m impressed with this with this gradient test. Alright, okay. Let’s test out and do a little doodle. [Music] Okay, I forgot how cute and adorable and fun crayons can be. Look- look at this. It was really messy. It’s sloppy, but it has a certain charm to it. And I absolutely had a lot of fun with these. Now, this isn’t a crayon review. So as far as skin tones go I actually really like these. It’s playful and colorful and they include a vast variety. The one thing I do wish is that they had like a pink or a red so that you could add blush to the skin, but other than that love these. Let’s move on. Next up in the miscellaneous category we have another Crayola product. It’s the classic washable Crayola markers. The pack of Multicultural Crayola markers is going to run you eight US dollars. You do get eight markers and a pack which obviously takes you at exactly one dollar per marker. And it is just one pack. These colors look really nice and kind of pastel II so I’m pretty excited to swatch them. [Music] So I have to say I’m just a little bit disappointed at the lack of variety in the colors. They look a lot different but the caps don’t match at all. This is so much lighter than the actual result same with this one very similar and then again especially the cap is so much lighter than the actual color. So these three Browns here are almost exactly the same which is kind of disappointing but I mean for kids our supply I’m sure it does the job. Also in what world is this pink color beige? And then especially if you’re going to call this golden beige. This is definitely like a pink blush and a straight-up brown but that that’s okay, Crayola. Probably the worst attempt of a gradient ever. Oh my goodness. Okay, let’s just go ahead and to sketching something with these markers. [Music] Here is our finished character for the Crayola markers set. I just felt like the skin tones were more targeted towards a tan Body, so I went with just a single darker character. I really appreciated the pink color because I was able to add some really soft Rosy cheeks, which I really enjoyed and also use the pink and red color for some clothes for once. Honestly, I feel like these simple Crayola products are really fun and nice for my style. So I’m really enjoying them. Next up we have the tombow dual brush Water-based pens. This portrait palette will run you $23.10. In total you do get 10 markers or I guess pens which comes to about 2 dollars and 31 Cents per a pen and this comes in one skin pack. That being said, let’s go ahead and start swatching these. [Music] So I really do like the variety in this skin tone pack though I do have to note our last color is black and then our second-to-last pen is going to be a colorless blender. So… Really I guess there should only be 9 in this pack. They do blend okay together alone. I do feel like they kind of do care up the paper a bit So I will have to be careful with that. Oh Wow. The paper is getting destroyed. So let’s get to doodling. [Music] So here is another silly set of faces done this time with the Tom bow pens a lot of fun with these and just makes me realize how differently of a style with each of these mediums I’ve been working with but at the same time having so much fun with it. So, there you go. Next up is the art supply I have been most looking forward to trying. It’s the watercolor confections art philosophy. When looking for skin tone packs when doing this video there wasn’t… well actually, I think this was the only watercolor set that I could find and I think the reason for that is because watercolors probably the best way to use watercolors is to mix your own colors. That’s why watercolors mostly come in small sets because it’s good to get into a habit of mixing your own watercolors. Both so that you know how to mix colors and also because to be honest you’re probably going to end up mixing your own colors even if you have a huge set. This set costs $28.20 You get twelve colors in this set. Which brings you to about $2.35 per 1/2 pan of watercolor and you get one set. So all the skin tones you need are here. [Music] Wow, okay, they were not kidding around when they said highly pigmented. These are some pigmented colors and I do like the variety of colors, but like I mentioned I can’t help but look at these watercolors and think “Okay. What can I create by mixing these two colors together?” It’s just really unusual to look at watercolors and be like, “Okay, I’m going to use them straight out of the pan.” But I’m going to try to do just that so that we can use these as they are. So let’s get to doodling. [Music] So here is our final Watercolor illustration with our three characters. I had really fun splattering some watercolors. I did end up mixing some of the colors together because I just weren’t exactly what I was looking for. Let’s move on to our final skintone pack. Posca pens are acrylic paint markers, and I bought this set when I originally bought posca pens for the first time. This set will run you $29.40. This is an 8 pack of pens and that totals at around $3.68 per a pen. And you get one set of skin tones. [Music] We have some really dark Browns some intense reds absolute yellows. Posca pens are really fun to just exaggerated with. So here we go. Let’s get into our final doodle of this video. [Music] Okay, so I promise this isn’t the best I can do with posca pens, but it’s still really fun to see the exaggeration of shading and colors with posca pens. So… There’s that. So overall I don’t think there’s one art supply I can really recommend for skin tones. I think it really just boils down to your preference for art supply and what kind of style you’re going for. I had a lot of fun with this one. So thank you so much for watching. Stay golden! But before I go a huge shout out to all my patrons for all of their support. You guys are seriously amazing. If you want secret sketches, early access to my videos, and more, check out the link to my patreon in the description! Thank you guys, seriously so much for the support. Bye!! [Music]

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