Challenge #3 – Skin & Muscle Definition

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Challenge #3 – Skin & Muscle Definition

Hello Colour addicts!!

We’re back with our third challenge and well let’s just say you are probably about to squirm! insert *evil laugh* here…  muahhahahaaa

But first I want to thank you all for taking on the colouring eyes challenge. It was fantastic to see everyone discussing their process in the Make it Crafty private FB group and to see how you improved throughout the month too! Well done everyone! We’ll be back on the 14th of the month to announce the winners!

The challenge

Each month we’ll challenge you to TWO challenges. An easy challenge to whet your appetite and then a hard challenge to get you to explore new ideas and grow more confident.

This month it’s all about colouring skin but not only that, I want you to take it an extra step and learn a little more about ‘muscle definition’. How you shape the knees and legs, the arms, cheekbones etc… I want you to study photos or even paintings/drawings to see how the ‘structure’ and shape is built.

Want Feedback??
We’re not experts in this field and it was a real challenge for us too, but we’re here to encourage you along the way so if you would like to receive feedback on your project and advice on how you can improve – pop over to the Make it Crafty private FB group and post your project there where we can actively interact with you. Just make sure to let us know ‘what’ you would like advice on or you may not receive the help you are after. :)


Easy Challenge – Use skin colours you don’t normally use

I want you to throw aside your ‘go to’ colours for skin, and try something new! You might like to try warm yellows as a base, darker browns, even mixing in purples to get your shadows. I want you to experiment with new colours so you can see more possibilities available to you when mixing your colours together. It is important that you list the new colours you have used on your blog post when entering the easy challenge.


 Unfortunately the DT girls were so interested in learning about muscle definition that I don’t have any recent examples to share so I have dug through some images and pulled out some old examples.

One of our previous challenges was to try darker coloured skin. This was quite the challenge at the time as we so often colour Caucasian skin colours.


barbara zoe


Hard Challenge – Define the muscle and bone structure

Personally this is a tough one for me and one I am very interested in learning. Just like learning and practising folds in clothing, my new personal challenge is to learn more about the body and how to define the shape of body parts, such as knees, muscles in the legs and face etc. How does the light fall and cast shadows etc… So this is my challenge to your this month.

You can study photos or paintings/drawings and then try colouring characters legs, arms and faces using the knowledge you have gained. Ask yourself, where might the knee be positioned or where would the cheek bone catch the light? What about the eyes? They are pushed in, and protected by the brow bone so would need some shading to show depth…

I know it will be scary at first, but just like the eyes, once you start to look for these elements you will begin to imagine how they might look on the character you are colouring. Then all you need to add to the equation is practise and in time you will get better with your imagination and application.

I really hope you’ll give this one a shot!

Here’s some inspiration from the team…














Pop back on the 14th of the month to see MORE inspiration from the rest of the team!!

 Challenge Details:
A new challenge will be posted on the 1st of each month and finish at the end of the month.
You must include at least ONE Make it Crafty image – this can include a background image and can be combined with images from other brands.
This is a COLOURING challenge and must include some type of colouring whether it be with markers, pencils, paints, distress inks or even finger painting. The choice is yours! :D
You can enter as many times as you like as long as each project is a new creation. (No Back linking)
You CAN combine both challenges into one project and enter the same project into BOTH link ups.
You DO NOT have to make a card and can submit your coloured image only. Please make sure you WATERMARK the image with you name.

Winners will be announced on the 14th of the month
There are NO random winners.
The DT will vote at the end of the challenge and ‘One’ winner will be selected from each Challenge
A top 3 will be selected across ALL entries


A $15 Gift Voucher will be rewarded to the winner of each challenge.


Enter your Project Here



  1. annie November 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Great examples here. I just love this challenge as I personally get to learn a bit more about using different colours. The eyes one was really fab…thanks Zoe…oh plus I get to use my MIC images more..xx

  2. Sandra Dow November 2, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Now this I like!!!

  3. Andrea Tully November 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Hi, just wondering if you have to use a make it crafty image for the focus?

  4. Glynda November 26, 2013 at 2:28 am - Reply

    These are great. Good job everyone. Is the private Facebook page by invite only, or can any one join in.

  5. Carla Suto November 27, 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Fantastic examples for inspiration! I gave it a go and combined both challenges! Thanks for the stretch!

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