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Some notes on color by Arenheim Some notes on color by Arenheim
These are some ideas I wrote down a while ago with the intention of making an actual tutorial on color ('cause I was asked to), but as they so often do, time and energy got in the way. Plus I'm just not sure which direction to go in. There's a lot to color...but when you work with it to a point where you're semi-comfortable with it, it's not really something that's consciously thought about a whole lot.. You just start picking the appropriate colors instinctually, or you can see that colors aren't working together, without fully considering why. So I just wrote down my personal approach. Color is just something I do, not so much something I think about....though I'm trying to change that.

=Spekle and I have been talking about color harmony a bit though, so this kinda focuses on that I guess.

SO! If you have any questions about this, or want me to pick a specific color idea to make a specific tutorial on, please let me know.

Edit: I didn't really think this would get such a large response, but since it did I just wanted to clarify a couple of things. This isn't really a complete tutorial, more like notes that I wrote out trying to get my thoughts on color in order. I just decided to post it 'cause... I don't know, thought someone might get some use out of it (especially my two bffs =Spekle and ~happygurl4evr -3-). I understand color fully, it's tutorials I'm not so good at...

So here's a couple of significant points I didn't bring up,
- This is relevant to digital coloring specifically. Mixing colors is very different depending on the medium you're using.
- That said, you can quite successfully mix colors digitally with a roughly 50% brush (at least in SAI and PS, which are all I use)
- You can also get a Key Color by working with colored paper/colored canvas. This mostly applies to traditional media, unless you do most of your coloring on one layer for digital.
- Color is all about trial and error, in my opinion. You just gotta jump into it, throw colors together, and see what happens. However it's much easier when you understand the nature of the color wheel. Once you can integrate that information into your thought process, that's when it becomes something you consciously think about less. You'll know what colors work together just like it's common knowledge. But again, that's just my opinion.

And eventually I will make a proper tutorial on color. >.<


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Sbjaca Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this! :D 
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WritingRin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
New information! Thanks! <3
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chronitonic Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
wow that's pretty incredible I need to come back and look at this again naturally insightful to have colors that harmonize, key colors too way cool ya'll
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Arenheim Featured By Owner May 25, 2013   General Artist
I'm glad you found it useful! :D
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fishburger Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey, this looks really useful. It's sure gonna help me working with colours. :D
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congatrehp Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very...very...very useful!my palette is so awful.i'm vietnamese in my country,nobody tell me like this and how i can improve it!can you help me? i realy like it. you are my inspiration! .i hope to learn more from you!^^ thanks
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congatrehp Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very...very...very useful! i hope to study more! thanks.my palette is so awful!how could i improve it? i'm vietnamese,in my country,nobody tell my like this !can you help me? you are my inspiration! thanks
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013   General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you found this useful. I'd be happy to help you however I can. :)
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KumoriNinja08 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
This is so helpful ahh <33 Thank you Aren~
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Aikodea Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful indeed, thank you!
Man, I wish I had more time to work on digital stuff.
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ArtistzFuture Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Tons of info and clues
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SkyeExcalibur Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful :w;
Does the idea of how the colour palette works come in naturally? I've been experimenting for a long time but my colour still looks very out of place .A.
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   General Artist
I think it's just a matter of learning which colors work well together, and why they do. I've been coloring for a long time, but I also went to school and learned the logic behind color. There's a lot to it, but it becomes more natural once you understand the basics.
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SkyeExcalibur Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh okay, thank you ^^
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TheGaugeQueen Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
O.O this is really helpful! :D but um o.o how should I go about doing this with Microsoft paint? Please help o-o
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   General Artist
Umm..I'm not sure that you can? ^^; Sorry I don't use Microsoft paint. I think there are online mixers, if you know the numbers of the colors you're trying to mix.
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TheGaugeQueen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh ok! I can try that too ^.^ thank you.
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MimmyLvlX Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
You don't. Consider GIMP (free, similar to Photoshop. PM me if you need help with it and can't find your answer on Google.) or PaintTool SAI (approx. $55, originally in Yen but converted through PayPal. Can be found for free without too much work if you're cheap XP.) as alternatives that actually work.
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TheGaugeQueen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh alright. I have gimp, I just don't really like using it for my pixel art :/ but maybe I'll try making color palettes there, or utilizing the program in another way... Thanks :)
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Paladin-Girl Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Owf~! I need this! Thank you so much!
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TheNanners Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is actually a lot more helpful than any other color palette tutorial ive ever seen
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   General Artist
I'm glad! ^^ I noticed when browsing tutorials on here that there wasn't a whole lot that deals specifically with these kinds of solutions.
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twilight-girl22 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really helpful thing!!! Thank you so much :D
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Jiangshi-the-wolf Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh so this is what my art teacher was trying to get me to do. Shucks I'm more visual then verbal ^^;. This really helps me a lot and I also love your art very realistic and yet very Non realistic keep it up :D.
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   General Artist
Most artists are more visual learners. I am too. :D Glad it helped you! And thanks. :3
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Kamikase-Dey Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love the green eyed boy - w -
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   General Artist
Haha thank you, he's my character, Faron. ^^
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Kamikase-Dey Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
he is so cute...
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volkanay Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
page design is original and like it.
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   General Artist
Thanks! :)
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Knitti Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, this is great!
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   General Artist
Thanks! :)
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croicroga Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
"You just start picking the appropriate colors instinctually, or you can see that colors aren't working together, without fully considering why. "

huh
that's so very weird to say
because as an artist you should be fully aware why some colors aren't working out together
did you read Itten's "The Elements of Color"? all artists, designers and illustrators have to read this book in their first months of studying
i also strongly recomment to read it to anyone who's ever trying to draw anything in color
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   General Artist
lol That's not really what I meant. It's not that we're not aware, just that we're not thinking about the logic behind it at the moment we see that some colors aren't working. Being aware is different than always consciously considering why something works the way it does.
I did study color, I have a degree in illustration. :)
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camilleduvent Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Thanh you! I always have problems with the colours because I just don't know which colours match each other
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KanaKuroDaiya Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, color theory is quite complex, especially once one starts studying it in depth (the more I studied the more I get confused _).
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marikaefer Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This might be a stupid question, but how do you actually mix colors in a graphic program? I really want to try out that "give them something in common" trick, but wouldn't know how to actually add a certain color to all my other colors. I imagine it must work with some sort of layer type, but it's certainly not multiply. (Note: I use SAI, so I don't have quite as many options)
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   General Artist
I use SAI as well, it's actually really great for mixing colors in a close-to natural way. The Brush or Watercolor tools at around 50 percent opacity work well, you'll just need to switch back and forth between the colors you're mixing to get an even mix.
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marikaefer Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will try that, thank you very much :)
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I-hate-waffles Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Photographer
You can use the watercolour tool to blend the colours together with sai I believe.
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NaruFan808 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for making this! It will help me a lot! :3
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artistauncarton Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Awesome work! Nothing to tell it's almost perfect above all the contrast!

Can you just look my work please? if you like take favourite or watch anf if not tell my why
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dummees Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...I'm sorry, but why was my comment flagged as spam?
I'm just wondering, because I was trying to give advice with my link. I wasn't criticizing your tutorial at all. |:
...could be pushing my luck, I guess, but here's for those that might want it for reference. This is for color, as well. Mainly on primaries and color mixing.
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   General Artist
I'm sorry about that. I had several spam comments, with weird things written and questionable links, I thought yours was one without really looking at your link. That was my bad. :/
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dummees Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that's okay! I noticed a few above me linked without showing a description, from tiny URL. I didn't notice until I saw just how many were spam on a bunch of other deviations. You can usually tell from the 'new member' part above their usernames.
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Blackout98 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
aha! this is my biggest problem in coloring,so i always manipulate my coloring in photoshop after coloring
thx for the tutorial :D
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   General Artist
I do too usually. :3 But yeah, using these ideas makes it less necessary to change your colors completely through editing, since there should already be a balance in your palette. Photoshop is still good for minor adjustments and things.
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Blackout98 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
and that is better if we do not adjust brightness and contrast.the drawing will be too sharp and pixel
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Baka-Neku Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
you are lucky, i have such a hard time on colors, since i am red and green color blind. alot of the colors look alike for me and i can't do much with the blending of colors since it might come out wrong D:
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   General Artist
Aww, I'm sorry! I imagine there's ways of working around that though. One thing you could try is monochrome color schemes, maybe... I've seen really great art done with only one or two colors.
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