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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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