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    Mood through colour and colour in general

    I have always struggled with colour, I am slowly getting better but I still shy away from it. I think what I hate is I can never capture the mood I want, I never know how a colour is supposed to change with regards to a situation.

    I have been training my eye regularly and I feel I am getting somewhere, but is there a something I miss? When I use grey-scale I get the detail I want but no colour, when I apply colour I am now getting the colour but no detail. Is there a specific technique that I haven't heard of that would allow me to combine the two.

    Any help on the matter would be much obliged, thank-you

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    I would suggest to start by keeping it simple. Doing a value study does
    not have to be in literal gray-scale. I choose the tone I want and paint
    within that as a base.

    Look at the scenario you are depicting and decide if it needs warm or cold
    tones. Draw out the scene first in pencil or a simple brush, adding in all the
    detail you want, then paint over that (or under depending on your layer
    preferences) Block in the big shapes, define your lighting and start adding
    details. Don't rush it, keep your colours simple. Try using a close palette
    of just four colours, paint those as blobs on a separate layer and resist
    any urge to select anything outside of those four. Use the range of those
    colours to create interesting contrasts.

    That's one method I like anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Platinguard View Post
    I have always struggled with colour, I am slowly getting better but I still shy away from it. I think what I hate is I can never capture the mood I want, I never know how a colour is supposed to change with regards to a situation.

    I have been training my eye regularly and I feel I am getting somewhere, but is there a something I miss? When I use grey-scale I get the detail I want but no colour, when I apply colour I am now getting the colour but no detail. Is there a specific technique that I haven't heard of that would allow me to combine the two.

    Any help on the matter would be much obliged, thank-you
    Detail has nothing to do with grayscale or color, Details are a matter of drawing ability or lack thereof in most cases, since a great painting doesn't need details for its success. Work from life and work traditionally if you want to learn about color and value.

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    Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice, I will look into doing some limited pallet drawings, as well as trying to take colours from life drawing. Also when I mentioned the lack of detail I mean I am better at getting the range, and tones to indicate detail through shadow ect. I can't seem to do that when using colours

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    Quote Originally Posted by Platinguard View Post
    Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice, I will look into doing some limited pallet drawings, as well as trying to take colours from life drawing. Also when I mentioned the lack of detail I mean I am better at getting the range, and tones to indicate detail through shadow ect. I can't seem to do that when using colours
    You have to train your eye, there is no separation of color and value in life. Value is a component of color its a bad idea to keep it separate theoretically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Platinguard View Post
    When I use grey-scale I get the detail I want but no colour, when I apply colour I am now getting the colour but no detail. Is there a specific technique that I haven't heard of that would allow me to combine the two.
    Forgive me if I'm asking the obvious, but are you still paying just as much attention to the values of your colours when you are painting in full colour as when you are painting in greyscale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by briggsy@ashtons View Post
    Forgive me if I'm asking the obvious, but are you still paying just as much attention to the values of your colours when you are painting in full colour as when you are painting in greyscale?
    I am not sure I funny understand the question, so I will reply with the following, when I draw in grey-scale I find it easier using one set of colours too illustrate tone, light, values and so on. when it comes to colour it tends to be me, trying to use one colour for one item, for example I am doing alot better but on a human face my mind would be, it is peachy, therefore peach colours were the only values I could use, I now understand that there are peaches, browns oranges, purples yellows and so on. I just find I miss alot trying to account for the various colours.

    I hope that makes sence

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    As a fellow beginner I would like to suggest that you work with acrylics or something traditional rather than digitally- having trazillion colours in the palette is more distracting than anything.. but when you start with 6 colours and you have to actually, physically mix them, you learn so much more.

    True for me at least- good luck.

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    youre confusing the terms here.

    value - light/dark property of any color

    hue - red/green/blue/peach/whatever (where its located on the colorwheel)

    chroma - intensity/saturation

    visit david briggs' site! > huevaluechroma.com

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    "Have only 4 values, but all the edges you want." Glen Orbik
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    Quote Originally Posted by sone_one View Post
    youre confusing the terms here.

    value - light/dark property of any color

    hue - red/green/blue/peach/whatever (where its located on the colorwheel)

    chroma - intensity/saturation

    visit david briggs' site! > huevaluechroma.com
    Thankyou so much! I have been reading colour and light by James Gurney, and he explains them, but I have been struggling to distinguish. I have been doing this for maybe five weeks (thats practising every day and actually doing tutorials reading ect) so excuse my lack of understanding.

    @briggsy@ashtons - I now understand what you are saying, I think so yes. But the problem is I only like using one colour. so I would use all different shades of yellow, not understanding that other colours would come into use.

    @LordLouis - I have always been a sketch artist. I get very uncomfortable with paints. I am a video games design student so when I have some excess money I will put your theory into practice, thanks for the advice.

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