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    Colour advice?

    Hi, I apologise if this is the wrong thread to post this but I need some advice on learning colour. I know this properly sounds stupid but I've always struggled on the concept of colour, I have looked into the colour basics with the colour wheel, but I was never taught this in high school whereas others on my course now seem to have a better grasp and understanding of colour.

    I'm doing a challenge on here which requires not using the colour picker and as I previously only did simple block colour I have always just relied on reference and the colour picker. See for example when doing skin colour I usually tend to make the skin too pink @___@

    My question is can anyone suggest any source material (books, useful websites, videos etc.) or general advice (challenges etc.) how I can improve my knowledge and confidence using colour. Or is it just a case of trial and error?

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    best place for color palettes is kuler.adobe.com if you're ever stuck fo ideas thats a great resource. also, i believe the best color palettes come from nature. birds provide some great colors too

    i think it really does start with the basics color harmonies. complimentary, split complimentary, triad, etc. the way i choose color usually is based on an emotional property. if im going for something sad, then dark blue is of course a good choice. the next step usually involves the color wheel and the basic harmonies. personally, i like compliments, so blue and orange work well together for me. don't forget teh principles of design here either because they can apply to color palettes too. for instance, contrast. dark blue and bright orange. the contrasting values will usually work well.

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    http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.ca/search/label/Color
    This is every single post about color on James Gurney's blog. You start from the oldest and work your way to the more recent. If you still have questions after that, I'm not sure we can help you!

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    Definitely check out James Gurney's blog. His book "Color and Light" is worth the buy as well.

    He doesn't explain how to mix colors , as in a Red+Blue=Purple type way, but reading it does give you a clearer understanding on the theory of color and light.

    Also you can try doing color thumbnails. They're a fast easy way to try out a color scheme and see if it works before committing to a finished piece. Plus they only take a few minutes so they won't eat up your time



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    Step one is to learn to think in terms of hue value and chroma, so look at this page:
    http://www.huevaluechroma.com/011.php

    Value is the core dimension of colour, so step two is to learn to think in terms of a scale of greyscale values:

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...14&postcount=7

    Step three is to begin painting in full colour while still thinking about value 100% as much as when you were painting in greyscale.

    Then go on to everything else there is to know about colour. James Gurney's book is a very good general introduction and will help if you find the other parts of huevaluechroma.com a bit advanced at first.

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    Could anyone perhaps elaborate on learning about colour via abstract means.


    Personally I feel trying to recognise colour is hard enough without having to also worry about detail and texture. better to isolate the problem and hammer out sequential studies, like night scenes, sunset, etc. my desire is to repeat them over and over to where I can conjure up the scheme in my head naturally without having to get a headache over it. basically I am developing myself to learn what it is I am doing to be able to do it without reference.
    before my studies would come out looking like this when I worried about detail




    and i saw little improvement in my imaginative stuff, but now I realise for me it is all about isolation and repetition. so looking to start doing my colour studies abstract, quick and dirty with the focus being on colour recognition.

    has anyone tried this approach with noticeable results? i guess it's all about experimentation so will experiment and judge for myself if it was better to concern myself with detail as well.

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    whoa the post came out HUGE! sorry about that guys

    If I happen to comment on your sketchbook, please don't feel obliged to comment on mine. use that time instead to get back to work.

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    Work from life to learn color and value; it is the best way to learn to see how color interacts in real world situations. Photos are lousy substitutions for first hand observation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luthertaylor View Post
    whoa the post came out HUGE! sorry about that guys
    It's ok. I've seen bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Eater View Post
    It's ok. I've seen bigger.
    I sense some innuendo in theree ~

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