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long time browser ... um so i'm basically self taught in everything and i'm having a hard time with colors and such. these are just two recent sketches that i've been playing around with and i'm having problems with getting my colors to pop. maybe because i'm not used to the wacom? any suggestions? i use pencil and photoshop but i can't for the life of me draw a staight line with a wacom. too wierd feeling
also any suggestions for blending cloth or skin?
Last edited by madster; October 28th, 2005 at 12:57 PM.
man, if your having difficulties with your wacom, then give it to me :lol: , nah, seriously if you're having trouble, you should just keep on using it more and more! You have some nice skills going on there, maybe you should try reading some of the color tips & tutorials in this section's subforum. I really can't see much problems in the drawing & ideas section, just keep it up!
by the way it's awkward for me to give suggestions for people that seem to be on the right track. All you can say is "Do MORE!"... so i hop eyou dont get pissed with my short reply-
Hmmm... Granted I don't know all that much about colors but here's a couple things I've learned.
To make things "pop" sometimes you have to pick opposing colors, one for the foreground (or subject) and another for the background. Usually just picking two bold colors on opposite sides of the color wheel works.
Also, to bring out colors more have hard edges. Here you've smudged many of the colors together and they just blend into each other. Try using higher opacity brushes and experiment until you find what works for you.
Here's something I do with my tablet, it may not work for you though. When I put down a color I don't pick the exact one from the RGB sliders. Instead I quickly get something close to the color I think I'll want and will paint with that. Then I look to see where it's lacking. If it needs red I do a low opacity brush of red over it until I get the color I want. It's alot easier to slowly tweak the color where you want to go instead of needing to get it right on the sliders (where the colors are shown against gray and not your actual picture.)
For me "Pop" is caused by contrast. Greater the contrast, greater the "pop". There are several contrasts for color. Value Contrast (White and Black being the highest) Intensity/Saturation Contrast (Think of an Orange compared to Brown Dirt) and Hue Contrast (Complementary Colors make a huge pop). You can use these in many many ways. Try maybe a dull and dark color for your background and a intense and light color for your subject.