Playing with colors and exploring the meaning behind them #002

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Playing with colors and exploring the meaning behind them #002

A little bit on the theory

Ya ya, we all hear this everywhere and it's a very difficult topic for many of us. Also boring for the majority. Some people have talent or inner feelings without even knowing what they are doing and some just need help.

Understanding the color theory might be a big task but once you are on top of that, it becomes easy peasy. Well, at least I hope so, still have a feeling sometimes myself, that I have no idea what I'm doing - but for some reason, it works :)

A simple color wheel is very useful to remind yourself of certain color theories. In the example below, we have a simple six-part wheel. There are warm colors on one side (yellow, orange, red) and cold colors on the other side (blue, green, purple).

Colors evoke emotions and moods and they have a great impact on your final artwork and what effect it will have on the viewers/fans.

Shortly, in the basic, we have primary and secondary colors

  • Primary colors - yellow, red and blue - it's not possible to create or mix these colors, therefore primary.  But they are the basement for other colors.
  • Secondary colors - orange, purple and green - these were all created by mixing two primary colors together (red+yellow=orange etc.)

We also have different color schemes. In color theory, a color scheme is the choice of colors used in various artistic and design contexts.

We can see below two of these schemes analogous colors and complementary colors

  • Analogous colors are hues which are next to each other in the color wheel. Such as below, blue and purple. This choice of colors will soften your artwork and definitely will calm down the scene
  • Complementary colors are hues (almost) directly opposite in the color wheel such as green and red. These combinations can be dramatic on the eye due to their high contrast, but usually they play great together

It's time to play.

Finally, we are coming to the exercise! Again below in the attachment, you can find a simple design to download (procreate, .jpg, .pdf and .psd versions available). That means you should be able to use it in the most popular programs or just print it out and draw with pencils/markers.

Try to color it in using the above techniques. One picture with warm/cold colors, complimentary or analogous.

Try to limit the number of colors, in the end, it's a rabbit down there, not a circus:). But don't be afraid to experiment with the tints, shades and tones, just try to stick to the same range.

This exercise should help you to see the difference between the color schemes and how much it changes the atmosphere and mood of the picture itself.

Downloadable files here:

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Once you are done, don't be shy and share it with us below in the comments that we can see all the different ideas and approaches. I will share mine as well :)
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