Hello! This just a small guide for young/beginner artist.

It doesn’t matter what software you use, for me I primarily use Paint tool sai. 

Mario is a good example of a character who has primary colors.

Patrick uses different variants of secondary colors.

Magenta’s color is tertiary because it is between purple and red.

Luigi has a analogous color scheme, color adjacent to each.

Yoshi dominant color is green, red is the direct color opposite from green.

Dipper’s shirt is the red, his hat and jacket serve as (indirect) split complementary colors.

There’s also Traidic color scheme: three colors equally spaces on the color wheel.

 Tetradic color scheme: double complementary. (quite difficult to use)

And Monochromatic: variations of light and saturation of one color,

Value is the lightness and darkness in color.

This shows about 9 values. Value is important because it shows the illusion of light.

This is one of the mistakes a lot of young/beginner artists make. Unless the drawing is in grey-scale, black and white as shadow and light is wrong to use. 

I use Luminosity and multiply, of course their are other modes to use, like shade for shading. screen or overlay for light. (paint tool sai user) light is not always necessary btw.  

Never be afraid of using a warm color as a shadow and a cool color as light etc.

Always experiment with your art, try new things, and figure what’s best for you!

Let me know if any of this helped you, and thanks for reading!

Now go start drawing!  

SAT #20: Understand The Basics Of Color Theory

Color theory is one of the basic philosophies every artist can benefit from in developing their skills. Color theory helps you understand color mixing, how to critique your work and others’ constructively and how to choose appealing color palettes.  READ MORE

Petition to start using these names for tertiary colors…

This color wheel is from The Grammar of Painting and Engraving (1874) by Charles Blanc, translated from the French by Kate Newell Doggett. 

Our current exhibition, Color in a New Light explores the Smithsonian Libraries’ collection through the topic of color. It’s on display in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum  until March 2017, though you can visit the online exhibition, including a Digital Library for the exhibition. 


~ Color Theory with Zinogre ~ 

It started out as a warm up doodle and it became a whole new set :) (But drawing Zinogre with Shiba Inu proportions was super fun) Then it extended to making a Stygian version, then Thunderlord for RGB

CMYK - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key (Black) Subtracting color model used in color printing (Zinogre, Stygian Zinogre)
Analogous - Colors neighboring (This example shows usage of both cool and warm as well)
Complimentary - Colors across from each other on the color wheel.
RGB - Red, Green, Blue, additive primary colors that reproduce a wide array of colors. (Zinogre, Stygian Zinogre, Thunderlord Zinogre)
Primary - Red, Blue, Yellow. Three colors that can reproduce a wide array of colors. Useful in painting.
Secondary - Purple, Orange, Green. Colors from mixing primary colors.
B+Y = Green
R+B = Purple
Y+R = Orange
Tertiary - “In Between Colors” of the Pimary and Secondary. Violet, Magenta, Vermilion, Amber, Chartreuse, Teal.

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i HATE when casting comes out for movies or tv shows and everyone is white and POC start (rightfully) throwing elbows and some asshole says—THEY HAVENT REVEALED THE FULL CAST YET!

like, no, fuck you.

why do i have to wait to see the full casting before passing judgement? i kno well enough what happens to tertiary characters of color, tyvm. i’ve been seeing that shit my whole goddamn life.

i mean, if it quacks like a fucking duck, u feel me?

so why is white fandom so content with POC waiting our turn? always telling us to calm down and wait until “next episode” or “next season”, or “next movie” or “next book”.

fuck outta here.

Dragons across the continent are beginning to display beautiful striped hides. The okapi gene is here! Click here to read more about this update.

Okapi Tertiary Gene
The okapi gene is available in the treasure marketplace. This gene displays bright striped spots of color on your dragon’s neck, horns, and legs using its tertiary color! These genes will be stocking in increased quantities during the week of its release.

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Encyclopedia Update
The fifth coliseum venue information page has been added to our encyclopedia. Click here to have an peek at the monsters and treasures of Golem Workshop!

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Item Caption Contest
Writers, if you’ve ever wanted your blurb to grace an item tooltip, your time has come! Dust off that keyboard and look upon these poor orphaned items with compassion and creativity. What is their story?

The premise of this contest it to take these icons and create a unique caption for their tooltip. The caption must be under 160 characters. If desired, players may rename the item in question along with their caption. Captions can provide facts, short anecdotes, or jokes.

Premise: Write a tooltip for any of the items provided in this contest.
Deadline: Tuesday January 20, 23:59 server time
Length: Less than 160 characters (caption). Less than 32 characters in name if renamed.
Prizes: Winners will be credited in the tooltip of the item, will receive a copy of the item they wrote for, a writer’s vista + 1000 gems

Hiveworks Affiliation
As many of you may be aware, from time to time our advertising would bounce people off site or present problematic ads that we just don’t want!

As a result we are moving to managed advertising with an affiliation with HiveworksHiveworks provides marketing and advertising management to over 100 webcomics and sites, and they will now be helping Flight Rising as well! This move should provide us access to more and diverse ad networks, a seasoned ad management team, and a safer browsing experience for our players. (and on occasion display ads to some pretty keen webcomics and artists!)

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Even in the best ad networks, a bad ad can slip past from time to time. If you encounter an ad that auto-redirects you or appears anywhere but our left side menu and the red banner area at the bottom of the page, that is not an ad we want on our website! Please report it in our advertising report thread. We will be watching this thread, and will use the reports there to help further manage the ads that Flight Rising displays!

Additional Updates

  • The Cycled-Out Items article in the encyclopedia has had Night of the Nocturne and seasonal event items to its directory.
  • The Boreal Wood venue article has been updated to include the newest morganite flourish jewelry uncommon venue drops.
  • The Kelp Beds venue article in the encyclopedia has been updated to include the Mantarune, Wavesweeper, and their commonly dropped unique items.
  • Mantarune and Wavesweeper had the runes on their heads changed to reflect the monster’s elemental type, replacing the existing runes. This change was made because the original runes bore an inadvertent resemblance to an existing logo.
  • The Golem Workshop coliseum venue has had additional uncommon dropsadded.

Dragons everywhere are growing out their spines in a variety of brilliant colors. Click here to read more about today’s update.

Spines Tertiary Gene
Several dragon species have begun to exhibit the spines gene, a dangerous and beautiful defense! This gene displays your dragon’s tertiary color across a rows of spikes that trail down your dragon’s neck, back, and tail. Spines scrolls are now stocking in thetreasure marketplace.

Rockbreaker’s Ceremony 2014 Skin & Accent Contest
The second annual Rockbreaker’s Ceremony will begin November 23, 2014. To celebrate we are running a skin and accent contest honoring the earth flight. Click here for more information!

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Coliseum Rewards
The flora and fauna of the Arena, Waterway, and Bamboo Falls are dropping new food items! Can you guess which opponents drop these items?

Additional Updates

  • Second place dominance did not update Sunday morning. It has been correctly awarded to light flight, and all light members should have sunday and monday’s treasure bonus and gathering turns awarded to them.
  • The retired skins Riot of Rot encyclopedia entry has been updated with 2014’s skins.
  • The retired apparel encyclopedia entry has been updated with Riot of Rot 2014 items.
  • The cycled-out items encyclopedia entry has been updated to include the Graveyard Guardian.
  • The Boreal Wood encyclopedia entry has been updated to include the morganite flourish jewelry drops.
  • Gale Wolf no longer drop Zephyr Sparrow.
  • Chimera have had the drop rate on emerald rat snake reduced.

Honestly I’m against the staff’s decision to not allow new users to make their custom progens with the new colors. I am perfectly content with the fact that I was unable to make my custom progen with the new colors because they didn’t exist at the time. (I’m less content with the fact that I didn’t get to choose his tertiary color too and he got stuck with an incredibly hideous, clashing one, whose STUPID FUCKING IDEA was randomized terts on what’s supposed to be your one single custom dragon?) I don’t see any reason why newbies should not be allowed more opportunity now that that opportunity exists. The chances of them using it to make any significant profit that would give them an unfair advantage are basically nil. It could MAYBE give them a headstart on breeding doubles and triples in the new colors, but honestly on a triple basic progen, with everyone and their aunt having saved up RTB, gened, non starter breed dragons to do the same thing, I highly doubt it. This game is supposed to be fun, and your progen is supposed to be special. You know what’s not fun? Pointless restrictions. Let new users have the new colors. Let them pick their tert too! Introduce a new starter breed sometime and let them have that to choose from! Give them as many options as are available to let the single dragon they get to customize ACTUALLY be customized. It has no negative impact on older players.

(And then when the inevitable wave of newbies complaining about how unfair the high sprite price are because they weren’t around when the festivals happened starts up again, we’ll have something to retort with.) 


Learn the Basics of Color Theory to Know What Looks Good 

Colors are important to making things look good, whether it’s the clothes you wear or the presentation you give at work. But not everyone instinctively knows that orange and blue is a perfect combination. If you can’t trust your own judgement, understand and rely on the basics of color theory to always pick the right colors.

Learn the Color Wheel

This is the basic color wheel and it will guide you in making color choices. You’ve probably seen it in school, but here’s a quick refresher just in case you’ve forgotten.

Red, blue and yellow are primary colors. When you mix red and yellow, you get orange; mix blue and yellow, you get green; mix red and blue, you get violet. Orange, green and violet are hence called secondary colors. Tertiary colors like red-violet and blue-violet are derived by mixing a primary color with a secondary color.

All colors have tints and shades. A tint is the variation of that color when mixed with white; a shade is the variation of that color when mixed with black. But generally, you don’t need to worry about tints and shades for basic color schemes, says Color Wheel Pro:

According to color theory, harmonious color combinations use any two colors opposite each other on the color wheel, any three colors equally spaced around the color wheel forming a triangle, or any four colors forming a rectangle (actually, two pairs of colors opposite each other). The harmonious color combinations are called color schemes – sometimes the term ‘color harmonies’ is also used. Color schemes remain harmonious regardless of the rotation angle.

In the color wheel, there’s yet another separation that you need to be aware of so that you can understand color schemes better: warm and cool colors. Each has its own purpose to convey emotions. Warm colors exhibit energy and joy (best for personal messages), while cool colors convey calmness and peace (best for office use). The wheel itself can be divided easily to get an idea of which colors are warm and which ones cool, as demonstrated by Kissmetrics:

Master the Basic Color Schemes

Based on the wheel, there are a few basic rules to match colors. And they’re actually pretty simple.

Complementary colors are any two colors opposite each other on the wheel. For example, blue and orange, or red and green.

These create a high contrast, so use them when you want something to stand out. Ideally, use one color as background and the other as accents. Alternately, you can use tints and shades here; a lighter tint of blue contrasted against a darker orange, for example.

Split complementary colors use three colors. The scheme takes one color and matches it with the two colors adjacent to its complementary color. For example, blue, yellow-orange and red-orange.

This scheme is ideal for beginners because it is difficult to mess up. That’s because you get contrasting colors, but they aren’t as diametrically opposite as complementary colors, says Tiger Color.

Analogous colors are any three colors next to each other on the wheel. For example, orange, yellow-orange, and yellow.

With analogous colors, it’s best to avoid hues as they can be jarring. Instead, focus on tints of analogous colors. Another tip Color Wheel Pro shares is to avoid combining warm and cool colors in this scheme.

Triadic colors are any three colors that are equally apart on the color wheel. For example, red, yellow and blue.

The Triadic scheme is also high-contrast, but more balanced than complementary colors. The trick here, Decor Love says, is to let one color dominate and accent with the other two.

Tetradic or double complementary colors uses four colors together, in the form of two sets of complementary colors. For example, blue and orange is paired with yellow and violet.

This is the hardest scheme to balance, notes TheArtClasses:

It offers more color variety than any other scheme (but) if all four colors are used in equal amounts, the scheme may look unbalanced, so you should choose a color to be dominant or subdue the colors. Avoid using pure colors in equal amounts.

Understand Black and White with Monotones

After you know the basic color schemes, you can step it up a notch with tints and shades. As we have already discussed, tints come from adding white to hues while shades come from adding black to hues. And this goes on till you get pure white or pure black. Apart from tints and shades, there are also tones, which is mixing the hue with grey.

Blacks and whites are used for “monochromatic color schemes,” which are further divided into monotone chromatic and monotone achromatic.Colors On The Web has a great explanation of what this means:

Monotone Chromatic

A monotone color scheme is just one single hue and its variations in terms of tints, shades and saturation. Using saturation and tint/shade variations of a color is always good. However, in most cases I would advise against using a fully monochromatic scheme, as there is a risk of monotony. Using it with pure white or black can be efficient, though.

Monotone Achromatic

A monotone achromatic color scheme is a special instance of the monotone scheme which consists of only neutral colors ranging from black to white. A scheme like this can be efficient, but it can very easily look boring. Using an achromatic scheme with just one bright color for highlight can be very effectful.

Use Popular Color Palettes and Apps

While the basics of color combinations are now clear to you, that doesn’t mean you will always nail it. But like with anything, there’s an easy way out!

Public speaking expert Zach Holman says you can use web sites where designers suggest color palettes, like ColourLovers. This portal shows popular color schemes, which you can quickly and easily incorporate for any need.

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While that helps when starting from scratch, what do you do when you have a color in front of you but need to know what are its complements or triads? SwatchMatic for Android identifies any color you point your camera to (no need to take a photo), and suggests what you can match it with using the basics of the color wheel.

I couldn’t find a similar app on the iPhone, but ColorSnap is a good option. You need to take a photo and the app then identifies various colors in it. Tap one and you’ll see a palette of matching colors from paints company Sherwin Williams, which made the app. You can ignore that part and just use the palette for reference.

Finally, Color Matters says you needn’t always rely on the color wheel andtake inspiration from nature, or other elements around you:

Nature provides a perfect departure point for color harmony. In the illustration above, red yellow and green create a harmonious design, regardless of whether this combination fits into a technical formula for color harmony.

Apply Color Theory in Everyday Life

Now you have a basic idea of color theory, but what does that mean for your daily life? Essentially, these concepts help you figure out how to make things look better.

A common application is in the clothes you wear. Some people always seem to be able to dress well, while others wear clothes that clash or don’t match. Print out the color wheel and stick it to your wardrobe’s door. The next time you pick out one clothing item, just refer to the chart to see what colors in your closet will best complement it; and use the basics of warm and cool colors to convey the emotion you want to project. Of course, colors are only a part of learning to dress better. Style blog Kinowear has a few tips on how to use colors in clothing:

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As a general rule of thumb you don’t want to have more than three colors in your outfit. Use the right colors for your skin tone and coloration. Try different colors against your skin and learn which palettes look best on you. Also, get a second opinion. Never use holiday colors like red and green unless it is close to that holiday. Avoid matching gray colors with bright colors such as yellow.

Similarly, color theory can help you out in the office, whether it’s jazzing up your resume for a job hunt or making your presentation and slides pop out. Again, the general rule of thumb is to restrict yourself to three colors or less. You should also check this color psychology chart to figure out what vibes your chosen colors will give out. And remember, it’s going to be on a digital projector, so your colors need to be safe for that, as Holman points out:

Usually I look for bright colors that go well on projectors. That means colors with a lot of contrast. For example, choose a dark, a light, and an accent. That way you can layer the dark on the light and still read it from in the way back of the room you’re giving the talk.

And of course, color theory is super useful when you are looking to paint your house or any major item in it. There are plenty of websites and plenty of professionals who will help you pick the right colors, but thesethree tips from Apartment Therapy are worth remembering at all times:

Three Rules To Keep in Mind:

• More than one color in a room can look great, but if you go in that direction, keep it to three colors maximum. If you are going with two bold colors, the third should be a neutral to give your eye a break.

• When choosing your colors start by choosing your boldest color, and then choose the others with the first color in mind.

• Don’t be scared! Paint is not permanent and you can always change it.

Of course, these aren’t the only uses for color theory. Colors and their combinations come up in life quite often and knowing these basics will serve you in picking a scheme that looks good to you as well as everyone else.


September Bonus by Adobe Creative Residency

Each month we include an extra Tattly with all online orders. September’s bonus is brought to you by the Adobe Creative Residency where creativity is fostered and artists are empowered. Becky M. Simpson, one of two residents for 2015, shared with us a step-by-step tutorial of her process for making her watercolor floral illustration into a Custom Tattly:

Tools needed: watercolor, scanner, Photoshop

1. Create a simple flower pattern using bold strokes and extra pressure with the paint brush.

A NOTE ON COLOR: I prefer working with tertiary colors because I don’t feel overly confident in my watercolor mixing skills. I think it’s easier to adjust/edit colors in Photoshop if they started out as friends on the color wheel.

2. While I don’t sketch these out, I will often refine a second round by using tracing paper over the original piece.

3. After the paint dries, scan image at a high resolution (600 DPI) so you have the option to enlarge it later on.

4. Open image in Photoshop and adjust the levels so that the image is crisp and there aren’t little flecks in the background.

5. Clean up any rough patches using the eraser or a clipping mask. Sometimes I use the clone stamp if I need to add some additional watercolor details here and there.

6. Time for the fun part! Add a gradient map and set the layer style to “Multiply.”

7. Play with the different presets, or create your own palette. In this case, the purpose of the gradient map is to adjust the colors, not replace them. Subtly is key.

8. After your palette is chosen, clip it to the art layer.

9. You might want to adjust the opacity of the gradient map layer. Again, in this case this effect is meant to enhance, not distort the original image. It’s like what my mother says about makeup: the end result should be natural.

In my case, I chose a gradient map with yellow, purple, orange and white then set the opacity to 40%.

10. At this point you could be finished if you’re okay with having a white / color background. However, for this Tattly we needed to create a transparent background so the tattoo doesn’t include the white surrounding box. It looks a little less real that way.

11. Open up the Layer Style panel (either double click on the layer or go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options).

12. Go to the top gradient slider at the bottom of the page (“blend if:” > “this layer:”). Then adjust the slider on the right (white side). A teeny tiny bit goes a long way. Make sure the “preview” button is clicked so you can see the result as you adjust.

13. For more accuracy, I suggest splitting the white slider (click on left side + alt) then adjust. This will help fade the white even more smoothly.

14. When you’re done, click OK and send to Custom Tattly!

Reblog this post if you remember picking your custom progen's tertiary color.

This is the greatest FR feud of our time and I want to see who’s on which side.

Additionally, tag this post with your reg window and whether or not you registered on a computer or on a phone/tablet.

Reblog this post if you remember NOT picking your custom progen’s tertiary color.

Along with black and yellow, Ancaps (and I suppose the rest of the heretics on the Libertarian Right) should a tertiary color for imagery.

I say this because we are in desperate need of one. The Authoritarian left balances out their red and gold (as in the flags of the USSR, the PRC, Vietnam, etc.) with black, as in the case of the flag of the GDR.

Likewise, the Authoritarian Right has Red, White, and Blue. (The US, Russia, the UK, Chile, and Israel though with just white and blue)

The Libertarian Left has, on top of black and red, green.

We on the Libertarian Right, though, only have the black and yellow of the Gadsden Flag, In situations where a tertiary color is required, I nominate the purple of the 4th quadrant of the political compass (#C09AEA). This is good because Purple has historically been associated with royalty and, more relevant to us, opulent wealth.

So the complete palette would be this:

The issue is that the shade of purple doesn’t well sit with the yellow. On the other hand, perhaps the purple of UKIP (#703085) could stand in.

Night Fury Dragon Breed

Please note that I am not affiliated with Flight Rising in any way -this was just a fun experiment. I have found that their style is rather hard to get right, and my respect for the site’s artwork grows.

Toothless (or just a Night Fury) is an obsidian/obsidian/caribbean dragon of the wind flight. Something special has to happen for his tertiary color to appear…

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anonymous asked:

Colour theory sounds like music theory but somehow more painful

i have no idea what music theory is but if it’s anything like color theory then i feel for u dude

in color theory we learn about complimentary colors, split compliment colors, triadic colors, monochrome color schemes, primary colors, secondary colors, tertiary colors, and that’s not even getting INTO tint and shade and colors with less or more saturation and how they’d go well together because you can’t just put a super bright green color next to a faded red because ya gotta make sure that shit is balanced and fits well together 


oh and in painting it is A TRIAL b/c then you gotta mix together complimentary colors and let me just say that most complimentary colors look absolutely awful when you mix them together (THO i’m actually fairly good at this, but my entire art class struggled with this on our last assignment)

and then there’s like balancing colors, making sure one color doesn’t overtake the others, making sure a piece is balanced…..