coloring reference


So yeah, white-washing is bad, but more often than not unintentional. 

As mentioned above, there have been a few blogs recently that make the claim of being against white washing, yet continuously misdiagnose and lack any fundamental understanding of basic color theory or anatomy. So, the intent of this post is to help give people a vocabulary through which they can address the issue of white washing, while presenting solutions in a way  that other artists can understand and learn from.

White washing is inexcusable, but “too pale” won’t fix it.

I threw this together real fast because I would love nothing more than Connor to call Gavin A Bitch.

ᴾˡᵉᵃˢᵉ ᵈᵒ ⁿᵒᵗ ᵗᵃᵍ ᵃˢ ᵏᶦⁿ/ᵐᵉ/ᴵᴰ! ᴰᵒ ⁿᵒᵗ ʳᵉᵖᵒˢᵗ/ʳᵉᵈᶦˢᵗʳᶦᵇᵘᵗᵉ ʷᶦᵗʰᵒᵘᵗ ᵐʸ ᵖᵉʳᵐᶦˢˢᶦᵒⁿˢ!

Color Correspondences

For the past week or so I’ve been working on a list of color correspondences for my Book fo Shadows and with all the work I’ve put into it, I thought it might be nice to share!


Element: Fire

Planets: Mars, Saturn

Astrology: Aries, Scorpio

Anatomy: Blood, Bones, Nails, Teeth

Symbolism: Action, Ambition, Competition, Confrontation, Courage, Defense, Energy, Health, Leadership, Life, Motivation, Passion, Physicality, Power, Protection, Self-Esteem, Sexuality, Survival, Triumph, Vitality, War


Element: Fire

Planet: Sun

Astrology: Leo, Sagittarius

Anatomy: Bladder, Digestive System, Kidneys, Pelvis, Uterus

Symbolism: Action, Ambition, Artistry, Attraction, Communication, Concentration, Consciousness, Creativity, Energy, Happiness, Intellect, Investments, Justice, Legal Matters, Materiality, Messages, Opportunities, Sealing, Strength, Success, Unity, Vitality, Work


Element: Air

Planets: Mercury, Sun

Astrology: Libra, Taurus

Anatomy: Digestive System, Gallbladder, Liver, Lower Back, Spine

Symbolism: Adventure, Attraction, Beauty, Beginnings, Charm, Communication, Concentration, Confidence, Creativity, Divination, Flexibility, Friendship, Healing, Imagination, Inspiration, Intellect, Learning, Memory, Persuasion, Positivity, Productivity, Success, Travel


Planet: Sun

Symbolism: Abundance, Accomplishment, Achievement, Artistry, Attraction, Divination, Divinity, Energy, Fortune, Giving, Healing, Health, Justice, Luck, Luxury, Masculinity, Positivity, Prosperity, Receiving, Riches, Soul, Success, Talent, Understanding


Symbolism: Business, Career, Fertility, Growth, Money, Passion, Success


Element: Earth

Planets: Mercury, Venus

Astrology: Aquarius, Cancer

Anatomy: Breasts, Circulatory System, Heart, Lungs, Respiratory System, Shoulders, Spine, Upper Back

Symbolism: Abundance, Acceptance, Artistry, Beauty, Beginnings, Connection, Cooperation, Employment, Fairies, Fertility, Garden, Growth, Harmony, Healing, Life, Luck, Marriage, Money, Peace, Plants, Prosperity, Protection, Relationship, Spirituality, Success


Element: Water

Planets: Jupiter, Moon

Astrology: Aquarius, Capricorn, Pisces, Virgo

Anatomy: Ears, Lungs, Mind, Neck, Throat

Symbolism: Achievement, Astral Projection, Awareness, Calming, Dreams, Fidelity, Focus, Happiness, Harmony, Healing, Immortality, Introspection, Luck, Meditation, Ocean, Organization, Patience, Peace, Protection, Sleep, Spirituality, Tranquility, Truth, Wisdom


Symbolism: Ambition, Dignity, Divination, Guidance, Happiness, Meditation, Psychism, Spirituality, Truth


Planets: Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn

Astrology: Capricorn, Gemini, Sagittarius

Anatomy: Bones, Ears, Eyes, Face, Nervous System, Respiratory System

Symbolism: Ambition, Astrology, Clairvoyance, Communication, Divination, Divinity, Friendship, Healing, Intelligence, Intuition, Journey, Justice, Kindship, Knowledge, Meditation, Memory, Messages, Occult, Power, Protection, Psychism, Responsibility, Secrets, Spirit Communication, Spirituality, Tension, Wisdom


Planets: Mars, Venus

Anatomy: Muscular System

Symbolism: Action, Beginnings, Birth, Blessings, Calming, Compassion, Emotions, Energy, Friendship, Harmony, Healing, Honor, Love, Morality, Nurturing, Passion, Personality, Relaxation, Romance, Self-Love, Success, Unity


Element: Earth

Astrology: Capricorn, Scorpio

Symbolism: Animals, Beginnings, Blessings, Concentration, Construction, Decisiveness, Endurance, Fertility, Focus, Friendship, Fruitfulness, Generosity, Grounding, Harvest, Health, Homestead, Locating Lost Items, Materiality, Nature, Neutrality, Psychism, Security, Stability, Strengthening, Telepathy


Planet: Saturn

Anatomy: Bones, Teeth

Symbolism: Absorbing, Banishing, Beginnings, Binding, Creation, Death, Defense, Discoveries, Divination, Elderly, Endings, Farming, Fertility, Grounding, Justice, Learning, Materiality, Neutralizing, Patience, Potential, Protection, Rebirth, Reversing, Scrying, Space, Stability, Truth, Understanding, Unhexing, Wisdom


Symbolism: Cancellation, Contemplation, Glamour, Loneliness, Neutrality, Stalemate


Planet: Moon

Symbolism: Communication, Connections, Divination, Divinity, Dreams, Everlasting, Evolution, Femininity, Gambling, Intuition, Journey, Luck, Meditation, Pathways, Psychism, Rivers, Stability, Victory


Planet: Moon

Astrology: Pisces

Anatomy: Brain

Symbolism: All Purposes, Auras, Balance, Breaking Curses, Connection, Cleansing, Cycle of Life, Energy, Enlightenment, Faith, Freshness, Healing, Infinity, Information, Innocence, Light, Peace, Potential, Precipitation, Protection, Purity, Relief, Spirituality, Truth, Unity, Youth

Maybe pick you fav and tell me what mood/atmosphere they show to you?
A few colour and lighting experiments i’m doing while i work on a tutorial for simple shading, knowing what you think might help me improve it! These are all using the same base colours and the same technique but in different ways, i’ll cover that in the tutorial.

on painting skin

imo painting skin is more about lighting than shadows or really anything else? if you create a dark base and build light up on top of it the shadows will form naturally.

a big thing is the coloring of the cheekbone area, it is NOT always like this. coloring the cheekbones is completely determined by the MOUTH!

in its most basic form the corners of the nostrils connect to the corners of the mouth and coloring the cheekbones should be determined based on the line between them! light hits off the highest point on the cheekbone and moves outward from there, a scrunched up face would have fewer highlights and more shadows for this reason. 


i’ll bet they recommend music to each other

Bubble Tea!

(Please don’t repost my work)

Dapper Prom!Owls and Cats from @silvercistern​‘s fic Character Development  

If you haven’t already read this fic, do yourself a favor and read it. If you have, then please re-read it haha