Jenny, Can I start with saying I love your art? Its absolutely gorgeous! I really admire your use of color! (heres my question!) when you first started out did you use color palettes? How do you know what colors to use? Everything you put together, even if there crazy colors, looks beautiful... When I try mixing colors they end up all muddled and stuff xD Do you have any color theory's / laws you find useful? Keep up the amazing art! :)
AHH THANK YOU V MUCH WOW!! im really happy you like my colours u wu!
thats a pretty loaded question haha pls keep in mind that this is how i view colour and everyone sees it differently so dont take my word as concrete trUFACTS im not an expert omg i could be totally wrong ok
- yep i did lotsa colour palette challenges from these two color scheme challegnes when i first started drawing digitally like i didnt know jack shit about picking colours
- i also looked a lots of colour pallette sites and i got to see which colours look nice next to each other
- BUT ITS REALLY BEST NOT TO DEPEND ON THOSE THINGS AND INSTEAD MAKE UR OWN PALETTES through experiments and shit
- OK FIRST ITS RLY GOOD TO UNDERSTAND COLOUR THEORY! i suggest THESE THREE TUTORIALS (esp the last one)
- see i used to always pick darker/lighter versions of a colour to shade it with but that sometimes makes stuff look kinda dull! like they said in the last tutorial i linked, its important to change NOT ONLY THE LIGHT/DARKNESS, but also the COLOR ITSELF(hue) and BRIGHTNESS(saturation).
- eg if i had to shade something pink, id just move the colour to a darker pink and a lighter pink dont do that kids
- but now when i shade pink i like using brown or purple or a lightish green idk it depends and i like adding light with yellow or light orange or w/e
- IMPORTANT WRODS WITH COLOURS INCLUDE COMPLEMENTARY (opposite on the color wheel like yellow n purple, blue n orange)(these can either make ur drawing a DISASTER like sbahj lmao or really nice!), ANALOGOUS (next 2 e/o like yellow green blue), and MONOTONOUS (1 colour but diff shades of it)
- ok another thing i like 2 consider is that “real life” colours dont always look as nice in a drawing! eg if you take a photo of emma watson and use the eye dropper and pick out the colours for her hair and face in that photo, its actually really werid to colour with! (left one)
- instead id use a yellower/oranger shade for a her skin and a brighter orangey brown for her hair
- i like to exaggerate and over brighten my colours! when i color balck hair, i really dislike using BLACK AND WHITE, so i use blue and yellow instead! shading with black and high lighting with white is something i try to avoid a lot because almost nothingis true black or true white ever
- OK SO MIXING COLOURS the results reallly DEPEND ON UR INITIAL COLOURS LIKE
- look at that gross red/orange thing and the really darkish green they dont look as nice as the pinker red and bright blue
- ok but the righ t red and green can look nice blended together!
- you have to pick the “‘RIGHT”’ COMPLETEMENTARY COLORUS for it to look nice together. if you put a grayish red next to a bright green it’ll look odd
- actually look i suck at explaining it just REALL Y HELPS TO EXPERIMENT WITH COLOURS IM SO SORRY IM UNHLEPFUL OMG GOMEN I REALLY DID TRY TO EXPLAIN IT
- SO IN THE END THE BEST WAY TO LEARN ABOUT COLOUR IS THROUGH EXPERIMENTATION AND SAVIN G THE COLOR SWATCHES YOUVE CREATED