All my early Kylux art is low saturation for some reason, and so, in honor of the new trailer coming out the 14th here is some art in the style of my art when I first jumped onto kylux from stormpilot and skysolo for the hate sex and BDSM and I just forgot to leave. Cheers ya’ll.
More on my bullet journal journey. I liked the weekly for this week but I’m in love with the design for next week. Slowly starting to doodle more and realize that it doesn’t have to be perfect. Finals week is starting on Monday and I’m already so stressed
Maybe Laf accidentally happening upon Aaron wearing one of his shirts or hoodies or something (of which it is @ least 3x too big )
Sorry for the wait, anon! Hope you don’t mind me writing nonbinary Laf, I haven’t written them in a while. Rest under the readmore
thing was, Aaron just loved to tease Lafayette over their fashion
sense. It was all “I didn’t know that many colours existed,” and
“If we have children, you are banned from dressing them.”
Sometimes, it was even “If I go blind, I’m sue-ing you.”
in good fun, of course. If Lafayette didn’t already know Aaron’s
teasing tone, they would have known from the way Aaron would lean to
his tip-toes to give them an apologetic peck on the cheek.
least I don’t wear nothing but blacks and greys,” Lafayette would
resent that, I’ve been known to wear maroon, time to time.” Aaron
would answer, clearly referencing his jacket.
would grin. “I bought that for you. You were going to go with
brown. I finally convinced you to not go with a neutral colour, for
was a balance. Not an important one, but one Lafayette appreciated
all the same. Their boyfriend was just as wonderful in his preferred
quiet style as he was in dramatic, eye popping colours. The only
thing that mattered was what made him more comfortable, which just so
happened to be low saturated purples, browns, and charcoals.
it was a bit of a surprise when Lafayette came over unannounced one
day to see Aaron lounging in their hoodie at the kitchen table,
rather than one of Aaron’s own. The soft pastel tie-die pattern mixed
with sharp black accents was extremely familiar, and Lafayette found
their eyes glued to it.
was, after all, a very unfamiliar sight on their boyfriend, at least
three sizes too big and looking all the more comfy for it.
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Hey, can i what color do you use for shading? and how do you pick colors in general?
OK I GET THESE QUESTIONS PRETTY OFTEN so im gonna try and explain it a bit!!! (i wanna say that this “explanation” is probably very badly worded and confusing since 1) english is not my first language and 2) im rly awful at explaining things i do that are based on my own feelings)
Hi! First off, your art is literally eye candy. Love your various styles and vibrant colours. Second, speaking of colour, I've always stuck to classic black-and-white but recently began experimenting with colour on Photoshop. The outcome of my works however, generally end up flat & boring. I understand colour theory & such, but the issue is applying colours. So my question, how do you get colours to 'harmonize' with/without lineart, and just how to colour really haha. Thank you!
First: shucks. Thank you ^_^
OKAY. okay. I’m not nervous, who’s nervous? Talking about color is easy. You’re nervous.
I’ve had this question a few times and each time I get tied in knots trying to think of how to explain color.
More than almost anything it’s the sort of thing you have to show, and the sort of thing you have to practice over time yourself.
But there are a few tips I think I can offer.
First off, you’re working in black and white, great! That’s the first and most important step to good color. Pretty color is another matter, but good color relies on the structure of a piece or design and contributes to its clarity- it tells parts of the story that only color can. But it serves a goal- and more often than not that goal is clarity- and clarity comes from value structure.
Setting up strong black and white contrast- learning to direct the eye with light and shadow, figuring out how to use greys to emphasize or wash out portions of your composition- all of those are the key foundation of good color. Always keep the focus in your mind, especially when using bright and exciting colors- otherwise you’ll combine colors that fight the structure and the viewer won’t be able to make sense of what they’re looking at or where the important parts are.
If you know about color theory, you know that the most important principle is complimentary color contrast- it’s the most basic building block. Practice using basic pairings like blue/orange, red/green, and yellow/purple to understand how to direct the eye with color, the same way you already do with black and white.
Try exercises where you limit your palette with swatches or you mix actual paint to try and get the colors you want from only a few limited tubes. Trying to paint from life like this will teach you an enormous amount about the underlying structure of color before you move on to wild neon.
Commit to a period of time where you avoid pure black- look for dark, saturated complimentary colors to create shadows that won’t deaden the sense of volume the way adding pure black or grey will. Keep value structure in mind.
When I want to create a glowing warm orange light, I use blue and blue-purples in the shadows of the piece to create color contrast that punches the lights I eventually add.
Work dark to light (and try working light to dark as well, with a medium like watercolor). With dark to light you spend time first creating a “mud”- a value structure reliant first layer of the painting where you focus on the colors of the shadows, the fluctuations between warm and cold shadow- the local colors as they appear when they are outside of the light- make your mud interesting but not eye catching or very saturated. You are setting the table, here.
Build from that point- create bright points of focus with saturated and complimentary highlights on top of the “mud” (if the mud is a purple mud, mix yellows and golds into the highlights). This way of painting is really satisfying- putting controlled highlights on at the end can be the most fun part. We used to joke about it all the time in art school- it’s dinner time; the ecstatic moment you put the little bitty white shine on at the very end and everyone goes “ooOooh”
The satisfaction of that “ooOooh” moment will depend proportionally on how well you set the table with your complex, nuanced “mud” beforehand!
Most of my process revolves around paying attention first to the mud of a design- trying to pick colors that are harmonious (which is largely practiced intuition- but also has to do with grouping similar saturation levels and popping with calculated moments of complimentary contrast where I want to draw attention)- still, at the start nothing stands out especially- I’m putting down dishes before I serve up the turkey ;) Then I build in brightness and saturation to the areas of emphasis in the piece or on the character.
With my brighter, more candy-colored work, the process is different but the principles are similar- the “mud” of the piece is brighter, more saturated- the shadows often grouped in a low-ish saturation range of purples, blues and pinks- the highlights often coming in with warm golds. These pieces usually rely more on pure color contrast and slightly less on value structure for their oomph- but it’s all still there, under the surface.
After a while you’ll move past the simple complimentary color pairings and on to more subtle relationships of color, cooler light courses, bounce light and ambient occlusion, you’ll tell different stories with color based on insights you’ve gleaned from observation.
Sometimes it comes down to simply “I like that photo/painting/feeling/obscure memory from my childhood, and I’m going to try to copy it until I get it right.” You learn a lot along the way through copying- and there’s a huge complicated world of color out there with masterful luminaries and great fun to be had.
You can learn from the outside-in by copying and color picking from the masters, or from the inside-out by practicing exercises that will help build your skill. My advice?
The biggest trick is just practice and time- if you set your mind to it, you will improve and eventually it will be second nature. I super duper hope this is helpful to you and to anyone else struggling (as I did, and I do) with color in their art! Be well :)