oh yeah this is limited colour palette

anonymous asked:

Hey Diana, i was wondering if you could help me with something. i've tried to do some pallette drawings, and i can never get the shading colors right. how exactly do you do it? do you draw in greyscale and add the colors later? do you draw with the pallette straight away? thank you!

Hi there anon! 

Well, if you’re talking about those limited palette study thingies - you can’t really go wrong with the shading colors. Pick the color that separates light from dark and you’re there. The whole point is to just find interesting and creative ways of using different colors, it doesn’t necessarily has to be “right” (though it depends on what you mean by that).

I personally draw with the colors from the palette straight away and then just mix them up with the color picker. I don’t see the point in drawing in grayscale because it only adds more problems in my opinion, but idk maybe it works for some.

A simple example of my usual “process”:

0. Pick a random palette (this one is from Design Seeds).

  1. Make a sketch using the darkest/most contrasted color of the chosen palette.
  2. Create a new layer underneath the sketch and color in the flats with color that I want to serve as a midtone (best to set brush opacity to ~70%).
  3. Set the sketch layer opacity to 30-40% and merge it with the flats, then add some “clean” lines on top of all that. 
  4. Add highlights.
  5. Figure out where to put that one extra color that doesn’t really go well with the rest of the palette but I still gotta use it cause I ain’t no quitter. 
  6. ? (rendering)
  7. ?? (blend everything using a soft round brush or the mixer brush tool).
  8. Profit! Refine edges and add some shadows using second darkest color on the palette (lavender-ish in this case).

This wasn’t helpful in any way since I didn’t describe how to actually use the palette, but, well, that’s how I do it. :^) There’s a million (well, at least 5) different ways to use these colours, but that’s the most straight forward one. But you can play it the other way around, there are no rules really. 

Overall, I would suggest you to read “Color and Light” by James Gurney cause, well, it’s amazing and there’s a whole paragraph dedicated to limited palettes and how to work with them (from what I remember).

Eh, I dunno, drink more water, don’t be afraid to experiment. You’re gonna figure it out eventually (oh yeah, very helpful advice, I know).