The Color Course: Understanding Color

Instructor: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

Expert Input: Mel Herring (PurpleKecleon) or more recently GlitchedPuppet

This first half of the color course focuses on understanding color from the terms associated with color, how lights project color, choosing color schemes, and much more. We go into different discussions like why Red and Cyan are considered true complimentary colors instead of red and green.

We begin first breaking down what is Color? Why is there confusion when figuring out what is considered Red? As we continue throughout this course we will constantly refer back to the three terms that better explain what color is.

From there we dive into working digitally and the differences that brings when working with color projected with light rather than pigments. Once you begin understanding working in RGB (Red, Green, Blue) then it becomes easier understanding how colors mix in this digital format.

Working with color, we need to understand the color wheels associated with art and the difference between the traditional and modern color wheels. We will then show you how to choose these colors accurately from within Photoshop.

Then we take the time to look at the terms associated with color such as tint, tone, shade, monochromatic, greyscale, analogous, complimentary, and warm/cool. There are a lot of color terms but they are quite simple once you know the meaning of each.

The last section in our understanding color course looks at creating basic color schemes and we have a guest appearance from one of our favorite color artists, Mel Herring giving her insights on working with color as well!

Let’s be completely honest here.

And I mean completely fucking honest.

Telling someone that you have their name, their family’s names, and their address, even WITHOUT telling them that you’re going to sue them for providing information to people, is not the sign of a healthy reaction in the slightest.

Telling someone that you have their name, their family’s names, and their address, is a threat.It is a blatant, violent threat. 

You are not helping the issue.

You are not providing more insight into the issue.

You are saying to someone “I know where you live”to try to scare them into silence.

Not only is that downright scary and uncalled for. That. Is. Abuse.

You are only proving to the masses that you are not ready to handle situations like an adult, as you are not willing to have a conversation about the issue, rather threatening to go to court about it.That is how cowards act. That is how abusers act. You have a problem.

Please, to anyone reading this, take all of this into consideration.

Glip, you’re not fooling anyone you selfish scam artist

Also, yesterday I made some tweets about this, but if you don’t want to participate because 20 dollars isn’t enough for you – that’s wonderful, and I hope you find some other thing to participate in that’s to your liking and pay amount! I absolutely encourage anyone to not do cheap work for something they don’t like or want to have fun with.

A job being fun is not good justification for it paying below minimum wage.

I’m 100% aware 20 dollars isn’t much, but then, no one else was supposed to be participating in this in the first place until people asked about being able to! And I don’t really want to bankrupt myself on a fun thing that’s mostly to be distributed either cheaply, or given for free in some cases, at comic conventions.

You’re selling the end result, even if cheaply. So it is not a “fun” thing to do no matter how many times you call it that. It’s a project that will return a profit for you, based on art of your character. If you weren’t selling the end result Glip and offering it as a free pdf/zip folder download, this entire thing would be more understandable but you are so this is a completely different ballgame. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say this again.

Glip, if you cannot afford to fairly compensate artists for a project that involves selling their art. You cannot afford the project in the first place.

I have a lot more to say about this sort of topic, but many zines do not pay at all, because they’re a small fun thing. Or they pay a small amount, because that’s what the person can afford… and it’s still a fun thing.

“Other people rip off artists so it’s ok when I rip off artists!”

“Other people steal from others so it’s ok when I steal from people!”

“Other people do this action that I normally condemn but since it’s “fun” it’s now ok!”

Glip. No matter how many times you repeat the word fun, it does not make the fact that you are under paying people who contribute to your work and selling it for a profit. In an industry that is already notorious for not paying the workers enough. You are contributing to the problem. Own the fuck up to it.

I’m participating in a different zine right now with dozens of other artists, with the payrate being 20/page, because I want to. I’ve worked for less, too. Does that mean you have to, or should? Not at all. But some people like to participate in a community thing and have fun, and payment is a bonus. So… 

Still doesn’t change the fact the pay rate is still abysmally small. I think a worker should at least make minimum wage when their work is being used for someone else’s profit. I think it is wrong for you to use someones love of a work to get them to work for what’s basically nothing.

Under paying people is fucking wrong Glip.

Also, yeah, we know you totally really don’t care about those upset at the pay rate, with you constantly blocking those that say “hey this is under priced”, deleting their comments (so the potential unaware artists won’t know perhaps???) and you already showed your true colors about this topic any way to people…

You selfish, ego inflated, fake, scam artist.

If anything, you’re just sorry your “love and respect all artists” facade got caught in the lie.


I still see that hate for PK is still going around. Look, I’m going to say straight up– if you actually believe Pengo, i’m sorry but your being extremely hypocritical.

Because, that means to say you have only read the short version of Pengo’s post. Not the long one. And didn’t read or ignored eevee and PK’s post which was full of actual evidence.

If you had actually read the long version carefully(instead of judging it with tunnel vision because you want PK to be guilty) You would realize that Pengo constantly admits that he DID do what PK said he did, then apologizes, and immediately afterwards calls PK an abuser.

For instance, This final apology was at the end of the long post. If you actually read the long post, basically sums up that his entire 50 pages he wrote was pure slander that is intended entirely for revenge.

Yes, he discredits HIMSELF.

Right there, he admits fully that everything he said, and did to PK (that he blames them for now) was WRONG and he apologized.

I shouldn’t need to say more. But

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