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Color Theory by alizarinerose Color Theory by alizarinerose
This tutorial was created for a class and is really the culmination/collection of all the information I'm presenting. I went through a lot of tutorials about color and value, and figured I'd learn better if I wrote it all into my own words and created a tutorial.

factoid: You retain 90% of information you receive if you immediately use it to teach others, so let's see if it works ^.^
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the-midnight-fairy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Please.. someone can help me?  I'm very confused.. everyone and even in Japanese magazines they  talk about a scheme color and how to pick up colors that match each others... but still i don't understand how to picking colors, based to that color weel...
I read this tutorial, but I have just confusion of colors and nothing else.

I'm doing a drawing and now finished lineart, I need to choose colors. I'm starting from the brown of hair.. but I still don't understand what colors match with brown better... there's tertiary colors, double color, 4 colors in the color weel... but how to actually use ? I dont even seen the brown I want in the color scheme, how can I know how to count to get the colors that match?

I 've read this (it says 'be careful to select   colors that match your brown"--- yes.. but how?…

They explain about tertiary color, etc but still when I come to color my own drawing... I can't understand what color take . All that I know is that Ive decided the color of hair (light brown). All the rest, I dont have idea how to picking up the correct colors that give the drawing a nice coloring (because the perfect colors calculation before choose a color. I dont want to use casual colors)... I'm so confused...
See how they choose perfect colors?
tearherwrist Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
hi, please take this as constructive criticism as I mean no offense, I feel as if I should help you. I think you should make sure you fully understand color theory before presenting a tutorial for others. A lot of people take these things as fact because someone puts them online, but in fact there is a lot of wrong information on your picture here, especially regarding saturation and high/low key. you have them reversed. A color is most saturated in its purest form, not the other way around. Saturation refers to the amount of pigment of a certain hue present, the more you remove the pigment of that color, or add something else to it, the less saturated the original pigment becomes.  Tints and lighter ends of a specific hue spectrum fall into the (high key) area, and shades?black/darker ends of that hue spectrum fall into the (low key) area.  I think its great that you would like to help others and make tutorials, i really enjoy seeing things like this. good luck in the future :)
srivastavreddy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweartoad Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, thanks for this :D
tiny-terror-13 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is really going to help me! Thank you for the descriptive explanations!
Latharion Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you for making this! very helpful! :D
Rhodes-Dono Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome man, thanks for sharing!!

Ps: My father used to say we retain 90% of information if you immediately write down what u learn. So if I learn something and write and teach, I will retain 180% of info?? hahahaha =D
SotiriK Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Thank-you for a great tutorial. :)
ice-cream-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow! This is really detailed and helpful! Thank you for uploading this!!
bhagu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much.!
klomp123 Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never seen that light scale before, but now that I look at it, it makes sense.
alizarinerose Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
I'd never seen it before either; I freely admit, the information is learned from a tutorial DVD from Gnomon Workshop (Practical Light & Color). Expensive, worth it, not sure I'll buy too many more at that price ^___^;
klomp123 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing then. I probably never would have learned it otherwise :D
alizarinerose Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Well you're welcome. I've got to create a more detailed tutorial for a class; I'll edit the description with a link to the info when I get it uploaded, hopefully soon.
darquepinkpaper Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist
Really like this tutorial. The layout particularly for me. Sometimes tutorials can have a good amount of information but because of their...lack of attractiveness you don't want to look at it.

Great information!
Also, nice factoid in the comments. I did not know that. o_o
alizarinerose Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Heh. The payment for a part-time teaching job, actually ^.^ Weird little factoids about ... learning! Seems to work tho'. You retain 70/75% if you work with the info & apply it ^___^
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