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Lesson 1 : Color Wheel by Katmomma Lesson 1 : Color Wheel by Katmomma
If you don't know how to use the Color Wheel, then you won't know how Color Theory works ;)

You need to see this before I make a "blacks" tutorial.

I can't make this explanation any more basic.

Color Wheel --> [link]
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Corsicalynda Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The tips about the use of warm and cool colors were the most helpful to me.
Just like the tomato, banana and pear. (:
Thanks so much!
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grieving-lost-soul Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
:) Yet another of your resources I will refer to people. :D
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Artist
haha thanks! :hug:
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grieving-lost-soul Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
nu prob.
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Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
So what about a plumb, blueberry or a blackberry? Because they're cool colors, you'd want to use a warm color as a compliment/shadow, but then wouldn't the shadow advance?
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Professional Artist
with darker colors like that, you have to use the compliment in a multiply (transparent additive) layer for digital.....and in layerable traditional media, compliment over top. If you want the warm color to show, have it as your reflected light. But if you wanted to be bold, you could put the warm color compliment at it's original intensity. It's all up to the technique- hard to explain. XD
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Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Yeah, I can see that. I mean, I get the basic idea, and have for a while, but it kind of confused me in this because it makes sense, but then wouldn't the shadows be the most prominent in a picture, and normally that's not a good thing. I've been looking for a good, simple explanation for a while, so thank you for that in the tut, and thank you for doing so here too. :D
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aerinsol Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
thank you so much for putting this in terms i can understand clearly!
i'm mostly a self taught artist and i'm always struggling through colors, art vocabulary, and how they work on the feel to a picture

but now you've taught me basics where do it yourself art books couldn't

thank you and i'll be sure to check your other tutorials too!
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Artist
you are most welcome :hug: and I am glad I was able to help :D
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FyreQwyll Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
Once again, thank you!
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thunderfox5 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
Very elementar. I learned this while I was on my fifth grade (about 10 years old). The things you forget with time. This is not quite as straight forward to use in a digital environment, though anyone with a basic understanding of how colour works digitally on the RGB field, will have no problem bridging these knowledges.

Every artist starting with colours should read this. These truly are the theorical foundations to colouring.
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Professional Artist
Yep sure is :thumbsup: Thanks! :hug:
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niacherryblossom Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats helpful to me a bit..........lol i always bum the colours i like most
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Ice-Cube-101 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
THAAAAAANKKKK YOU!!!! :hug: + :glomp: * 100000000
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WildSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
I had a few "aha" moments while reading this. :XD: Thank you. :)

--WildSpirit
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Artist
:thumbsup: No probs! Glad it got your mind thinking :D
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PetrifiedMoon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
This is really great. :D I've taken a 2D design class in college a while ago, but it hardly covered much about color.

I agree that form, perspective, and tone should be learned first, but how would one go about it? Practice the different points in perspective, build up the shapes to make, say, figures, and then learn to shade them? What are some other ways, do you happen to know? :?

Thanks, and I can hardly wait for your new tutorials. :D
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Artist
Take Drawing Classes that involve drawing the Figure. (human body) They should also cover Perspective. Everything in drawing covers perspective in some way. But most importantly, drawing the human figure will teach you the basics. Use a medium like Conte Crayon/Charcoal -- it helps you learn tone better.

Basically, take Drawing classes. I only took 1 college drawing class-- and I knew these principals beforehand by studying the world around me and drawing the truth (what is really there)
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PetrifiedMoon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
Alright, I'll see into these. Thanks. :)
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TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely work on your tutorial. You've written in a simple and easy to understand manner. This should hopefully be helpful to those who are unlearned in color theory. Good work. :)
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Artist
:thumbsup: I hope this can help others too :D
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Dornyth Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Student General Artist
Woweowow...

That's a bunch of book-learnings!
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Scrawffler Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Awesome! The part I find most interesting is how to create different variations of grey (especially since that's something I was never actually taught in school or anything).

And all of this is good to refer to, whether you've previously learnt it or not. You've explained everything well and it's easy enough to follow, and I'm sure it'll be useful to a lot of people! (hey, I always find this stuff useful :D)
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Pintas481 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Well although I knew what you have explained here, I still think it's a very useufl tutorial, because you got the basics that are necessary for more advanced color theory... Lesson 2, shall we cal it? :D Anyways, I also find your way of explaining very understandable, which is good for when you're making a tutorial.
Can't wait to see more! these should prove to be useful for everyone!
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Artist
:thumbsup: Thanks! I can't wait to do more! Must....serve...master....color theory! :worship:
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Pintas481 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
Color Theory's whishes are my command! :O
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PrettyKitty13 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
:lol: You made this the most basic explination I can find. I understand the color wheel to a good extent.
Now this shall keep others busy for a while :XD:
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Artist
XD Thanks and awesome!
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PadawanLinea Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Student Digital Artist
This is fantastic! I already knew a lot of it, but the part with browns and using complements as shadows and highlights was very helpful. I can't wait for the blacks tutorial!
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Artist
:thumbsup: it's coming!
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HMMurdock Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thats great, thank you for doing this.
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Artist
:thumbsup: You're welcome!
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Wolf250 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got to print this "lesson" lol
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Artist
XD sure thing!
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Toranih Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Very helpful! Thanks for explaining this. :-D
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Artist
Thank you! and welcome! :hug:
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Toranih Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
:-D
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Arrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Wow. This is a great tute. I knew a little of this (which is surprising never took an art class in my life). I think I am realizing my biggest flaw when it comes to colored pencils: forgetting the compliment color and not enough layers.


This is very helpful. :hug: :glomp:
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Artist
:thumbsup: glad it was! :D
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PsychoGlitch Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice, and very thorough. Even if it is simple, it's extremely helpful. :D Thanks for this! ^^
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Artist
:thumbsup: welcome!
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